Rare 5-Speed: 2000 BMW 528i Wagon – $6,500

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Wagon Wednesday has delivered one of the few modern-era wagons that could be ordered with a manual transmission and rear wheel drive. This 2000 BMW 528i wagon here on Craigslist in Rye, New Hampshire, is listed with a stated mileage of 183,735 miles and a bold claim of over $12,000 in maintenance and servicing over the last few years. The seller is asking $6,500 for the long roof Bimmer, which is listed with no mention of any rust despite residing in New Hampshire.   Checking the NADA Classic Car Guide shows that the BMW is priced  a bit higher than that the market would command, with its asking price a few ticks above the “Average” retain of $4,450.  If you need some extra room and prefer your estates to come with inline-six, email the seller here.

BMW has long offered a station wagon variant of its mainstream sedans, the 3-Series and 5-Series. The latter came with more room, just as the four-door version did. The pairing of the longroof body with a manual transmission has further made BMW the darling of the enthusiast vehicle world, as the few remaining automakers that still offer a wagon rarely made one with three pedals. There, BMW clearly stood apart, from both its competitors and now, itself: the company may still offer a wagon, but none with the manual gearbox, a break with tradition that left many enthusiasts crying foul.

This example has surprisingly been listed for a few weeks, an anomaly considering stick-shift BMW wagons tend to change hands pretty quickly. The listing makes no mention of my primary concern, that being rust, as the handsome exterior can sometimes be hiding a rust-soaked chassis on cars that have been used in daily activities in communities north of Boston. The listing also details plenty of recent maintenance at the hands of the current owner, including a new clutch and fly wheel, radiator, brakes, front suspension work, and more. Supposedly, there are receipts that back this work up, and the E39 wagon has a current inspection sticker. The price may be a touch high for a wagon closing in on 200,000 miles, but from the pictures, it looks like it’s been loved. Good luck with the purchase if you decide to move forward.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“2000 528i Sport Wagon with a very rare 5spd standard transmission. Over $12,000 in repairs and maintenance has been done in the past few years. Including, clutch & fly wheel, radiator, brakes, front suspension etc. I have all of the invoices that outline the work that was done by Precision BMW Repair in Brentwood, NH. The vehicle has a January Inspection sticker and is right as rain. Bluetooth radio and Nav. I have many extra parts and all of the original radio parts. Looking for an E39 lover who will enjoy the rarity and utility of this fine wagon. $6,500 OBO

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