I saw the post "Best Marketplace to sell M6" and it certainly sounds like the type of place to sell a "special situation" car, that shouldn't be sold to the average BMW owner. My problem then is, how to price it, and what to repair before marketing, or just sell it as-is. Obviously, it might be best to partner with someone locally, (Orlando, FL area), that's interested in doing the work and participating in the sale proceeds. Here's my story:
I've got TWO e38 740Li's that are both 2001, (AND also an e38 2003 704i). Both are low mileage (< ~ 80k?) One is in great shape, the other has been out in the sun too long, The "sunburned" model is one I have to sell. It is the factory sports model, it handles fantastic and runs better than my stock 740lLi 2001. I am incidentally a car dealer, but have been too busy to sell any cars in the past... number of years. There's two of us, and I certainly don't need 3 BMW's. I bought this car in 2004 for $ 51,000 USD with about 13,000 miles, and it came from the Miami, FL area. The rubber seals were cracked when I got it, so it has seldom been garaged, unfortunately. The paint has the clear coat half off, but repainting it right would be expensive, and if I ever did take it to the auction, I'd get dinged with a half-assed paint job that would make it appear to hide accident damage.
What's great -- > Low Mileage, no accident, leather in good/great shape, lifts work properly, runs great, handles fantastic with the sports package, (Wheels say STS), the engine is strong, and accelerates from a stop properly without any hesitation, (as my other 2001 oil soaked ignition does).
Here's what is wrong with it -- sadly, most of this is nothing but sun damage.
- It's 2001, but an earlier model that has the old MK (1?) Nav screen, (my other 2001 has the later Mk3 screen)
Speakers shot (even on my "always garaged" 2001, they've blown recently as well ).
Nav screen needs replaced from sun damage (but, it works).
One window regulator in the back / drivers
Hood won't open (got any advice to easily pop it while minimum disassembly?)
Mileage must be validated / determined, since the LED's are illegible and need replaced. (Will and OBD give me that??)
Mirrors need replacing
Taillight plastic needs replacing
Center console phone cradle no lock
Needs a new great set of tires
Missing one hub cap/cover (ETC or something?? I don't remember)
Battery is somewhat weak, I think
Paint has clear coat half-off --- Will need someone that knows if and how to refurbish or repaint.
It has never been in a wreck of any kind, (I don't believe, but could and would verify). In addition to the price, I'd also like some suggestions of where to post it for sale in the US, (like Bimmerfest).
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