SPECS
Horsepower
322 HP
Torque
361 LB-FT
Curb Weight
4553 LB
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Size
5.4 L
Transmission Type
Automatic
Top Speed
155 MPH
Zero to Sixty
6 Seconds
MPG (City/Highway)
(9/15) MPG
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        VEHICLE STORY

        I had a BMW right out of high school in 1996 when I bought an E21 320i with several hundred thousand miles on it for 600 bucks cash. It had a 3 speed automatic with no overdrive, rack and pinion steering and a key that required a wrench to turn reliably. Bombing down the back roads of Ohio in that car remain some of my fondest motoring memories.  I vowed to have another BMW someday, but I never found myself in a position to get the one that made sense for me at the time. When I had enough to buy my first car, I didn't make quite enough to afford the BMW I wanted, but I vowed to make my next car a BMW. So, when it came time to sell my car, I started hunting.  Since purchasing the previous car, a 2012 Huyundai Tiburon GT  with a 6-Speed, my wife gave birth to two children, so my car needs had changed quite a bit. I now wanted a sedan, obviously. But something with some kick to it. A newer 3 series or an older 5. Maybe something with all wheel drive if I could find an iX I liked. Then, my wife was driving by a dealership on a Saturday and texted me "There's a really pretty looking BMW over here. I think you should come look at it." And she sent me a picture from perhaps 100 feet away, but I could tell it was a really clean E38. It looked to be an iL, so figuring a 740iL that had been thrashed to within an inch of it's life, but I might get lucky and get a garage queen. I sighed as I grabbed my phone to call and ask about it on my break, sure I was about to be disappointed. I got the dealer on his way out the door for the weekend. "Hey, I'm calling about the 7 series. Do you have any details?" "Yeah, it's a750il, V12, two owner, with records. Under 100K, and it's the cleanest thing I've ever seen. Everyone is gone for the weekend, but if you want, I will give you dibs on Monday morning." Luckily, I had the day off, and I made it clear that I was interested and had cash in hand. So I drive to the dealer and it is, unbelievably, legit. It's the cleanest 16 year old car I've ever seen.  First owner was a production company who used it to pick up VIP's from the airport, second owner was an older family man who babied it. CarFax pulled records from the local BMW authorized repair place. I drove it, I paid, I smiled.  And then I had to fill it up. Then I cried. Now that gas has gone down, it's only $70 and not $100 to fill it up, so it's not so ridiculous these days, but every time I put my foot in it, I know where my money goes, unlike a lot of cars.

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