As minivans and SUVs shoved station wagons to the facet late in our earlier century, guide transmissions likewise fell out of favor with nicely-heeled American car or truck consumers. Finding a 21st-century wagon with three pedals and all-wheel-drive— very well, that is a junkyard challenge. I see the occasional discarded guide-outfitted Audi A4 wagon and I even own a 5-velocity ’04 Outback wagon myself, but a BMW E46 with long roof, handbook transmission and AWD? Which is a tricky a person. Here’s such a automobile, identified in a Denver-space self-company garden.
BMW offered late (1988-1991) E30s with all-wheel-drive programs, and those people cars and trucks are continue to typical sights in the Denver place. The E30’s successor, the E36, arrived with rear-drive only, but all-wheel-push returned with the E46. The 325xi Touring wagon was out there here for the 2001 through 2005 model several years.
Practically all of people vehicles experienced automatic transmissions, as American 3-Collection potential buyers had grow to be a slushbox-hefty group by 2001, but this just one had the 5-on-the-ground manual. For the reason that so several racers, drifters and BMW-themed influencers have E46s currently and they all want manuals, somebody grabbed the unusual gearbox out of this car shortly following it arrived in the junkyard.
The 2.5-liter straight-6 made 184 horsepower, so this wagon would have been about 19 situations extra entertaining than an ’01 Outback.
Indeed, you could even now get a cassette player in your BMW “Enterprise” radio in 2001.
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