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post #11 of 23 Old 28th June 2019, 01:58 PM
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Looks like a nice car! That color combo is sought after by enthusiasts too.

If it were me, I'd do full detail work inside and out, replace the black kidney grills with OEM and simply disclose the rear bumper issue. You really can't even see it. I wouldn't spend money on any of the deferred maintenance items as you won't get your money back in the sale IMO.

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post #12 of 23 Old 29th June 2019, 01:38 AM
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I think Brian is now past #10 on Caramel interior restorations. After you get it refreshed, you will not want to sell the car!

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Unhappy Want to Sell?

Hell, Chuck, I don't want to sell the car now!

However, the deal I made with my wife on the 911 purchase necessitates the sale.
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I saw this car down in New Bern a month or two ago with a few other M cars. As an AW M5 owner (though PO painted it blue), I was trying to point out to the rest of the family the rarity of the AW / Caramel / Full Leather interior.

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Yep, I was down there with the BMW club. Not-so-fun end of the day: I had parked at the restaurant, while the rest of the club parked over by Tryon Palace. When my wife and I want to leave, the car was dead, and the rest of the club was already heading home! WTF - I had no problems on the drive down from Raleigh. After I went through the "pessimistic" list of what I would need to do to get it home, I started thinking about what would make it go from running great to being absolutely dead. I decided it had to be the battery, or the battery cables. Anything more serious, and I would have to call someone to tow it back home. So, as the battery in these cars is in the trunk, and easily accessible, I uncovered it to find that one cable was loose! Problem solved! Of course, since I'm a little slow in the DIY department, all that took about a half hour in the 90+ heat, with a VERY unhappy wife .... I do think that the AW/caramel combination is a great looking M5: I still turn back to look at it as I'm walking away, thinking "Damn that's a good looking car!"
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This is just my opinion but a 2000 with 147k on the clock seems to me to fall in the driver category. It's a little difficult to determine the condition of the interior without a picture or to really see the hole in the rear bumper. It is a great and desirable color and extended leather option, but still, to me just a driver. How much do you think it's worth? I would just sell and enjoy the 911.
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2001 - Big Difference

OF COURSE it's a driver! But, a very nice driver, in a great color combination, in excellent condition, well cared for, with receipts dating from when I purchased the car.


As for selling it and enjoying the 911, that is exactly what I am doing. I purchased the 911 in CA, and drove it back to NC (3,633 miles), and loved every minute. As I get more used to the Porsche, I find it drives very different from the M5, but in a good way: more sports car, less sedan.
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The interior refresh will go a long way in you getting top dollar for your M5. As Tim mentioned get it detailed and paint corrected and it will bring you plenty. When I purchased my 540i wagon the previous owner had a dog that itís hair caused the leather to turn. It looked liked pee all rubbed into the seats. The leather was good I had it reconditioned and dyed and this really made the interior match the exterior. I paid $2300 for the wagon because it needed timing guides. I put new timing guides, chain, vanish seals, and coolant hoses/service. Redid the suspension. I drove the vehicle as a daily driver. I bought it with 155k and kept it for 3 years and sold it with 198k.i sold it for$8900. Had I not done the interior probably would have brought $6500. I spent $700 on the interior. Itís worth it especially when the rest of the car looks so good.

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post #20 of 23 Old 15th July 2019, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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On Consignment

I have decided to take my car to European Performance, in Raleigh, and have them sell it on consignment; mostly because I will be traveling a lot in the next few months. They will do a few things to get it ready to sell, then put it on their lot and website. I'm not sure what the asking price will be: I've just set a minimum, and will let the professionals go from there. Here's their website: https://www.europeanperformance.net/
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