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Mark Holthoff

Before joining Klipnik, Mark spent eight years at Edmunds.com developing and running their Live Advice and Consumer Reviews programs. His first car was a 1974 Triumph TR6 in Sapphire Blue, which he bought with his life savings of $2000 and kept running with a combination of spare change, duct tape and dumb luck.

Brawny Bimmer: E39 540i with 6-speed Manual

For September 17, 2020, our used car find is this well-kept 2001 BMW 540i sedan with 93k miles and a rare 6-speed manual gearbox. It’s listed for sale on craigslist by a private seller in the Orange County area for $9998.

Here’s what makes this one special.

190E 2.6 Sportline with 5 Speed Manual

For September 2, 2020, our used car find is this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 with 60k miles and not only the rare Sportline package but also an almost unheard of 5-speed manual gearbox. This unicorn is listed for sale on eBay in Traverse City, Michigan, for $17,900.

Here’s what makes this one special.

Datsun 280ZX Survivor with 5-speed Manual

For September 16, 2020, our used car find is this 1979 Datsun 280ZX survivor with 99k miles and a 5-speed manual gearbox. It’s listed on craigslist by a private seller in the Ft. Collins area for $7000.

Here’s what makes this one special.

6-speed Manual Saab 9-3 Aero SportKombi

For September 12, 2020, our used car find is this one-owner 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero SportKombi with relatively few miles (92k) and a rare manual gearbox. It’s listed on craigslist by a private seller in the Dallas area for $7000.

Here’s what makes this one special.

1990 Honda Accord Time Capsule

For August 22, 2020, our used car find is this one-owner 1990 Honda Accord LX sedan with just 27k miles, which is listed for sale on craigslist in the Houston area for $7250.

Here’s what makes this one special.

Scam Alert: Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel with Odometer Rollback

Today’s find is actually a warning and not a recommendation. In our daily hunt for used car gems, we came across this clean looking W124 generation E Class diesel, which is listed for sale on craigslist in the Sacramento area. With a claimed 57k miles and a clean vehicle history report, it was looking like a pretty strong buy at the asking price of $9500.

However, a little digging revealed that this was not such a great buy at all. In fact, it is quite clearly a scam.