Doug DeMuro became known for many cars – if not, all cars.
He may have been best known for one car as we’ll see, but over the years he’s been able to review – and own – a staggering number of cars of literally all shapes and sizes.
With a taste for a car that recognizes as ‘any car’, his ownership history ranges from Nissan pickup trucks like the S-Cargo to Ferrari 360.
Of all the cars in his 32-car owning history, he regrets selling one perhaps the most, but for that we’ll need to go back to Doug DeMuro’s impressive list of cars once again.
The history of the Doug DeMuro begins with small steps
Like most people, Doug begins his car ownership history with a slightly bland looking car, in his case a white sedan.
But for starters, this Volvo is a lot more interesting – a 1996 850 turbo, 220hp, 2.3L, 5-cylinder engine making it pretty quick for 2004 when he got it.
This was followed by one of his early favorites, a 2001 B5 Audi A4 he got in 2007 with another automatic transmission and a 2.8-liter V6 with 190 horsepower – the Tiptronic automatic transmission unfortunately failed, but he moved on to a bigger car and better things.
In 2010, a 6-month stint with a Volkswagen Golf GTI with manual gearbox led to a Porsche 911996 when he got a job at Porsche – then a 3-month relationship with a 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser in turn led to a 1998 BMW M3 E36.
It’s the only BMW owned by Doug DeMuro: the BMW M3 E36
That the BMW M3 is a car that sold in 2011 for $10,000—a number that today should be higher as its value grows: Today, according to Classic.com’s sales value aggregator, A manual BMW M3 E36 is worth nearly $18,000 Based on 103 sales over 5 years.
While it was a great car, the model we regretted selling is from this era; Doug 2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Sedan.
This car was acquired for a reasonable $12,000 with 49,000 miles on the odometer – he admits he wishes he hadn’t sold this car despite the long list of great cars that Merc follows.
When he later sold it for $9,500 to a lawyer, it had 150,000 miles and that lawyer would continue to use the Mercedes daily, which is a great end to the story.
It’s a pleasant surprise to note that this early 2000s sedan is one of his most beloved even as it sits in the shadows cast by the Ferrari, Lotus Elise, Cadillac CTS-V, and Porsche 911 Turbo 966.
The Mercedes-Benz ‘E55 AMG is my favorite and cool Dodge Demuro
It may not be old by car standards, but the Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG looks pretty old by today’s standards, but Doug liked it a lot and in 2011 when he owned the car, it could have looked even more impressive.
Classic.com also lists a 1998-2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG W210, valued at approximately $17,000. A small but not a slight increase over DeMuro’s original $12,000 cost.
This version of the Mercedes E-Class was a capable sedan and still looks good on paper today – the 349-hp, 5.4-liter V8 sent its power to the rear wheels via a five-speed transmission, but it was a heavy car, too.
According to the same website, the car will also be offered in a 4-Matic AWD version which is probably our pick for a sedan from the first decade.
Doug DeMuro’s collection of cars starts and ends with diamonds in the rough
Doug talks fondly of most of his 32 cars, most of which today would be considered indispensable cars, such as the Audi RS2, Lotus Elise, Ferrari 360, Porsche 911 Turbo 966, BMW M3 E36, Cadillac CTS-V, and Nissan Skyline GT-R R32, Ford GT40, Dodge Viper GTS, Kia Stinger, Aston Martin V8 Vantage… the list is long.
Even the low points show Doug’s unbiased view of all the cars, which he says is what he thinks of his main strength and appeal in his YouTube videos.
With cars like the Audi A4, Nissan S-Cargo, and Toyota Prius perhaps not making a mark in his fans’ heads, they at least show his open mind and ability to appreciate most, if not all, cars.
In this list of car ownership – which is longer in a YouTube video – the Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG probably doesn’t stand out as one of Doug’s most regrettable cars selling, but that’s the beauty of car ownership: Everyone gets a different kick out of different machines.
Additionally, the E55 gave way to more cars, then the 2006 Range Rover he bought in 2012 that would kick-start his career and enable him to thrive in his YouTube role.
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