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Engine-swapped 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has $55k in mods, a HEMI V8, and it's for sale

A seller from Elma, New York has taken his Jeep Gladiator to the next level.

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Online automotive auction site Cars & Bids has a unique 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon up for sale. From the outside the model looks pretty status quo for a Gladiator Rubicon - Billet Silver Metallic paint job and Freedom Top 3-Piece hardtop. The real magic lies beneath its hood.

In March 2020, the Gladiator Rubicon had its standard 3.6-liter V6 engine swapped out for a 6.2-liter HEMI V8 by America's Most Wanted 4x4. The truck also got a transmission upgrade courtesy of a Ram 2500 - an eight-speed automatic.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon: HEMI-swapped with many upgrades

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But that's not all. It's also now outfitted with a custom Eco Evolutions coil-over suspensions, Eco Long Arm in front, Mid Arm in rear, Tazar Flashcal chip, Rough Country Black Edition slim light bar and pods, and an Adams driveshaft. The Gladiator's differentials have been re-geared to a 4.88 ratio.

The exterior has gotten some upgrades as well. There's a GoRhino front bumper with Smittybilt X20 winch, cold air intake, 10 layers of ceramic coat paint, a custom 3.5-inch exhaust, and N-FAB Nerf steps. It rides on 17x8.5-inch Black Rhino Beadlock wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich KM3 tires (37"x12.5").

It has a number of features as standard equipment right from Jeep's Toledo plant that haven't been modified including leather bucket seats with red stitching, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, Alpine Premium Audio System, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a heated steering wheel.

In addition to the hard top, the truck comes with a Premium Freedom black Sunrider soft top.

Standard safety features include blind spot and cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, advanced brake assist, a forward-facing TrialCam off-road camera, and Off-Road+ drive mode.

There are a few flaws. There's a dent above the passenger-side rear fender, some rust on the undercarriage, and a slight pull to the right.

The current owner, from Elma, New York, is the original buyer.

The modifications to the truck alone are valued at $55,000 by the owner. The original MSRP before modifications was $62,235. At the time of publication, there were 15 bids for the truck that had driven the price up to $51,505 with two days left to bid.

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European sports sedan

Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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The Nissan Pathfinder is just at home on the trial as it is on the road.

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One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken". The message is about making choices and, how the road taken made all the difference. Often in life and on the road, we have to make one choice. Take one road. No turning back. I thought of this poem on my recent test drive in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder in the hinterlands of Montana, when I could take two different roads—paved and dirt—and that made all the difference!

Nissan has redesigned and retooled its fifth-generation Pathfinder instilling greater latitude for buyers who want to travel both types of roads and expand their adventure footprint. After seven decades of off-road development, 35 years in the business of selling Pathfinders, and with more than 1.8 million sold in the U.S., this Japanese automaker has moved the needle with a ground-up revision of the previous-gen model.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is a capable off-roader.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The full-sized sport utility is available in four trims (S, SV, SL and Platinum) and two- and four-wheel drive versions; Nissan expects that nearly 60 percent of buyers will choose four-wheel drive. The Pathfinder is in a segment that has grown larger each year as more families want a vehicle for around-town, school and playdate runs and for weekend getaways with traction technology that allows travel in the backcountry and good towing capability. Direct competitors are the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer.

A day-long drive of approximately 150 miles on tarmac and over a variety of dirt roads and tracks provided the opportunity to assess the Pathfinder's updates. A late-spring snowstorm added slickness to all the road surfaces in the region and allowed the Pathfinder to show off its traction capabilities at both slow and higher speeds and with lane change and emergency-braking maneuvers, when towing. I concentrated my evaluation on the augmented hardware and software designed to enhance the crossover's capabilities for backcountry travel and towing.

What I found most notable over every road surface was the comfortable ride and responsive handling that come from a collection of upgrades—and, in particular, as a result of the following: the gearing on the new nine-speed transmission, with paddle shifters for personal and more precise shifting for sport driving and slowing over rough terrain; the new terrain mode system that's engineered for different driving conditions; the four-wheel drive system that moves torque more quickly to avoid wheel slip; the improved suspension system; and new tires with a larger contact patch and more aggressive tread pattern, among other changes.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Pathfinder's drive modes are designed to inspire confidence. Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Pathfinder provided sure-footed motoring and comfort over uneven surfaces. Its 7.1 inches of ground clearance easily maneuvered over the small obstacles on the trail and hill descent control took the reigns without hesitation for steeper and longer downhills on traction-compromised surfaces.

I was also impressed with the Pathfinder's towing competence and appreciated the standard trailer sway control onboard all trims. It offered notably strong, mannered acceleration from a standing start and excellent straight-line braking without porpoising for either exercise.

The new 2022 Pathfinder brings off-road and towing attributes that are important to families who are seeking to spend time in the backcountry for days trips and longer and for overlanding in terrain that doesn't require a true off-road vehicle with a low range. It's will appeal to buyers who want don't want to have to choose only one road.

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