As I’ve said before, the E36 and I go way back and they always strike a chord in my heart. Especially when it’s a sedan, and especially when it’s Estoril Blue. So blah blah blah, one of the best handling cars of the 90s, 240hp inline-6 that sings, yeah yeah. These cars are just dead sexy, end of story.
This 1998 sedan on eBay is painfully similar to the M3 that gave me my first taste of speed, down to the unparalleled Estoril/Magma combo and M Double Spoke IIs.
The lights and M3 Lightweight vinyl wouldn’t have been top priorities for me, but I don’t hate them. Mostly this looks like a nice stock M3, devoid of the overblown modifications or packed-on miles that plague many E36s. The interior isn’t top-notch, and it’s a shame to see those great Magma seats scarred up. Also, can’t NOT mention the salvage title, but it seems well-explained and properly taken care of.
Bottom line: This is an imperfect example of one of my perfect cars, and it could end up being a great deal with bidding starting at about $7k. Just remember how much fun these cars are and ask yourself if ~$10k is worth it. I think so.
A brief switch away from our Budget Theme Week to highlight an exceptional car recommended by reader/commenter Bob…
I believe I’ve recounted it before, but the E36 M3 Sedan was the first fast car I ever got to drive after receiving my license. My best friend’s dad was a high-powered lawyer who lived modestly but loved his toys, hiding an Estoril Blue M3 4-door and 6 Ducatis behind his unassuming 2-car garage doors. With carefully timed and worded requests, we were allowed to take it out on occasion and entered active car enthusiasm for the first time after years of reading and dreaming. The car purred, growled, and clawed its way around the island we grew up on, and thus firmly planted itself in my automotive genetics. It is essentially why I write for this blog.
Bob alerted us to this exceptional M for sale on eBay. It’s covered a relatively low 73k miles and is claimed to be “shockingly nice.” From the photos and description it looks it, an excerpt of which follows.
At EuroWerkz we have bought, sold, owned, maintained, built, modified, showed, and won with some of the nicest BMW M3’s in the country. We are 25+ year members of the BMW CCA. I am a long time member of the E30 SIG as well as an active member of several BMW forums and groups. We love BMW’s we know BMW’s and M3’s and this is one hell of a nice M3.
It took me over 2 years to buy this car from the prior owner and I have enjoyed it for a while so it’s time for the next more permanent owner to enjoy. We would really like to see this car go to a BMW enthusiast who can appreciate it and continue it’s over the top care and maintenance as I see this car as one that will represent the breed 10-20-30 years from now.