1997 BMW M3 sedan

It seems that when I’m looking around at E36 M3 sedans, a lot of them are equipped with automatic transmissions. Every time I spot a clean one with a 5 speed, it catches my eye. Like this one:

1997 BMW M3 sedan on Philadelphia Craigslist

The seller states:

1997 BMW M3 Sedan. 112,000 miles Silver exterior with Black leather interior.
Excellent condition 4 door with 5 speed transmission. Equipped with luxury package wood interior, power everything – seats with heat, windows, locks, cruise, on board computer and roof. The only options it does not have is the cd changer and alarm. M3 is all stock, absolutely no modifications have ever been done.

I bought this M3 more than 5 yrs ago when it had 92,000 miles on it from a family member. No issues with it at all, everything works perfectly. Well serviced and taken care of, oil changes and services regularly and extremely reliable. Immaculate paint and near perfect interior. I am asking $9.9k or reasonable offers – prices similar to those for sale in the area but in much better shape than what I have seen around. I am selling because I need to get an SUV, I just don’t drive it enough.

While any type of M car is a risk with over 100k miles, the seller seems rather honest in the description. Buying an SUV to replace this fine machine seems like heresy, however. This is a lot of car for $9,900, especially given that it was, in my opinion, one of the finest examples of a sport sedan ever to emerge from
Munich.

-Paul

286 horsepower BMW E30 Touring Wagon

Another find from Watkins Glen. Not much info is provided and I wasn’t able to meet the seller, but he does provide an e-mail address, magnanimousmotorwerks@gmail.com, for those who are curious.
This is a 318i wagon that has received the gift of a Euro spec six with the individual throttle bodies, probably a 3 liter  S50 out of a E36 M3. The seller claims 286 horsepower from the Euro mill. The car also has suspension and brake upgrades with parts from an E36 M coupe, TC Kline coilovers, Koni shocks and a 3.25 limited slip differential.

The car could use some cosmetic cleanup, this could be a jumping off point for some real custom work or leave it as is and use it as a unique track tow vehicle. Wagons with manual transmissions and power can always be entertaining.

The ask price is $11,000, but the seller is looking for an E30 M3 chassis, S50, S52, or S54 motors so maybe a trade can be had.

~Evan

Unpretentious Street/track E36 M3 for cheap

The M3 coupe isn’t the one I’d have whenever a sedan is offered, but those with a penchant for the more classic sports car or track-capability would usually go for the coupe. Put it in Estoril Blue and I’m starting to be swayed. Drop the price to around $7k and I’m all ears when we’re talking M3. Today’s 1999 coupe isn’t perfect nor original, but it’s a nicely gone-through example with an eye on sharper handling and performance.

1999 E36 M3 Coupe for sale on Craigslist SF

The listing and the list:

Up for sale a 1999 BMW E36 M3, Estoril Blue, 160k miles, clean title.

Full cooling system overhaul done 500 miles ago
Full suspension overhaul done 500 miles ago – every bushing, every ball joint
All the parts were installed 500 miles ago.
New power steering reservoir and new hydraulic hoses and hd clamps. No more usuall BMW power steering leaks:)

-Cooling system (RMEuropean):
Stewart Water pump
Drive belts
Adjusting pullies
Deflection pullies
Fan switch 80C
Thermostat 80C
Fan delete
Aluminum thermostat housing
New aluminum Mishimoto racing radiator
Expansion tank
Alt belt tensioner
All new clamps and hoses

-Kosei K1 Racing 17″x 8.5 wheels practically brand new, 500 miles on them also. No curbrash whatsoever. Yokohama a046 30% tires.
-Ground Control AD Advanced Design coilovers, fr 650, r 750. Bought them used. They were used for about 10k miles and never been rebuilt. They need a rebuild by now most likely. I bought new adjusters for them.
-Vorschlag camber plates
-Ground Control big front sway bar with new links
-Sparco EVO 2 blue seat,not mounted
-New ignition
-New battery
-5 oil filters will be included
-More Mobil 1 oil will be included

-Suspension(Bimmerworld, UUC, Turner Motorsports):
Powerflex subframe mounts – mounted with McMaster big washers and M5 bolts instead of studs so the washers will not cup like others overtime
Derlin diff mounts
All new OEM ball joints
Rear trailing arm bushings
Limiter kit for RTAB
Turner Adjustable rear camber arms
Sway bar reinforcements kit
Lamforder control arms
Tie rods
Tree house racing control arm bushings(green)
Guibo
All new OEM bolts and washers

-Transmission:
UUC Motor mounts race, red
UUC Transmission mounts, red, race
UUC Evo3 short shifter kit + dssr shifter rod
Redline fluid

-Brakes:
Blank OEM rotors
Performance Friction Brake Pads 06
Turner Brake lines
Motul Brake fluid

Car has stock motor. Interior needs work if intended for street. Pass seat will need to be reupholstered. Mobil 1 motor oil used. I bought this car, built it, did one track day at Infineon Raceway and garaged it since. When I bought it I had to replace front drivers fender, nose panel and headlight. There was no structural damage. Front bumper was banged up but Ive saved it and it looks ok. Paint looks good overall. Clean title. I am probably forgetting some other parts ive installed, so ill try to update the list as i go.

What I like most about this M3 is a general lack of pretension. The owner wasn’t afraid of getting dirty and putting solid performance upgrades on everything but the motor (refreshingly backwards from most modified M3s), but also didn’t go overboard in making a “tuner car.”  This car is for use and fun.  Something about the track wheels and lightweight flag on the hood just work where they usually wouldn’t for me. Yeah, it’s plenty of miles on the old S50 and a few bits need attendance (passenger seat, coilovers), but it’s all above-board and priced to go. Hard to imagine a better canyon-carver or weekend tracker for $7k than this M3 coupe.
-NR

1998 BMW M3 Sedan for sale

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.

-NR

Impeccable, Individual E36 M3 Sedan for sale

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. If your looking for a track car candidate, please not this one. You don’t have a garage space? Please find another car. Live in a big city with sketchy parking? Well, you get the point. There are plenty of excellent condition M3’s out there. This car is just soooo… much nicer than that.

This car looks, runs, and drives like a 30k mile 3 year old M3. It is in fantastic condition for any age and mileage but it is a 12 year old car with just 73k miles. Quite honestly it is the nicest car I have for sale right now and that is saying quite a bit considering our spring inventory of European beauties. You can read below about it’s history, options, and maintenance. Call or e-mail me and we’ll talk about it all day if you want.

Sounds like they mean it!  The custom Calypso Red from BMW Individual is gorgeous and unique, though I’m still partial to Estoril.  I understand that it has been very well taken care of and they hold this car in extremely high regard, though I’m not quite sure why they are SO enthusiastic and think it deserves well over Blue Book.  At writing there’s 2 days left with bidding at $11,400 and reserve not met.  If it’s truly as nice as they claim, I’d say it deserves $15-17k.  Regardless of what forms their opinion, I’m certainly on board in hoping it goes to a true fan and enthusiast with the time and resources to keep it nice.

-NR

Rare BMW Alpina B8 Touring Wagon E36

Alpina’s are rare cars, this one, according to the Alpina register, is 1 of 27 wagon B8s produced in the late 1990s. Around 250 of the B8s were produced in all forms form. The Alpina register has a PDF copy of the whole parts catalog for the B8 so you can see what you are getting.
With 333 horsepower from a custom crafted Alpina 4.6 liter V8 stuffed under the hood of a 3 series, matched to a six speed manual, these have to be fun cars. The touring just adds to the unique and wow factor. Subtle changes like the standard Alpina look wheels and badging are all that give the car away. That is, of course, besides the throaty V8 burble coming from the tailpipes.
I love the fact that one of the previous owners of this particular car has badged it as a 316i. Just image the look of an unsuspecting Mustang owner on the highway as an apparent 4 cylinder station wagon disappears into the horizon.
This particular vehicle looks like it has been enjoyed year round, it has 84,000 miles, sports winter tires. and you can see snow on it in the pictures. Its good to see that the car is being enjoyed.
The owner says the car is on its way over from Bremerhafen Germany. The price is $34,000 or $40,000 if you want the current owner to take care of getting the car registered since it will come in as a grey market vehicle.

BMW Alpina B8 Touring on Craigslist

~Evan

1998 M3 Sedan, Dakar Yellow, 59k miles

Similar to the 1997 M3 sedan that Nate sourced a few days ago, here’s a clean, low mileage 1998 M3 sedan over at the BMW Car Club of America marketplace. It’s a rather rare shade – Dakar Yellow. Fear not, enthusiasts, this one has a proper 5 speed manual gearbox.

1998 BMW M3 sedan

The seller’s description:

heated manual seats, a few tasteful mods, all maintenance up-to-date, owned since 6/01, garage kept, superb condition, extremely clean.

Like Nate, I love these cars. Having driven a few E36 M3 coupes and sedans in my day, I can say that it is by far one of my favorites, provided the example comes with three pedals. I was never enamored with the E46 and E90 series M3s, but this kind of reflects my thoughts on most of the BMW lineup as of late. With all the electronic wizardry and added weight, these newer M models have kind of lost the plot. While they are undoubtedly excellent machines, the E36 embodies everything that was right about the old BMW. Crisp lines, legendary powerplants and God’s own handling.

-Paul

Clean E36 M3 Sedan near SF

The E36 M3 sedan is the first fast car I drove, and, like a first love, has stuck with me ever since.  Unleashing a couple of 16-year-olds in a Dinan M3 was perhaps a foolhardy move by my best friend’s dad, but luckily we kept it in good shape other than a few check-engine lights due to impatience with the M warm-up sequence.  It was a dream to drive; every pebble in the road gently communicated to the hands, every gearchange a satisfying snick, and every corner was our own railed rollercoaster.  E36s in general are fine, but the 4-door M3 has always struck me as markedly sexier than any of its generational brethren.  I tried to buy that Dinan a few years ago at $14k, but couldn’t make the finances work (luckily it’s being saved for my friend).  These days its not difficult to find them for under $10k, and this nicely modified 1997 sedan demonstrates the accessibility of clean examples.

1997 M3 Sedan for sale on Craigslist SF

I could do without the Supersprint DTM exhaust (Dinan’s looks almost stock but sounds perfect) and I’d raise the adjustable rear suspension just a little, but this is a very clean example with some nice, simple modification choices (I don’t know of a car that looks bad with BBS CHs).  157k miles is on the higher end, but at $9k it’s still a great value, and if the engine goes bad, spend some money swapping in a Euro S52 or S54 and you’ll still have a performance bargain.

Final Note: Thank god it’s a manual.  In my mind, automatic E36 M3s might as well be junked.

-NR

1990 E36 powered E30 BMW M3

This is a really clean looking custom M3. The work looks well done. The tri-color stitched interior shows hardly any wear in the pictures. The bright red paint is gleaming off the widened fenders.

The owner who commissioned the custom work clearly had a good vision. The conversion and modifications appear well done and not hap-hazard at all.

125k on the chassis, 8k on the rebuilt engine, and 1k since completion, it would seem that the owner didn’t get a real chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor or their cash.

One thing I don’t particularly think was necessary, even though it is clear they were going for an Evo, DTM look, is the big Evo II Motorsport deck spoiler. I also could’ve done without the carbon hood, but the stock hood is included. I’m not saying it looks bad, but it kind of puts the car in that half street look half track look and I’d rather see full fledged one or the other. Another example is it has a full roll cage (track look), but also has a lighted gear knob (street look).

As long as I am being picky, and I am, really I think the car looks pretty sweet, but I have a pet peeve about the folks who go to so much trouble to make a great looking car and then hang their custom exhaust crooked. I’ve seen far worse, but this one is off a touch. Not a big deal, but this is something I’ve always been particular about on my rides.

Buy-It Now at $30,000.

The long list of specs from the listing:

– Power train:
– 1995 E36 M3 S50 Motor
– 1995 E36 M3 5-Speed Transmission
– Polished & Ported Head
– Value Cover Painted White With ///M Strips
– EDVA Motorsports Harness
– DME – Turner Motorsports
– Euro HFM
– 24 lbs. Injectors
– Schrick Intake & Exhaust Camshafts
– JR Racing Light Aluminum Flywheel (Brand new)

– Clutch (Brand new)
– Group A Replica Exhaust and Connecting Pipes (Brand new)
– 3.46:1 Differential

– Exterior:
– Carbon Fiber Hood (Factory hood comes with the car) (Brand new)
– EVO II Front Spoiler (Brand new)
– EVO Sport Carbon Fiber Front Splitter (Brand new)
– EVO II Rear Wing
– DTM Carbon Fiber Gurnie [sic] Flap (Brand new)
– Front S50-EVOM3 German License Plate (Brand new)
– Dunlop 225/35ZR18 & 245/30ZR18 Tires (Brand new)
– Gunmetal BMW M3 CSL Style (Velocity Motoring) Rims F: 18×8.5 & R: 18×9.5 (Brand new)
– H&R Front 15MM Wheel Spacers
– Front Brembo BBK Cross Drilled Rotors/Red Calipers (Brand new)
– Rear TMS Cross Drilled Rotors/Red Calipers (Brand new)
– Front & Rear Stainless Steel Brake Lines (Brand new)
– Ground Control Adjustable Suspension
– Suspension Techniques Front & Rear Sway Bars
– Euro Tow Hooks (Brand new)
– Blackout Kidney Grills (Brand new)
– Smoked Front Indicators (Brand new)

– Interior:
– Complete EVO interior including:
– Recaro SRD Front Seats – Black Leather/EVO Fabric Inserts (Brand new)
– Rear Seats Leather/EVO Fabric Inserts (Brand new)
– Doors EVO Fabric Inserts (Brand new)
– Red EVO Seat Belts Front/Rear (Brand new)
– EVO II Leather Steering Wheel (Small) (Brand new)

– ///M3 Door Sills
– Lighted ///M Shift Knob
– UUC Short Shift Kit
– Suede Shift Boot & Hand Brake Boot With ///M Strips
– Carbon Fiber Instrument Cluster Bazal (Brand new)

~Evan

Two Very Low Mileage M3’s, $60,000 Each!

These two creampuff’s come courtesy of a BMW M3 Forum. One is an e30 M3 with 7k miles and the other is an e36 M3 Lightweight (LTW) with only 41 miles!

1988 BMW M3 For Sale on eBayMotors:

1988 BMW e30 M3 For Sale

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight For Sale on eBayMotors:

BMW e36 M3 LTW Lightweight

Not to play that overused ‘economy’ angle yet again, but these seem like high prices to me in today’s market. On the other hand the owners clearly know the rarity of their cars and are counting on educated and wealthy buyers. Who knows when we’ll see examples like these for sale again.

dc