If you have been on the hunt for an E36 M3, might I suggest this example? Seriously, I don’t think it gets any better than this for an M3 (other than being painted Alpine White): sub-50K miles, Sport package, Avus Blue, with the Hurricane Cloth interior. This is a rare bird, and one that makes the asking price seem downright reasonable. Cars like this E36 will absolutely crack through the price ceiling that keeps most other 3-Series at affordable, if not cheap, prices. The interior alone could command a few thousand dollars, a figure only enhanced by a car this clean and barely broken in. I would not haggle on the price – it seems well worth it already.
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It seems pretty impossible these days to find an BMW M car bargain, or at least one on which you won’t wind up spending a ton of money on repairs. The early ones, such as the E28 M5 and E24 M6 are rising in value and that’s before taking into account the stratospheric prices being asked for the original M3. Fast forward a generation on the M3 though, and you can still find a good E36 M3 for reasonable cash. Today we’ll look at three E36 M3 Coupes, all with 5-speed manual gearboxes. We’ll start with this 1997 Estoril Blue example for sale in Indiana.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 BMW M3 on eBay
I get that the wild colors offered by BMW on the E46 M3 don’t appeal to everyone, and I’m aware they tend to be the colors I focus on. What’s special about them to me is that they exist at all; you don’t have to agree that they’re the colors you’d buy, but isn’t the world a better place for them having been made? If I bought a M3, I’d really want to feel special. Of course, getting into any M car is a special experience, right? Well, it certainly was a bit of an occasion in the 1980s, but by the E36 and E46 M3s, production numbers meant they were reasonably common. With over 71,000 E36s made and over 85,000 E46s produced, odds of you seeing another going down the road are pretty strong. Heck, in my daily commute I count on seeing at least one – try that with an older M car. But what I see daily are typical German car colors; blacks, silvers, greys and whites. They look nice, I agree, but to me the appeal is what the M cars were in the 1980s – an event. It’s not so much that I want to be noticed, but more that I want to stand apart from the crowd. And to me, Phoenix Yellow and Laguna Seca Blue are two of the best ways to differentiate your M experience from the norm. Today, there’s a lovely example of the later available on eBay:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW M3 on eBay
I’ve written up some pretty nice E46 M3s recently, and today is no exception. This one is a bit different than last week’s low mileage Phoenix Yellow example; it, too has CSL-style wheels and trunk, but a custom color and Dinan supercharger help to set it apart. Indeed, it seems that this well-optioned 2004 model has really had a fair amount of money spent bringing it to the next level of performance. Dinan bits top the highlights, with suspension, exhaust, gears, cooling and of course the supercharger kit. It’s an impressive bit of kit: