1999 BMW M Coupe

Colors are a fixation with me when I go to pick out a new ride. Oftentimes, the louder the better. In some cases, subtle hues will suit me just fine. When it comes to BMWs, it’s hard to beat Alpinweiss (Alpine White), but runner up to that in terms of desirability, at least for me, is Estorilblau (Estoril Blue). This color takes its name from the coast of Portugal that lies a stones throw from Lisbon, where the Tagus river meets the Atlantic and which the nearby racing circuit takes its name. I was fortunate enough to spend time on the beaches there for part of my Springtime holiday. As I peered out to the ocean, I could see the richness of the color in the water that has graced many a vehicle from Munich. One M car that is particularly suited to this color is the M Coupe, such as this example for sale in Arizona that was brought to our attention by our reader Ry.

Year: 1999
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 90,000 mi
Price: $18,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M Coupe on eBay

This extremely rare and very fun to drive BMW M Coupe is truly the ultimate driving machine. This beauty was only used as a weekend car by both the previous owner and the current owner. Lovingly maintained with all service records available. Excellent condition with only 2 minor flaws, the scratch above the right rear wheel well and the small piece of faded leather on the drivers seat from the driver sliding in and out of the vehicle. Upgraded to aftermarket Dinon suspesion to enhance the amazing handling ability this car already has. Kelley Blue Book on this car is about $22,000. We have a baby on the way in December and need a car that seats more than 2! Sad to see it go.

This M Coupe has the earlier S52 motor with 240 horsepower. Nearing 100,000 miles, this is certainly a more accessible way into this purposeful sports car, lest you want to pay around $30,000 for a later, low mileage example with the more powerful S54 lump under the hood. Some may prefer the stock wheels, but I think these aftermarket units lend an air of individuality to the package and give it more of an aggressive stance. Like the E30 M3 and certain 911s, this is one of those cars that is doubtful to lose any value in the near future, as collectors have recognized just how good they really are.

-Paul

Tuner Tuesday: BMW Dinan ISR3

Steve Dinan is a wizard at building monster BMWs, and as such managed to make it into the inner-circle as a dealer-approved modifier of BMWs. This extends not only to the base models but also to the already specialized and quick M models. No one who has driven a M Roadster will accuse it of being a slow car, but Dinan took the S52 motor to another level by adding a supercharger and a host of engine and exhaust upgrades to match. But it didn’t just end there; Dinan revised the suspension as well to better suit the increased power and offer more adjustability to the owners of these specialized cars. One aspect that I think is particularly nice about Dinan’s creations is that they often retain the mostly-stock look that makes sleeper performance cars so special. Plop that performance into a M Roadster and you have a ton of top-down fun:

Year: 2000
Model: Dinan ISR3
Engine: 3.2 liter supercharged inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 27,179 mi
Price: $50,000 Buy It Now

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2000 BMW Z3 M Roadster. 3.2L I6 EFI Gasoline Engine.
Extremely Rare Stealth “SuperCar” – Dinan ISR3

400 Horsepower BMW M Roadster

Only 27,179 miles – Looks and drives like new! Washington State Emissions Test passed 11-13

One Owner – Great Condition – Supercharged – Intercooled – Enhanced Low Back pressure Exhaust – Enhanced Suspension & Much More… This is Monster Road Machine in an M Roadster body! Check out the Road & Track and Roundel articles on this car – Internet links below.

Only 6 of these Supercars were made and even fewer are still in existence. This Dinan ISR3 was the 4th BMW M Roadster converted (out of a total of only 6 ISR3 cars created by Dinan Engineering).

Extra Options Added beyond ISR3 Conversion:

Removable BMW Hard Top with rear glass window w/electric defroster/ rolling hard top storage stand

BMW Two-Tone Electric Leather Seats
Dinan Carpeted Mats

Dinan Boost Gauge: Shows Supercharger Overpressure

Escort 9500 Stealth Built-In Front/Rear Radar/Laser Detectors With Laser Jamming

BMW M Roadster standard features:

In-Line 3.2 Liter Six Cylinder Engine
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Blue Soft-Top Excellent Condition
AM/FM Stereo/CD Player
Air-Conditioned
Heated Blue Leather Two-Tone Seats
Cruise Control
Tonneo cover
Wind Screen

Each Dinan ISR3 conversion began with a new 2000 BMW M Roadster, which was in-turn superbly modified by Dinan in the following ways:

Engine: intercooled supercharged DOHC 24-valve 6-in-line straight six; aluminum block and head, Dinan/Siemens engine-control system with port fuel injection; Vortech helical-cut-gear-driven supercharger for quiet reliability; 10 pounds boost into 10.5:1 compression; 50-state emissions legal. Two different sized compressor bypass valves, one before and one after the intercooler to eliminate low-speed stumble and surging typical
with “high boost” aftermarket supercharger systems. Thermostatically controlled engine oil cooler, enhanced fuel delivery system with larger high-flow fuel injectors. Air filter located outside engine compartment to insure exposure to cool, dense air. Integrated bumper ducting provides ram air effect as road speed increases.

Displacement: 192 cu in, 3152cc
Power (SAE net): 396 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 326 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm

High Flow Throttle Body: Internal diameter of throttle body has been increased for improved airflow. Throttle response is also faster as a result of the modified shape.

High-Flow Air Flow Meter: A larger-diameter air-flow meter is included in order to improve Intake airflow efficiency. The design incorporates a unique “labyrinth” for improved air-flow-meter-voltage stability as well as shielding it from cylinder pulses for a smooth idle and improved peak horsepower.

High Flow Intake Manifold: Polished and ported with larger-diameter intake runners for maximum intake efficiency and resulting power gains.

Engine Management System: The Siemens engine-management system has been programmed for maximum power gains, drive ability, and emissions compliance. System maintains all “On Board Diagnostic”

(OBD II) functions and ignition timing and air/fuel mixtures are optimal throughout the engine’s operating range. VANOS (variable cam timing system) has been reprogrammed for maximum power gains throughout the engine’s operating range.

Free Flow Exhaust: Stainless steel, free-flow mufflers insure that backpressure is kept to a minimum, without creating an unacceptable exhaust note.

Clutch: Stock “dual mass” flywheel and clutch assembly replaced with Dinan Stage 2 Clutch Assembly. Lightweight aluminum flywheel reduces clutch weight by nearly 15 Ibs. or 39%. Clutch clamp pressure increased by 20%.

Transmission: 5-speed manual

3.38:1 Limited-Slip Differential: Final-drive gearing has been lowered from the stock 3.23:1 ratio to compensate for the increased outer diameter of 285/40-17 tires in the rear.

Performance Springs: Increased spring rates and a modestly lower ride height provide greater control and traction in turns.

Moni/Dinan Externally Adjustable Struts and Shocks: Matched with Dinan springs for maximum control. Features custom digressive compression valving for more low-speed shock shaft velocity control, providing greater restriction of camber and toe-angle changes. Front struts are externally adjustable for personalized control of ride quality and handling characteristics

Anti-roll Bars: 22mm front and rear adjustable anti roll bars.

Front Camber Plates: Relocate strut pick-up points for two degrees negative camber in the front, greatly improving turn-in.

Camber Adjustable Rear Subframe: Provides adjustment of camber angles at the rear of the car.

Front Strut Tower Brace: Reduces flex at the shock towers for sharper handling.

Wheels and Tires:

Front: 1 7×8.5″ Dinan Three-piece modular wheels, 255/40-17 Michelin ZR Pilot Sport tires.

Rear: 1 7×9.5″ Dinan Three-piece modular wheels, 285/40-17 Michelin ZR Pilot Sport tires.

Brakes: Brake pads replaced with carbon/metallic pads.
Wheelbase: 96.8 in Length: 158.5 in Curb weight: 3103 lbs.

C/D TEST RESULTS (From Car & Driver article – link below):

Zero to 60 mph: 4.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.0 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 4.9 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 13.4 sec @ 106 mph
Top speed (redline limited): 159 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 176 ft.
Roadholding: 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.91 g
C/D-observed fuel economy: 10 mpg

CLICK HERE to See Barry Winfield’s Road & Track’s April 2001 article on the ISR3

CLICK HERE to See Roundel’s article on the ISR3

There aren’t many of these little rockets floating around – the original article from 2001 claims that only 50 would be built. With 400 hp on tap, they’re a potent package, too. Of course, that potency cost, and cost dearly; new out the door, these Z M Roadsters boasted price tags in excess of $80,000 if you ticked all the right boxes. Sound like a lot? It was, because shortly after the launch you could get into a 315 hp S54-motored Z M for around $45,000. The question then becomes one of exclusivity; do you want what no one else has? Perhaps, and if that’s the case then this car is a good candidate for you.

Of course, it sure would be nice if the seller provided better pictures and some more information, specifically on the claim that the car is only one of 6 (though, I’m guessing perhaps in that color?). Though it has low miles, no mechanical history is provided of the car. Then there’s the asking price – $50,000, which by my maths will buy you no less than three normal M Roadsters with change left over to spare. Much like last week’s Ruf 3400 I think the asking price is far too high even considering the increase in performance. While I have no doubt the car is quick and rare, I just could never justify that sort of premium for this particular car.

-Carter

2002 BMW Z3 3.0 vs. 2000 BMW M Coupe

Given that it is wagon week, I was torn whether to include the two following Bimmers as examples of the breed. The M Coupe and Z3 Coupe do cut a bit of a shooting brake profile, but these are unique sports cars that were a creation not by committee, but rather, outright enthusiasts. The M variants of these three-doors are getting a bit on the pricey side, but the 3.0 liter Z3 Coupe offers lively performance at a lesser price. So which one would you choose? First, let’s look at the relatively rare Z3 Coupe.

Year: 2002
Model: Z3 Coupe 3.0
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 102,000 mi
Price: $14,000 Buy It Now

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2002 BMW Z3 3.0 Coupe Location: Port Republic, MD, Mileage: 102K

Exterior: Titanium Silver

Interior: Black Leather

Drivetrain: 3.0 L, 225HP, 5 Spd Manual

Options: Sunroof, heated seats, Kenwood stereo, Ipod/Bluetooth ready. New floor mats. All stock, very clean car. Clean Title and history, clean Carfax, which is available on request. I have owned this car for three years, all maintenance up to date, records available. Just past 104K miles, this is my daily driver, so it will continue to go up. This has been a really great car, excellent performance with less cost and maintenance than an M Coupe. Serviced at a local independent Mercedes/BMW shop.

Recent Maintenance:

Replaced: HVAC baseplate replaced, repaired old filter housing leak, new thermosat, new battery (2010).

Tires: New Michelin tires at 75K. Plenty of tread left.

Brakes: Rear brakes, four wheel alignment, Brake flush, new belts at 75K.

Rear Hatch Wiring: Repaired a short in the hatch wiring.

Some Negatives: Normal wear and tear for an 11 year old car that is driven regularly. Some rock chips on the hood, some scraping on the lower front lip. Seats are in good shapes, but show a little wear. There are a couple scratches on the passenger seat from the previous owner. Wheels look good, Some small spots on the edges are peeling.

More Pics available on Request, Carfax availaible.

Next up, we have an M Coupe for sale in Maryland with some Dinan bits and under 50,000 miles on the clock.

Year: 2000
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 42,868 mi
Price: $24,950 Buy It Now

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I am pleased to offer this beautiful 2000 S52 BMW M Coupe in Cosmos Black over Black leather with only 42k miles.

Dinan Stage II Suspension including Dinan Sport Springs, KONI Adjustable Shocks + Struts, Dinan Adjustable Front and Rear Sway Bars, Dinan Camber Plates, Dinan Front Strut Tower Brace and Dinan Free Flow Stainless Steel Mufflers. Additional Modifications Include: Hartge Short Throw Shifter, Eclipse CD1200 In-Dash CD Player, Painted Front Bumper Reflectors, M Floormats and Privacy Glass. This M Coupe is in great condition inside and out! Never seen inclement weather, no snow or salt; therefore, no rust or corrosion anywhere on or under this car. The Dinan upgrades significantly enhance the driving experience of this fun car! Clean Vehicle History Report with No Accidents + No Issues, Adult Owned + Non-Smoker. For more information; Please Call: 202-258-2428

The car has been maintained properly with the following most recent service items.
1. Oil change
4. Coolant Flush
5. Brake Fluid Flush
6. Rear Differential and Manual Transmission Flush.

At the price, this M Coupe is close to what similar S52 engined examples are pulling, which is usually in the high teens and low $20k range. If this was an S54 with similar mileage, it would certainly be priced closer to $30,000. The mods done to this car are rather tasteful and it appears things could be put back to stock fairly easily if so desired. With prices of earlier M iron skyrocketing, it might be prudent to pull the trigger on one of these sports coupes before things get way out of hand.

-Paul

How Do You Take Your Estoril?

Estoril is regarded as one of the best blues ever produced, and while a similar shade has recently appeared on Mercedes, it will forever be a distinctly BMW color for me. I was first struck by this blue when it appeared on the first BMW M car I ever drove, a friend’s E36 M3 sedan. It later appeared on the BMW M Coupes and Roadsters and the X5, creating the best-looking examples of all.

No surprise, then, that my first Estoril car is an E36 M3. Unfortunately this example comes with the diminishing automatic, but it’s in great condition after just 75k miles. If you don’t have the use of your left leg, it’d be a great car. Low-mileage examples of the fantastically-handling but least-extreme M3 are holding strong in the mid-teens, making it a great performance bargain.

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Year: 1998
Model: M3 Sedan
Engine: S52 3.2L inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 75,000
Price: $14,495

Click for more details: 1998 BMW M3 Sedan for sale on eBay

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OVERVIEW:

Up for auction is a Beautiful Low mileage1998 BMW M3. This is one of the nicest E36 M3’s I have ever seen. It is a One-Owner car that has been babied its whole life. The car was originally sold at Motorwerks BMW of Bloomington, MN. The original owners then moved to Scottsdale, AZ in 2002 where the car remained since. It was owned by an older couple who drove the car sparingly and always garaged it. It is bone stock and has never been modified! Its on overall Excellent condition and now it is looking a second owner to love and care for it!

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EQUIPMENT:

3.2L Inline 6 Cylinder Engine 240hp
5 Speed Automatic Transmission
4 Wheel Anti-Lock Disc Brakes
Variable Assist Power Steering
Cruise Control
17″ M-Contour light alloy wheels
Electric Sunroof
Power and Heated Front Seats
Fold Down Rear Seats
Harmon Kardon Sound
BMW Anti-Theft Alarm w/ Keyless entry
On Board Computer
Dual Front Airbags
Power windows
Fog Lights
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COSMETICS:

The exterior of this M3 is in excellent condition. The body is laser straight and there are no dents or dings. The Estoril Blue Metallic paint is in excellent shape. No major chipping or scratches. All of the trim and lights still look like new. This M3 is Carfax certified to have never been in an accident. The car looks just as nice as the pictures show!

The interior is in excellent condition as well. The Gray Leather seats are soft and supple. They are in amazing shape! There are no tears, rips, or deep wear lines anywhere. The carpet is in great condition. The door panels, trim panels and dashboard are all very nice and have no cracks. The headliner is perfect! All of the electrical equipment in the car works as it should (Windows, locks, sun roof, stereo, OBC, lights, etc). The A/C blows cold. The trunk compartment is in very nice shape. All of the original tools and spare tire are there!

Overall the cosmetic condition of the car is excellent. You would never know this car is 15 years old!

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MECHANICAL:

This M3 is in excellent mechanical condition. We have inspected and test driven the vehicle over 100 miles and have found no major mechanical problems. The engine starts right up and runs very strong. The transmission shifts smooth as it should. It was just replaced with a rebuilt transmission less than 500 miles ago! The car does not leak anything. This Beemer runs and drives like it should for having only 75k miles! I just had new BF Goodrich G-Force Comp 2 tires installed. The previous owner cared for the car meticulously. The car has ALL the service records since new! Here are some recent highlights:

44k Inspection 2, Drive Belts, Power Steering Flush, Coolant Flush, Fuel Injection Flush
53k Camshaft Position Sensor
55k New A/C Compressor, Oil and Filter Change, Wipers
58k Oil and Filter Change, Air Filter
62k New Front Brakes and Rotors, Brake Flush, New Battery, Oil and Filter Change
66k Oil and filter Change, Thermostat, Coolant Flush, New Power steering lines and flush.
70k Oil and Filter Change
75k New Transmission, New Tires, New Windshield, New Floormats

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Next up, we have one of my favorite BMWs ever, the Z3-based BMW M Coupe. This earlier 1999 model shares the smooth (if Euro-jealous) 240hp S52 inline-6. In addition to the epic clownshoe shape, they came in Estoril, cementing their place as an oddly-gorgeous classic. This example has just barely cracked 100k miles and features a matching interior. That leather isn’t my favorite choice, and neither are the unnecessary wheel spacers, but with no-reserve and lacking the highly sought-after and more expensive S54, this could be a great snag.

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Year: 1999
Model: M Coupe
Engine: S52 3.2l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 102,500
Price: No-reserve auction

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I have forsale this 1999 BMW Z3 M Coupe in Estoril blue over blue / black interior. This is a rare find with only 118 built in 99 with these options in this color. The M coupe is an outstanding car to drive. Handles like its on rails. Lots of character in a unique, timeless “clown shoe” style. This car features a S52 straight six delivering 240 bhp through a 5 speed manual transmission. This car has been very well maintained with lots of recent maintenance listed below and with 101k miles its in great shape. The exterior is clean and straight with a stunning blue / black interior with minimal wear with just minor wear on the drivers bolster. Give me a call with any questions Max Mudarri 206-518-1612 Upgrades: Super Sprint exhaust H&R Sport springs Bilstein Sports Angel eye, HID headlights Rear wiper delete Chrome Z8 windshield washer nozzles 12mm spacers all around Whalen Shift Machine knob SuperSprint exhaust with Magnum tips New: Front tires Ignition Bilstein sport shocks Thermostat Spark plugs Belts ac and serpentine Tie rod ends inner and outer and alignment Oil change less then 500 miles ago Coolant

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Lastly, we have a car produced decades before Estoril began beautifying the streets, the classic 2002. A well done restoration with some subtle liberties taken, it’s a truly striking little car. Bidding is starting at a reasonable level, but with the reserve still on it’s tough to determine how much of the claimed $25k in receipt the seller expects back.

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Year: 1974
Model: 2002
Engine: 2.0l inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 8,500
Price: Reserve-on auction

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1974 BMW 2002 Resto-Mod in Estoril Blue, with beige interior.
An E36 color that is stunning with many new automotive components listed below, along with original window sticker and many records/receipts.
The refresh paint was professionally done in 2009, still looking new. The car was originally transported to Arthur Allen Imports in Riverside, CA. Code number 2213 then spent most of its life in Arizona.
Receipts totaling over $25,000.

Below is a list of the major items done:

– Engine rebuilt with Schrick Cam 292, rod bearings, main bearings, cam gear, crank gear, timing chain guide, tensioner, water pump, oil pump, clutch, head gasket, belts. fuel regulator, new gasket etc.
– New Weber Dual side draft 45 DCO
– 5 Speed conversion, IE (Ireland Engineering) driveshaft, clutch line
– LSD
– Euro front and rear chrome bumpers
– New Petronix ignition (push button start)
– Rear Disc brakes – all new including fronts
– Stainless steel brake lines
– New IE Stage 1 springs
– New Bilstein HD front and rear
– New Ireland Engineering front & rear sway bars and end links.
– New urethane steering coupler
– New left, center and right control arms
– Top end performance front and rear brace
– New headers by Stahl
– New Ansa sport muffler
– New ID Front airdam
– New floor carpet and padding – Color Saddle
– Dynamated the entire floorboard, front and rear panels and door panels.
– New front door panels (no speaker holes!!!)
– New clear plastic door backing to prevent water coming through.
– New weather seals throughout.
– New door seals
– Re-done rear deck compartment
– Engine compartment seal
– New front windshield, gasket and chrome beads
– New rear gasket and chrome beads
– New rear side window seals
– New drain tubing F/R
– New factory style headliner
– Re-upholstered front seats
– New rear side markers, tail lights, License Plate and new headlights.
– New front Euro Turn signals
– New Hella driving lights
– New turn signal and turn TS ring
– Powder coated valve cover
– New pedal pad insulation inner and brake clutch
– Solid strut towers
– Solid floor
– New Rota Minilite 15-inch wheels with Yokohama S-Drive tires 195-50R15
– New OE side skirts
– New instrument clusters – All three pods
– New custom cluster surround
– Momo steering wheel and shifter
– New seat belts and new locking
– Custom center console with Alpine CD/iPod, clock, engine start and new shifter boot
– New Alpine amplifier, 6×9 MB-Quarts speaker, JL Audio Sub. All in the trunk.
– New redone trunk carpet
– Charcoal canister
– Solid trunk
– New gas cap with BMW logo
– NO A/C – Everything was removed
– New battery purchased 08/21/13.
– Last oil change 07/20/13 with Castrol 20W50
– New custom hand-brake leather boot & handle with carbon fiber look.
– Dash panel has a few cracks but covered by a new molded Dashtop cover by Palco made specifically for 02 model.
– Evolution Car Cover (grey) with BMW ROUNDEL LOGO in the front.
– Only driven in sunny days, stored winter months.
– 2 sets of keys with master
Pleasure driven only on sunny days. No rain, never smoked in, always garaged, no track, race nor abused. This is my third 2002 but this is the nicest one I have owned to date. Highway speeds are effortless with the 5-speed, lane changes are super tight, brakes are fantastic, handling like a go-cart! Super fun! It is smooth, quiet, feels very solid! The driver seat will recline when using the bottom left recliner (the toggle on the side of the seat does not recline). As many of you know, the modifications are endless on these cars. There are 3 tiny paint bubbles (size of a dime) below the rear window.

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-NR

Show you’re Z Man: 2000 Z3 M Roadster and 2006 Z4 M Coupe

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Last week I speculated in my Z Coupe post that we were seeing a good opportunity to get into some of the rarest BMWs offered on these shores, the Z coupes. While those two Z coupes were the non-M version and both were trick in their own way, it seems most of you prefer to see the M versions. I get it; they’re fast, flashy and fun, so today I cooked up an interesting comparison again between the E36/7 and E36/8s – this time a Z4 M coupe against a Z3 M roadster. Let’s start with the brilliant looking Imola Red coupe:

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Year: 2006
Model: Z4 M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 18,912 mi
Price: $33,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 BMW Z4 M Coupe on eBay

If you are looking for the rare E86 M Coupe then you already know that it is regarded by BMW Enthusiasts as the last true Ultimate Driving Machine before BMWs became too electronic and took the fun out of driving with adjustable suspensions, turbochargers, automated transmissions and buttons to adjust the steering, exhaust note and everything else. Here’s a quick background so you know how much I truly love these cars. I was an intern for AutoWeek magazine in college when this car had its press introduction in the US. One of our editors drove one back to Detroit and I took it out for gas and a car wash. I immediately fell in love with the classic long hood, short deck proportions, the unbelievably responsive drivetrain, the seats that felt like they were custom made for me and the thickest little steering wheel I had ever set hands on. I vowed to myself to buy one when I could afford it. So in late 2008 I started conducting a nationwide search almost nightly (with only about 1,800 built in ’06-’08, you have to look nationwide for these cars) looking for a low mileage car with carbon leather trim, heated seats, the premium package and the VERY RARE extended leather package. I finally found an Imola Red M that fit all the options, it was a one owner just traded in at Asheville BMW in Asheville, NC and only had 7,500 miles on it and BMW had certified it as a pre-owned car and extended the warranty. Not surprisingly, I bought it the next day and it has been my pride and joy since. It is stored in mid November and comes out around the first of May. In the 4.5 years I’ve owned it I have put about 2,500 miles on it each year and it sits covered in my garage otherwise. The ONLY reason I’m selling it is because I’m getting married in July and will be buying a house soon. As you can see in the pictures the car is complete with 2 factory keys, all the books/manuals/DVD/original window sticker in the leather BMW binder. I have only had it at the BMW dealer once to replace the driver’s seat belt that was not retracting well and they serviced it under BMW’s free maintenance plan. The computer is not calling for the next service for another 9,500 miles. I replaced the battery in 2012. Since I drive the car so easily the OE Continental tires still have good tread left on them. The only thing I can think of that should be done in the next year is to have the front brake rotors resurfaced.

Factory Options included:
$1,800 – Extended leather option (covers center console, doors and sun visors in leather and make the interior look and fell much more premium. This option is VERY RARE.)
$2,500 Premium Package (best part of this package is the 10-speaker Hi-Fi stereo that sounds amazing)
Carbon Leather Interior trim (very neat looking leather finish around the center console and on the dash facing)
$500 Heated seats
$1,800 DVD Nav system with flip up screen

I’ve also included a picture showing the most significant rock chip located on the passenger side rear wheel flare. This wheel is also the only wheel with any curb rash and it is very minor. Trust me, I’m not happy that it’s there either. I could try to get a picture of it and email it to you if you are concerned. There are a few very light scratches here and there but they did not photograph even well enough to see and the car has been detailed regularly.

If you’re looking for a sports car that is a joy to drive and own, don’t buy a Corvette. Buy something rare like this that you won’t see in your neighborhood. In fact, I’ve only EVER seen one other M Coupe in Michigan. Remember, only 380 were built in 2006. The seats are amazing, the highly tuned straight six engine just builds power toward the 8,000 rpm redline, the 6-speed manual is a joy and the comfort features and great stereo make any trip a delight. Feel free to contact me with any questions. As you can tell I love to talk about these cars.

Note: Most of these pictures are from 2009 shortly after I bought the car but you’d never know I didn’t take them yesterday. Car is certainly one of the cleanest low mileage M Coupes left that is still Factory Stock in every way. Car may accumulate more miles if Michigan blesses me with some beautiful Fall days!

Just about everything about this car is perfect to me. I guess if pushed, I’d prefer Techno Violet as the color, but otherwise, it’s spot on. I had a student at a BMW Driver’s Education with a Techno Violet Z4 M Coupe and was totally floored by the out-of-the-box performance. It drove like a race car – and at race car speeds – but had the comfort of a streetable coupe. As a complete package, this car compares very favorably to late model 911s but at effectively half the price of most. To some, though, these small coupe interiors can be a bit claustrophobic. Why not drop the top then and look into that bright blue sky in this Evergreen Z3 M Roadster:

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Year: 2000
Model: Z3 M Roadster
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 52.949 mi
Price: $17,800 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 BMW Z3 M Roadster on eBay

Vehicle Overview
2000 BMW M ROADSTER! EVERGREEN ON EVERGREEN/BLACK LEATHER! 5 SPEED MANUAL! ONLY 52K! POWER TOP! HEATED/POWER SEATS! CAR COVER! FACTORY BOOT COVER! SUPER CLEAN ROADSTER! BUY IT NOW !!!!! $$$$$$

2000 BMW M ROADSTER CONVERTIBLE!!

EVERGREEN ON EVERGREEN/BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR!!

5 -SPEED MANUAL!! ONLY 52K ORIGINAL MILES!!

POWER SEATS!! HEATED SEATS!! KEYLESS ENTRY!!

POWER TOP!! RARE COLOR COMBO!! QUAD EXHAUST!!

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THIS M ROADSTER IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT FOR IT’S YEAR AND MILEAGE. IT HAS ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES THAT COME STANDARD WITH THIS BMW M ROADSTER. BELOW IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE OPTIONS THIS VEHICLE IS EQUIPPED WITH:

5 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION

EVERGREEN ON EVERGREEN/BLACK LEATHER

POWER CONVERTIBLE TOP

SPORT/PREMIUM/COLD WEATHER PACKAGES

M-SEATING

M-STEERING WHEEL

QUAD EXHAUST

POWER WINDOWS

POWER DOOR LOCKS

AM/FM/CASSETTE STEREO

6 DISC CD CHANGER

POWER/HEATED SEATS

CRUISE CONTROL

17-INCH M SPORT ALLOY WHEELS

KEYLESS ENTRY

ONLY 52K!

2 SET OF KEYS!

FACTORY BOOT COVER

FACTORY CAR COVER

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This is indeed a pretty rare color combination and probably should be the signature color for this car. It’s a neat shade and seems to suit the shape well, with a flashy but still appropriate degree of aggressiveness. I’m not such a huge fan of the matching leather, but if you’re going all in, why not. At about half the price of the M Coupe this car offers plenty of thrills, a spectacular soundtrack out the back, and miles of open sky above you. It’s not a race car but again compared to what you’d get in a 911 or Boxster convertible, this car compares reasonably favorably and stands out from the crowd a bit more – at least around me, Boxster and 911 convertibles are a dime a dozen; there aren’t too many days that I don’t see them, but M Roadsters and M Coupes are very rare sights indeed.

If it were my money I’d have to go with the Z4 coupe. I know it’s twice the price, but I was so surprised by how that package drove and felt, even years later it sticks in my mind. It’s hard to say you’d go wrong with either, though; drive them lightly and they’re not likely to lose much if any value over the next few years. Which one would you have?

-Carter

Future Collectables? 1999 Z3 2.8 Coupe and 2008 Z4 3.0si Coupe

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Recently, Rob wrote up a pristine and well priced Z3 M Coupe and hinted that this will be a future collectable. I have to agree; they’re rare cars to see, they had a neat design, great driving characteristics and the limited production numbers guaranteed exclusivity. Like Rob, I remember well my first drive in one of these Z Coupes; it was a Imola Red Z3 M Coupe and the BMW rep said to me “I just ate my lunch, so don’t go crazy, okay?” It was a fun rocket ship in a clever package that looked like it wanted to beat you up. Great, so go grab one and wait for it to appreciate, right? Well, not so fast; while the M versions of both the Z3 and Z4 were quite desirable, there is a slightly less traveled road to take if you care to speculate. Welcome, then, to the quite rare non-M versions of both the Z coupes; today we’re looking at a Z4 3.0si Coupe and a Z3 2.8 Coupe. Let’s start with the Z4:

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Year: 2008
Model: Z4 3.0si Coupe
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 33,000 mi
Price: $26,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Z4 3.0si Coupe on eBay

The 2008 BMW Z4 roadster comes in three models (3.0i, 3.0si, and M), and coupes come in two trims (3.0si and M). Each trim brings different engines underhood. The 3.0i is powered by a 215-horsepower, 3.0L in-line six-cylinder engine, while the 3.0si gets a more powerful, 255-horsepower version of the 3.0L; both have Valvetronic variable valve lift. The top-of-the-range M includes a 330-horsepower, 3.2L six. All three models come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles is optional on the 3.0i and 3.0si.Roadsters have a fully automatic power folding soft top, with dual-layer material, an aluminum and magnesium frame for light weight, and a heated rear window.The Z4’s proportions, with a long hood and a rearward seating position, allow for an excellent weight distribution and good dynamics for high-performance driving. The 3.0i and 3.0si models have electric power steering, while the M has a hydraulic power steering system. Coupes get a special performance-optimized suspension calibration, and all Z4s come with run-flat tires.Inside, the Z4’s interior is rather tight, as can be expected from a small two-seater, but it is appointed with luxurious upholster and trim. The dash is trimmed in either wood or brushed aluminum; 3.0i models have faux-leather upholstery inside, while the 3.0si gets “High Performance” leather upholstery in one of four color schemes. The 3.0si also adds automatic climate control, and its top, THX-certified audio system has ten speakers, seven-band digital sound processing, and two subwoofers.M models get a number of high-performance improvements and appearance enhancements, including M Dynamic Driving Control, a system that allows the driver to change the characteristics of throttle response along with other variables. There’s also a semi-dry sump lubrication system, computer-controlled variable differential lock, a heavy duty clutch, a performance-oriented version of BMW’s dynamic stability control which includes dynamic brake control and cornering brake control, cross-drilled special-compound four-wheel disc brakes, and larger front and rear stabilizer bars. Inside, the M models also get Nappa leather seat trim with firmer side bolsters, automatic climate control, white-on-black gauges, a thicker steering wheel, and brushed aluminum trim.A Premium Package brings power sport seats with memory, auto-dimming mirrors, and Bluetooth, while a Sport Package includes Dynamic Driving Control (similar to that in the M), a sportier suspension, and larger 18-inch wheels. Standalone options include a headlight cleaning system, extended leather upholstery, a navigation system, M sport seats, and heated seats.

This is a one of a kind BMW Z4 coupe. There were only a few hundred BMW Z4 coupes imported to the US in 2008, and there are no known to be equipped with this color combination and this array of options.

I purchased this vehicle when it had 1600 miles. It was previously a demo vehicle for BMW corporate. For its life I have meticulously maintained this vehicle. It is not a primary driver in my car collection and typically has been driven only on warm sunny days at a vacation home in Maine. It has never seen snow and has only been rarely caught in the rain. Four new tires were placed at 30,000 miles. The rims were professionally refinished at this time as well to relieve minor scuffs. A full service oil change was conducted in August 2013. The exterior is in generally good condition. There are some minor paint imperfections due to road spray which is consistent with a car of this age and mileage. The leather interior is also in good condition with only minor wear consistent with mileage. There is no history of any accidents. I fully own the vehicle and possess a clean title.

I will provide 2 sets of keys, the original BMW Z4 manual in its leather case, and copy of the original window sticker. The buyer is responsible for shipping.

The first thing that stood out to me on this car were the wheels, and they grabbed my attention because I had never seen them, anywhere. Not only that, no one at GCFSB had seen them before. Personally, I love them! Top that off with a great looking and classic color combination and this is one seriously slick package. It seems like the owner has been very good to the car and is an enthusiast, providing some great information about the car. With low but not museum-low mileage, this offers a great opportunity to get into a seriously rare BMW. I’ve seen many more M coupes than I have non-M, something that I think could be said for most individuals. Driving this Z4 will let you fly under the radar without the M flashiness but still have a very rare and exclusive car. But perhaps if the fluid looks of the Z4 aren’t quite for you, you’d prefer an equally rare bit of BMW history – a Z3 2.8 coupe:

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Year: 1999
Model: Z4 2.8 Coupe
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 87,300 mi
Price: $17,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Z3 2.8 Coupe on eBay

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West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this original southern California owner 1999 BMW Z3 2.8L 6 cylinder Coupe with 5 speed manual transmission, 2.8 liter DOHC 24 valve 6 cylinder engine with variable valve timing and with 87K original miles!

The BMW Z3 2.8 and M Coupes are highly desirable and collectible cars from the ultimate driving machine! Cutting edge performers in the revered tradition of the original GT ‘Gran Turismo’ sports cars. Right out of the gate the M Coupe attained ‘Car & Driver’s’ “10 Best Cars Status” and ‘Automobile Magazine’ named it as both “Best Sports Car of the Year” and “Design of the Year” in the year 1999! With potent engines and unparalleled responsiveness both the M & Z3 2.8 Coupes delivered both head-turning looks and supreme driving pleasure. The original Z3 roadster was introduced in 1995 with the prototype featuring in the James Bond movie of that year but the rarer Coupe version with a chassis stiffening rear hatchback was introduced to much acclaim in 1999 with the Z3 Coupes only available with the largest 6 cylinder engine offered, the 2.8L in 1999 and 2000 and the 3.0L in 2001. The 2.8L straight six was primed to deliver true GT performance with 193HP which pumped out 0-60 in just 6.2 seconds! It was replaced in 2002 with the BMW Z4.

Purchased and primarily always serviced by original and only southern California owner at ‘Terry York’s Valencia BMW’ of Valencia, California with all original dealer manuals and handbooks and copy of original window sticker and dealers brochure available! Finished in the beautiful color combination of ‘Bright Red’ exterior paint with an upgraded factory interior of Black Extended Leather interior with Aluminum Trim!

Standard Options include:

2.8L 6 cylinder Engine
5 Speed manual transmission
4 Wheel Anti Lock Disc Brakes, vented front
All Season Traction which controls wheelspin and enhances stability in low traction situations
Power Steering with engine speed sensitive assist
Driver & Passenger front & side airbags with differential deployment
Automatic seatbelt tensioners
BMW coded driveway protection – vehicle will not start without BMW coded owner keys
Cruise Control
Halogen Free Form Low Beam Headlights & Foglights
Non CFC Air Conditioning
Anti-theft AM/FM stereo cassette radio
Harman-Kardon Premium Sound System with 10 speakers & High Performance Multi Channel Amplifier
Central Locking System
Power Windows with one touch function
Electrically Adjustable Leather Sports Seats with matching door trim inserts
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel and Gear Shift Knob
LCD Digital Clock

Additional Factory options include:

Convenience package:

Black Leather Extended Trim with trim glowing to the instrument panel areas, console sides, handbrake boot and upper door ledges for truly all encompassing luxury ($1,200)
17″ Radial Style Alloy Wheels ($1,125)
Aluminum Interior Trim Package with striking center note to console, steering wheel spokes, inside door handle surrounds, shift knob and instrument cluster ($150)
Power Glass Moonroof ($300)
Heated Front Seats ($500)
Luggage Net to keep cargo safely away from passenger compartment ($180)
On-Board Computer with range to empty, average speed, outside temperature, etc ($300)

Total Original Sales Price over $40K.

Recently purchased from original southern California owner with a clean CARFAX report with no history of any accidents! An obviously always babied and pampered example if there ever was one! The original factory ‘Bright Red’ color paint is in absolutely beautiful condition and the gorgeous extended Black Leather interior with Aluminum trim is also in beautiful condition with virtually no signs of any wear and all the options are working as they should including the ice-cold A/C!

The car drives exactly like such a well maintained and babied low mileage model should and must be seen and driven to be truly appreciated! The engine is extremely strong and as new with no oil leaks, the 5 speed manual transmission has a very smooth transmission through all the gears and the temperature always remains cool!

You will surely look long and hard to find a finer example of this original southern California owner rare 1999 BMW Z3 2.8L 5 spd Coupe for the ultimate BMW driving experience available anywhere else!

For further information contact West Coast Classics through EBay or on 310-399-3990 during regular California business hours

While I’m not a fan of the red/black combination of this particular example, there is no denying that this is a great looking car that is certainly unique. Similar to the Z4, I often see Z3 M Coupes but rarely see the non-M version. Loose the window tint and I really think this car would look a little more subdued. It is a great affordable package to have fun in, and if you don’t rack up a ton of miles I think this car will retain value.

Keep these cars in their stock configuration, drive them on weekends and special events, and I really think they’re not likely to cost you much money in the long run. Running costs of the non-Ms is a bit lower than the M models, and while neither will blow your socks off leaving the line, they’re not exactly slow, either. The future owners of these pieces of BMW history will be enjoying a truly rare site, and I really think in another 10-15 years these will be highly valued; it wouldn’t surprise me to see clean examples keep up with M values given their rarity. If it were my money, I’d pick up the Z4; I love the Z3s but something about that Z4 package really ticks the right boxes for me!

Which one would you have?

-Carter

1999 BMW M Coupe

I still remember the excitement I and a friend of mine had when the M Coupe first debuted. Neither of us had ever cared much for the Z3 and while the M Roadster was better it still missed the mark for us in some way. When word first reached our ears that there would be a Z3-based M Coupe, our interest was piqued but with some hesitation. As we heard a bit more and after seeing an alluring teaser photo of the quad exhaust and wide rear fenders peaking from underneath a car cover our hesitations vanished and we were suddenly enraptured. Once the car was unveiled it was as if all of the flaws of the Z3 were gone. While the shooting-brake has never really been a popular style during my lifetime, there was something about the design of the M Coupe that we really loved. Naturally, we wanted to take one for a drive. The car did not let us down: good power and nice steering feel to go along with a well-balanced and grippy chassis. And then there was that quirky styling. It fit the car: part hooligan, part sophisticate. As the years have passed, these cars, which were never produced in large numbers, have earned their proper place amongst enthusiasts right next to the M3. Which brings us to the car featured here: a 1999 Arctic Silver BMW M Coupe on offer from our reader John who is located just outside of Chicago.

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Year: 1999
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 173,351 mi
Price: $13,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M Coupe on eBay

Well maintained. Very good interior and good exterior. Never smoked in. Second owner and personally driven since 30k miles. Stock – no performance modifications.

Your opportunity to own a rare and iconic modern BMW. With less than 3000 M Coupes sold in the US this car is destined to become a classic, but someone should drive and enjoy this one today.

I’m the second owner of this BMW M Coupe and have personally driven it since 30,000 miles. No kids or teenage drivers. The car is tight, fast and fun with exceptional handling. I have the records of regular maintenance. This is an unadulterated Coupe – I have not made any performance mods to this car.

If you realize this is the time to enjoy an M Coupe while you can, please call or text 847-287-7321 with questions. Serious buyers only please.

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For a car with quite a few miles on it, this M Coupe looks impeccable as both the exterior and the interior present remarkably well. Even better, it remains unmolested and in original condition. This is a car that has been driven and with regular maintenance should still provide plenty of enjoyable miles. And really, that’s the great thing about a car with higher mileage. There are increased risks of mechanical failure, sure, but that mileage also brings with it a lower price and the knowledge that as a buyer you are free to enjoy this car as much as you want. The M Coupe was always a driver’s car and should be driven. Though I rarely seen one these days, when I do these cars always turn my head.

-Rob

1999 BMW M Roadster

The Z3 was, from its inception, an unappreciated car in my opinion. It was initially criticized for not having enough power from the 1.9 inline-4 cylinder – even James Bond barely drove his for 30 seconds when he got it, then promptly gave it away to an unfit American in a symbolic British taunting of the Germans. They still haven’t gotten over the fact that the Axis powers do roadsters better than they did. When the Z3 did gain power, first with the addition of the M52 and then finally on US shores with a full-fledged M motor, criticism shifted to the “dated” rear suspension and BMW’s grab at the E30 parts bin. Subsequently, both the E30 and E36 have been lauded by enthusiasts as great handling cars, but the Z3 remains a bit of an outsider for most. As a result, for not a huge outlay you can seat yourself in a powerful, rear drive roadster capable of crossing the deserts of the Middle East (when properly equipped and supported by the BBC’s budget). Most of these roadsters were outfitted in typically sedate German tones, but a few were specified in brighter shades, like today’s ultra-low mileage Dakar Yellow 1999:

Year: 1999
Model: M Roadster
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 3,402 mi
Price: $26,990

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M Roadster at Enthusiast Auto Group

Dakar Yellow and Black Leather Interior, Black Soft Top, 1-Collector Owned & Pampered, S52 M Roadster! This car is All Original in Every Way! Factory Options Include Power Seats, Power Convertible Top, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Harman Kardon Audio, CD43 In-Dash CD Player, and Power Everything! Like New All-Original Paint with No Imperfections! The interior is also very nice without flaw! This Dakar Yellow / Black Leather color combination is very rare! Meticulously maintained with oil changes every year, brake fluid every 2 years and coolant flushes every 5 years. This car is truly a time capsule! Enthusiast Auto will be completing our Comprehensive Pre-Purchase Inspection and performing the Work Order ensuring the integrity of collectible Roadster. Complete Car with All Keys, Books, + Manuals, Black Leather Tonneau Cover and BMW Full Car Cover. Clean Vehicle History Report with No Issues – No Complaints! This car will impress the pickiest of collectors! Always stored in a climate controlled garage under a BMW car cover. Please Call or email to obtain a Pre-Purchase Inspection Report, Build Sheet, Condition Related Details, Vehicle History and 50+ Detailed Photos; 513.554.1BMW

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While I know the yellow isn’t to everyone’s liking, it’s certainly unique and not something you see every day. To me, certain colors define the car, and Dakar seems to suit this shape well; it is stylish, eye catching, and yet has an understated aggressiveness that accentuates the car. If you’re going to get one of these cars, why not be shouty about it? Not understated at all are the original alloys, combining a hyper silver look with that outrageous offset. They’re a perfect reminder that at heart, this is a German muscle car. Like the American muscle cars, there is a devoted following to these Ms, and they even have a website that neatly tracks production numbers; if you’re curious, this is one of 95 1999s in this spec and certainly the one in best condition.

Most earlier M Roadsters are priced in the mid-teens considering the mileage and the non-S54 power plant. This car is an obvious exception; although I think the dealer is asking very high, this is a effectively a brand new M Roadster and likely the lowest mileage example anywhere. The S52 cars aren’t as desirable right now, but the reality is that with the top down you can get 95 plus percent of the same smiles out of this car. While I don’t think the Z3 design has aged nearly as well as the Audi TT has, this car is a much better performance value. Pick one of these up, drive for a few years on the weekends and through the summer and fall, and more likely than not you’ll be able to break even or perhaps turn a profit if your timing is right. If you ever wanted an investment-grade M, this might be the right one to buy. My bet is that the odd colored cars like this one will be the ones setting the market in just a few years.

-Carter

1999 BMW M Roadster

Roadsters. These cars are a dilemma for me. While the lure of open air motoring is something I understand, there are roadsters that are, well, a little less masculine than others. Classic MG? Solid choice. SL? Questionable, but a R129 SL500 with AMG Monoblock wheels is butch enough. Z3, Boxster or SLK? Now we’re verging on what has become known as the hairdressers’ car. In other words, flashy badge, but not a lot of heaping portion of performance. However, a curious thing happened in the late 1990s, as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche started turning up the heat on these small drop tops. Soon enough, we had another all out power war on our hands.

Over at BMW, the engineers decided to stuff the 3.2 liter inline six from the M3 into the Z3 roadster. Throw in some flared wheel arches, quad exhaust pipes, suspension tuning and tweaked body cladding and you had the M Roadster. It was an instant hit. Dropping 240 horsepower into such a little car was like putting a tactical nuke under the bonnet. Hilarity ensued. Over in Europe, they were even more lucky, getting the Motorsports engine with individual throttle bodies for a total of 321 horsepower. Eventually North America would get the higher horsepower S54 engine from the new M3 in 2001 and 2002. This M Roadster for sale has the earlier S52 motor and is painted in my second favorite BMW color behind Alpine White, Estoril Blue.

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Year: 1999
Model: M Roadster
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 49,122 mi
Price: $16,800 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M Roadster on eBay

1999 BMW M Roadster 5-speed convertible with 49,1xx original miles! Over 60 pictures included to help document the condition of the car!

For sale is my beautiful 1999 BMW M Roadster In Estoril Blue exterior and interior. 49,1xx miles, averaging 3,500 miles per year. I purchased this vehicle from Basney Imports, BMW dealer in South Bend, Indiana in February 2012 with 46,784 miles. The dealer performed a full CPO-style inspection, service, and refurbishment on the car, which included refinishing the wheels and front bumper as well as 4 new tires. Due to the car being over 7 years old they couldn’t fully CPO the car with warranty, but did bring the car’s condition to CPO standards. Since I purchased the vehicle I’ve performed the following maintenance on the car:
2/20/12:
46,784
Purchase of Vehicle
Basney Imports

46,784:
Parts Purchase
Boot Cover (Bimmerforums)

3/1/12:
46,800
Parts Purchase
BMW M Backlit Shift Knob (eBay)

3/3/12:
46,800
Parts Purchase
Extra Key, Trim Pieces (Tom Williams)

3/20/12:
47,200
Repair Glove Box Sag

3/30/12:
47,200
Console Light Bulb Replacement
AC Controls & VDO Gauges

47,200:
Stereo Upgrade
Headunit: Pioneer DEH-P9400BH
Front Speakers: JL Audio C2-600 6″ 2-way Components
Rear Speakers: JL Audio TR-400CXI 4″ 2-way Coaxials
Subwoofer: Kicker CVT654 Sub mounted in a 2000 BMW M Roadster 6.5″ box
Amplifier: Kenwood KAC-1502S 350W 2-way Bridgeable for the Sub

4/6/12:
47,250
Parts Purchase
Interior Mirror (Bimmerforums)

4/21/12:
47,441
Parts Purchase
Center Armrest (LeatherZ)

5/9/12:
47,460
Parts Purchase
Cocomats

12/8/12:
48,614
Oil & Filter Change
Mobil 1 0W-40 European Formula & Mahler filter

2/8/13:
48,633
Cooling System Overhaul @ Technique Automotive
Stewart Water Pump
Aluminum Thermostat Housing
Thermostat Housing Gasket
Lower Radiator Hose
Upper Radiator hose
Radiator to Expansion Tank hose
Clamps
Thermostat
O-Ring
Expansion Tank
Radiator Expansion Tank Cap
Fan Blade
Fan Clutch
Belt Set
Coolant Level Sensor
O-Ring
Acc. Belt Idler Tensioner
Acc. Belt Idler Pulley
AC Recharge
Transmission Fluid R&R

As you can tell even with the CPO-style refurbishment there were still a few items that needed addressing. Some of the interior trim was subpar or missing, which I replaced. The shifter knob was worn, which I replaced. The AC Controls and center console gauges had some burned out bulbs, so I went in and replaced all the bulbs, including the one that weren’t burned out. Glovebox had the typical Z3 sag issue, which I corrected with a reinforcement bar. The factory stereo was skipping with a couple of distorting speakers, so I installed a brand new headunit, speakers and amp. Headunit features Bluetooth and 2 USB inputs which allow ipod control. I installed one USB hookup in the glovebox, the other USB hookup is in the new LeatherZ center armrest console. The interior rear view mirror wouldn’t adjust between day/night mode, so I replaced it. I also replaced the tired and worn factory floormats with some quality black & blue Cocomats which match perfectly.

I performed an oil change after 12 months. The cooling system looked to have been original from the factory, so earlier this year I had the full cooling system replaced, except for the radiator, with OEM BMW parts and an upgraded Stewart water pump. It should be set for another 10 years or 50,000 miles. The car is scheduled to go in to have the AC checked this week. While I always drive with the top down and AC off, I’ve noticed that it is not blowing as cold as it should. I will get this addressed and fixed this week at my local shop.

The car has been garaged since I’ve owned it and it has not seen the any rain, only driven on sunny days. As you can tell from the pictures it is in beautiful condition, no rust or other issues. Car looks to be 1-2 years old max in terms of condition. I have detailed, polished and waxed the car with professional quality tools and materials. While it is not in perfect concours condition (no 14 year old car with 49K miles it), it gets nothing but stares and admiration at local BMW CCA events. There are a few stone chips that have been touched up. A small scratch on the driver’s door has been touched up professionally as well, and a small scrape on the passenger rear wheel well has been touched up. The door scratch is impossible to capture with a camera, and the wheel well scrape I’ve captured in an attached pic. Neither is noticeable when standing more than 5 feet away.

Aside from the AC mentioned earlier, mechanically the M runs beautiful and drives beautiful. Engine starts immediately, pulls strong, and the car loves a winding 2 lane road. Rear subframe has been checked and is undamaged, no signs of separation or issues. Title is free and clear, no liens, and in my possession, ready to be signed over to the new owner. I had planned on keeping the M forever, but my 15 year old son will be driving soon, and with limited space & increased insurance costs with another driver in the house (and his little sister not far behind) it doesn’t make sense for us to keep the car at this time.

Asking price is $16,800 and the car is located in Helena, AL, about 25 miles southwest of Birmingham.

More pics can be seen at http://s34.photobucket.com/user/fw_fw/slideshow/Z3%20M%20July%202013

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It’s no secret that M Coupe prices of similar vintage are taking off currently. It makes me wonder how much longer it will take for the M Roadster to follow. Perhaps, however, people view the open roofed version as a little less hard edged, so values might always lag a bit behind the Coupe. With just over 50,000 miles on the clock, $16,800 might be a little high, but is certainly in the ball park for this little sports car. Enough so that it has me rethinking the Cooper S sitting in my garage…

-Paul

2001 BMW Z3 3.0i Coupe

We’ve featured a lot of M Coupes over the past few months and it’s clear that the market is steadily rising for these beastly little rockets. But seldom seen is the variant with the less powerful engine, the Z3 Coupe. It may not have the sharper edges of its M sibling, but it still included a 3.0 liter inline six and good reflexes. Being a dark horse often translates into good value. This Dakar Yellow Z3 Coupe for sale in New Jersey has the 5-speed manual gearbox and a good option seeking M Coupe fun but perhaps don’t need brute strength as a part of the equation.

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Year: 2001
Model: Z3 3.0i Coupe
Engine: 3.0 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 75,056 miles
Price: $17,399

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW 3.0i Coupe on eBay

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2001 BMW Z3 3.0i

DON’T MISS THIS BEAUTIFUL EXCLUSIVE DAKAR YELLOW COLOR!!!!

Price(s) does not include documentation, licensing, registration fees and taxes.

There is still plenty of tread left on the tires, practically BRAND NEW. The paint has a showroom shine. This vehicle was tastefully optioned. With just approx. 75K miles, this car is barely broken in-considering its production year. Mainly highway mileage. Very clean interior! This vehicle was owned by a non-smoker. Very smooth ride! All interior components are in excellent working order. Competitively priced for a car of this rarity.

-At 47k Pads and rotors replaced as scheduled.

-At 60k mile service performed on schedule, along with thermostat replacement,

-Tires just recently replaced and much much more, approx. $6,300 in service records and receipts available for this vehicle.

It was pampered and taken very good care of. You will NOT find this same car, 1 yr. of production only, in this rare color or in this condition. GOOD LUCK!!

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The seller states that the Z3 Coupe was produced for only one year, but in fact, it was produced from 1999 through 2001. At first, the Coupe was available with the 2.8 liter inline six, followed on by the 3.0 liter one year later in Europe and in 2001 for the US market. The asking price seems to be a bit ahead of the curve. If the car had 50,000 miles or under, it would be a bit more palatable, but M Coupes with the S52 engine are not selling for much more. It’s nice, though, that service records are available, as the 70,000 to 100,000 mile range is when a lot of things can happen and when servicing is paramount. Regardless, this Z3 Coupe looks to be a fairly straight example of a seldom seen modern Bimmer. If this car could be had for somewhere around $13,000 to $15,000, it would be worth a second look.

-Paul