Convertible Week: 10k-mile BMW M Roadster

In my esoteric neck of the online-car-woods, the Z3/M Roadster is almost entirely overlooked as the M Coupe is so many bushels of weird awesomeness. As a huge clownshoe fan myself, I’m as guilty as any for letting BMW’s smallest convertible lay hidden in the shadows. On a 90-degree day in the Bay Area, however, I’m thinking how great any one of these convertibles would be to cruise the coast. Today’s practically-new M Roadster would do just fine, and I can already hear the sweet S52 smoothly spinning out of the unique-for-the-time quad exhaust. It comes with a hardtop that, while no shooting brake, lends a tone of seriousness to the premium-buyers’ Miata. The price may shock at first, but with just 10,000 miles an an ///M-badge it starts to make sense.

1998 BMW M Roadster on eBay

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1998 M Roadster. Only 10,000 miles. one owner and perfect condition. I have everything that came form the factory with the car including all books. Factory Hardtop is also included. Please give me a call to discuss.

Not much description for a car whose value is based on, hopefully, thoughtful lack of use and condition. I guess he thinks it needs no more explanation. Low mileage, very fun, convertible, M-car. The only issue with this valuation is who really wants to keep this thing in a garage? They will be the last late-90s M-car to appreciate. Either get it because you want a nearly-new one and don’t care about money, or go find an S54 model for $5k less and have more fun.

-NR

2001 BMW M Coupe – REVISIT

The price on the 2001 BMW M Coupe we featured last month has been lowered to $29,000. Inquire with the owner and fellow GCFSB reader Tony; his contact information is listed below.

2001 BMW M Coupe on BimmerForums – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site January 26, 2013:

Of all the cars to be introduced in the last fifteen years, one of my favorites has to be the BMW M Coupe. My fellow contributor Brian recants the line from Talledega Nights from time to time – “I wanna go fast.” Well, if ever there was a car to do it in, this is it. Towards the end of the M Coupe production run, the S54 3.2 liter inline six took over the duty of motivating this speedy little car, with horsepower at 315. These cars are fast becoming the modern day E30 M3, with values increasing accordingly. This M Coupe for sale in Georgia comes to us from our reader Tony.

Year: 2001
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 67,000 mi
Price: $29,000

2001 BMW M Coupe on BimmerForums

2001 BMW M Coupe 333hp S54 Motor, Imola Red on Black Nappa Interior, 1 of 18 built. 66.5k miles. If you are looking at this, you know what this car is. I am the 3rd adult owner. This car is excellent condition both inside and out. Car is located in Atlanta. Asking $31,000

Contacts:
anthonyneu@gmail.com
404-218-0402
Tony

Modifications

H&R Sport Springs and Bilstein Sport Shocks (original springs and shocks included)
Adjustable Camber Front Plates
Spacers 12.5mm front 12mm rear with extended wheel bolts
Sony head unit with aux input. Was installed without cutting any wires(Working original CD43 included)
Grom Aux input for factory head unit
PFC Blue Front Brake Pads (70% left), Porterfield R4S rear
Stainless Brake Lines and ATE Blue fluid (recently flushed)
Custom Performance Tune from Technica Motorsports, greatly improves throttle response and hp
ABS Slplitters in front and Diffuser in Rear (can be removed)
Euro Clear front blinkers
Leather Z door armrest pads (much more comfortable)
BWM front rock guards, rear magnetic ones
Remote Keyless entry

Maintenance in last 10k miles

New Fuel Filter
New ABS\DSC Module (original failed)
New MAF
Recent Oil Change (BWM TWS) less than 1k ago
Seat Bushing fix
Glove Box Sag Fix
Window tracks properly greased
Amsoil MTF Fluid, shifts nicely into first gear
Michelin PS2 Tires 225/45/17 Fronts 50% remaining 255/40/17 Rear less than 1k miles on them
New Serpentine Belt with New Belt Tensioner(all 3)
New Spark plugs (oem)
Front trainling arm bushings (oem replacements)
Rogue Engineering Rear Shock Mounts
New hood and tailgate shocks
New mstripes on all exterior badges (not faded like many are)

The Good

Recent full clay\polish\wax. Paint has incredible shine to it
No Door Dings!
Interior shows virutally no wear, Drivers seat bolster in excellent condition
Car is very fast and handles amazingly well (as it should)
Brakes have a great feel to them, stops on a dime
Greatly improved linear throttle response due to custom tune
Chrome line lighted shift knob, fancy ebay m pedals
Comes with barely used coupe specific car cover
Passed Emissions 12/12 (no problems with o2 sensors)
Car has won 2 1st in class in the Peachtree CCA Concours
All rubber moldings in like new condition

The Bad

Crack in front bumper (see pics)
The usual rock chips. All filled in and not noticeable unless you get right up on them
Wheels have the usual amount of scratches, recently clayed and show very well.
Floor mats look to be original, in decent shape, have been kept clean

Pics
Over 70 photos here…
http://s1290.beta.photobucket.com/us…coupe/library/

I wouldn’t consider the M Coupe as a future classic, as I think we’ve already arrived at classic status. Built in small numbers, power and performance to blow your mind and looks only a mother could love are just part of where the intriguing story begins. These M Coupes also act as a bridge between the BMWs of yore and those currently offered, it has enough simplicity to please the most hardcore enthusiasts but offers modern day mega performance. Good luck with the sale, Tony!

-Paul

Scared of Clowns? Scary BMW Clownshoe M-Coupe for Sale

Despite a love for reading Stephen King novels in elementary school, I refused to watch or read “It.” Whether it was this refusal, a general lack of exposure, or just a stroke of luck, I never harbored the visceral terror that clowns inspire in many people. When it comes to cars, I’m actually far to the other side of the spectrum, as I am inextricably drawn to clown-shoe cars. Be it the Ferrari Breadvan, Volvo P1800 wagon, Jensen FF or copycat Ferrari FF, the 2-door shooting brake style gets me going. The ultimate expression of this funky/sporty/useful design is the first generation BMW M Coupe. It added a whole new dimension to the otherwise-forgettable Z3 form and earned BMW all kinds of props from car enthusiasts pleased with a manufacturer willing to get weird.

On the topic of getting weird, however, we have today’s M Coupe in Texas. If you dig a little, you’ll find a well put-together and loved car that must be a blast to drive. If you judge the book by its cover though, it’s all scary clown. I count at least 5 overwrought aero bits that give me that uncomfortable laughing/terrified feeling. With just one owner and a $20k Buy-It-Now, however, it may be worth your time to strip away the honking nose and extreme clothes, revealing a simpler, kickass clown shoe.

1999 BMW M Coupe for sale on eBay


From the seller:

1999 BMW Z3 M COUPE / DINAN / HAMANN / ONE OWNER, RARE AND METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED.
This is a very rare, one owner, meticulously maintained vehicle. Less than 2300 of these cars were produced in the world. Having to sell due to health reasons.
This vehicle has been maintained to the extreme, have all records and I am the original owner. You won’t find a nicer M Coupe out there.
EXTERIOR: Imola Red, INTERIOR: Imola Red and Black Leather Interior, BMW HK Premium Sound System w/ in dash CD and 6 disc changer in cargo area, Moon roof / Sun roof, BMW OEM European Headlights and tail lights.
ENGINE MODIFICATIONS:
DINAN Stage 4 Engine Software, DINAN Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake
DINAN High Flow Air Sensor, DINAN High Flow Air Meter, DINAN Oil Cooler System
DINAN Stainless Steel Exhaust System, DINAN Carbon Fiber Fuel Rail Cover and DINAN Carbon Fiber Engine Cover

SUSPENSION MODIFICATIONS:
DINAN Stage 4 Suspension System – NEW DINAN KONI’S Front and Rear, DINAN Shock Tower Brace
ROGUE ENGINEERING Rear Shock Mounts, UUC Short Throw Shift Kit
BREMBO Drilled and Slotted Rotors – Front and Rear

AERODYNAMICS:
HAMANN Front Bumper / Spoiler w/ DE Projector Driving / Fog Lights
HAMANN Carbon Fiber Front Spoiler Splitters
HAMANN Side Skirt Splitters, HAMANN Rear Diffuser, HAMANN Roof Spoiler, BMW OEM Hatch Spoiler

INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS:
HAMANN Aluminum Pedal Set, HAMANN E-Brake Handle, HAMANN Pistol Grip Shift Knob
Z-LEATHER A-Pillar Pod w/ VDO Oil Pressure Gauge

RECENT MAINTENANCE PERFORMED:
Clutch Assembly, Rotors and Brake Pads, Tie Rods, Dinan-Koni’s (front and rear), POWERFLEX Polyurethane Bushings, Oil & Filter (Royal Purple Every 3,000 Miles),
New Radiator With Complete Update of Cooling System, New Tires on Rear (TOYO TR-1’S), And BMW Inspection II Completed.
This car is a multi-show winner and in 2006 was Best of Show at The Texas Driver Magazine’s Oktoberfest All German Car Show.

The attention to detail and work under the skin by the single owner are definite pluses, and I’m even a fan of these rear fender stoneguards. While slightly lower-mileage and similarly-modified examples have gone in the low $20ks, the price still seems a tad high when you could keep hunting for an S54 version and be instantly faster. Something around $18k sounds right to me, but the thin market makes it hard to say. If you like scaring children or adults with bad childhood memories though, this is definitely the clown shoe for you.

-NR

1999 BMW M Coupe

In the decade that has passed since its introduction, the BMW M Coupe has amassed a cult following. A two seat hatchback with looks that weren’t necessarily well received when it was new, the M Coupe has made a name for itself as an uncompromised sports car and hero of track days everywhere. When first introduced in 1998, US bound M Coupes came equipped with the same S52 inline six cylinder engine that was under the hood of the E36 M3. Later in 2001, the 3.2 liter S54 inline six found its way under the hood of the M Coupe, packing 315 horsepower in US trim. This M Coupe for sale in Florida is the earlier S52 powered variant that is looking sharp despite the distance under its tires.

1999 BMW M Coupe on eBay

You are looking at a RARE 1999 M Coupe in Estoril Blue over tu tone Blue/Black interior. Less than 3,000 M Coupes built between 1999 and 2001. All 1999 thru 2000 M Coupes have the s52 E36 M3 engine with 240hp. I bought in summer 2008 with 105k miles, now it has 110k miles. Dont be fooled by the mileage, most low mileage cars havent been driven enough, tend to sit and change owners alot, and most services are skipped. My BMW is in excellent condition and I have owned it the past 4 years.

As you can see by the pics, there are no dents, no dings, no rips, no tears, cold A/C and is in excellent condition with Vin numbers on all panels. All maintenance up to date and comes with service records during my ownership. Tires are in excellent condition and you can see the stock rims have no curb rash or blemishes. My M coupe is all stock except for the radio. I have owners manual, 2 keys, and clear title in hand. I am thinning out my car collection of 9, sorry no trades. Fly to Orlando, take a vacation, and drive home in a BMW. This BMW is listed for sale “as is” without any warranties.

This car is making me rethink my “never buy a high mileage M car” mantra. If this was a lower mileage example, it might bring somewhere between $15,000 to $20,000, but with over 100,000 on the clock, we’re probably looking at somewhere between $12,000 to $14,000. Even still, with this kind of mileage, this car is in fantastic condition and looks great in Estoril Blue. I have a hunch that like the original E30 M3, these M Coupes are going to take off price wise in the future. This may just be the chance to get in on the ground floor.

-Paul

1998 BMW M Roadster

For some enthusiasts, the BMW Z3 is a bit of a hairdresser’s car. Even with rear-drive and some models employing the silky smooth BMW inline six cylinder engine, they couldn’t escape the stigma of being a fashion statement for the beautiful people when new. Almost 14 years on since the original four cylinder Z3 debuted, these roadsters have become an attractive second hand buy and a viable alternative to the beloved Mazda Miata. But it was in 1998 that BMW introduced the M roadster, enhancing this car’s performance credibility. Packing the 3.2 liter, 240 horsepower S52B32 inline six, flared fender arches, wider wheels and quad exhaust pipes, this two seater had a much more menacing look and a bite to match. Sixty miles per hour arrived in just a tick over five seconds and could cover the quarter mile in about 14 seconds.

Those who read GCFSB regularly know that I’m a sucker for unique colors. This M Roadster for sale in Utah painted in Evergreen might not be to everyone’s taste, but I like it with the matching green and black leather.

1998 BMW M Roadster on eBay

We are thrilled to have for sale a very rare 1998 BMW M Roadster in Evergreen. There were only less than 9000 of these cars produced from 1998-2000. And Evergreen with Black was an incredibly rare color combination offered. This is for sure not the car that your neighbor has! This is a super fun little car to drive. The seemingly small horsepower numbers do not tell the full story of this car. It is a true performance machine and one of the most fun reasons why BMW is the “Ultimate Driving Machine”. The car is very light so the power to weight ratio means that this car is just a scream to drive. This car is a blast to drive anywhere. It is at home on a workday commute or a weekend canyon drive. Or it would be great as a weekend beginning racer. The seat of the pants performance of this car is very hard to beat. And yet when driven civilly is also a fantastic, enjoyable car to drive casually. With the top down it is possible to carry on a cell phone conversation at 65 MPH without heavy distraction from the wind. With the rear wind screen in place your hair hardly gets jilted out of place even at freeway speeds. This car is equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission with excellent shifting manners. It is just really fun to run it through the gears it is so solid and responsive. The car has plenty of tire shredding, tail wagging power. I believe that it would be nearly impossible to beat the “bang for the buck” of this car. There are not many cars on the road that will run with it, let alone that are as comfortable and joyful to drive.

This particular car has just had new tires installed and had a service performed at out local BMW dealership, BMW of Pleasant Grove. It is ready to driven and enjoyed by its new owner. The A/C blows ice cold. This car is exceptionally clean and nice for its age. The leather seats are soft and supple and everything on the car works. If you are looking for a great value in a sports car this has got to be one of the top cars on your list. The depreciation from here is negligible. The car is wonderful to drive and experience. It is really what pure driving is about. This car has the original rear window “sock” for when the top is folded. It has the original boot to fit over the rear although it is slightly age hardened. The car has most all of its original tool kit and the top is in excellent operating condition and the fabric is in great shape as well.

The only negatives that should be discussed about this car is that is has a BMW factory replacement (BMW DOT-R) Hood on it. All of the rest of the front of the car is original but the hood was replaced along the way for some reason. Also it appears that both plastic bumpers have been painted and there is paintwork on the rear bonnet. All parts but the hood are original and there appears to never have been any collision damage. Weird about the hood but the car looks and operates fantastic. Even on close inspection you would not be able to tell the car has had paint unless you have a paint meter. The interior is exceptional, the only “flaw” is that the factory head unit has been replaced with a Kenwood stereo. Not a huge deal but notable. For a car that is 14 years old this one is a truly exceptional low mile example with a clean and clear www.autocheck.com vehicle history report. In fact it has an exceptionally high number 87 compared with the usual numbers of 27-71.

If you love to drive and enjoy a snappy throttle and superbly delivered power this is about the best bang for the buck that you can buy. The depreciation on these cars has been great! They are awesome to drive everyday or they super fun weekenders. This is the type of car that makes you want to even run and do the honey do list just because you get to drive somewhere in it. All I can say is WHAT A CAR!

All that is left is for the car to be delivered or driven to its new home and new owners. Take a look at all the pictures and see what kind of care that this car has had. I can all but guarantee that you wont find one this clean unless you buy it new. The fuel economy as rated by the feds on http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bymanu.htm is a reasonable 18 City and 26 highway. This car is amazing quick and very spirited to drive but also has a wonderful touring car component that makes it very livable on long distance road-trips. I have driven an M Roadster from California to Utah several times and they are great on the open road!

While this M roadster has a clear title, I’m curious as to why this car has a replaced hood and paintwork. With this kind of mileage, prices are hovering around the $12,000 mark these days. Granted, this is a rare color, but for some, that might not be a bonus. Even though this car looks clean, it does raise some questions when it comes to bodywork. If I could inspect this car in person and find no faults during a drive or evidence or bodywork, I’d say an extra $2,000 or so off here would be in order. It would give me the piece of mind that I didn’t overpay for something that might not be all that it appears.

-Paul

1997 BMW S3 Dinan Roadster For Sale

I dunno, I am skeptical by nature.  Any knucklehead can get a DINAN badge off eBay and call their car the real deal.  Only a true enthusiast would fork over the sort of cash it takes to transform an already expensive car.  I went through this car, well as much as you can via the interwebs, and this is a S3 through and through.  Down to the authentic (read: expensive) wheels, engine bits, badging, etc.

1997 BMW Z3 With DINAN S3 Tuning:

From the seller –

“The Dinan S3 offers up a tempting combination of pavement-scorching power and high performance handling that is second to none. The supercharged engine and Free Flow Exhaust produce an impressive 258 horsepower and 222 lb/ft torque. The Stage 2 Lightweight Clutch Assembly provides further improvement in acceleration and quicker throttle response as well as a higher clamp load to better harness the substantial power. The S3 offers a phenomenal improvement in cornering capabilities and substantially reduced understeer by virtue of the Stage 3 Suspenion System, Strut Tower Brace and Lightweight Three-Piece Dinan Performance Wheels, measuring 17 x 8.5″ with 255/40-17 tires front and rear (tires sold separately). Dinan floor mats are included, as well as the carbon fiber ignition module and fuel rail covers.

The S3-M Roadster or Coupe offers the driving enthusiast a balanced, reliable and predictable high performance driving experience beyond compare.”

The Z3 never got the respect it deserves, my guess is it was marketed to the fairer of the sexes more so than it was to men.  But this one has much more oomph than your stock Z3.  258 horsepower is a lot of grunt for a little car such as this.  More than enough to keep up or blow by any Boxster, S2000, SLK, or Audi TT of this era.

Bidding currently sits at $6k with a buy it now of $14k.  The latter seems like a very reasonable sum given the enhancements alone cost $28k.

~Aaron.

1996 BMW Z3 007 Edition with 16 (yes, 16) miles

Didn’t get a chance to buy one of the first BMW Z3s when they first arrived? Well, here’s your shot. Made famous by the James Bond film, Goldeneye, the Z3 roadster was one of the hottest introductions in BMW history and of its time. This particular example has to be one of the lowest mileage 1996 Z3s in existence, outside of what is housed in BMW’s museums.

The seller states:

This is a badged “007 James Bond Roadster” with only 16 miles. This rare BMW roadster comes with power seats, wood grain interior and tan leather seating. This car is in perfect condition. It is a local California vehicle and belonged to a love of all luxury and classic vehicles.

While the Z1 holds the title of the first modern day BMW roadster, the Z3 popularized the idea and got production at the Spartanburg, South Carolina plant up and running, along with a few errant 318i sedans thrown in here and there. With about a week left, the car is hovering just shy of $20,000, but there is a reserve. Even though this is a special edition tied to a popular movie, the automatic holds this back from being a truly sporty proposition. Granted, the 1.9 liter four cylinder won’t light your hair on fire, but the 5 speed helps make the most of the power.

-Paul

1998 BMW Z3, Low Miles, Rare Color

I remember the Z3 as one of those cars that had a massive amount of hooplah surrounding it upon it’s launch. Along with the 318i sedan, this was the first BMW to be built in the automaker’s new Spartanburg, South Carolina factory. The car also starred alongside Pierce Brosnan in his first James Bond movie, Goldeneye. In addition to the press, a little known fact was that the Z3 was available with some interesting, unique colors, such as this clean example in Türkisgrün (Turquoise Green).

document.write(”);1998 BMW Z3, Türkisgrün Green on eBay

Up for bidding is our gorgeous 1998 BMW Z3 Roadster. This car is in excellent condition with low mileage. The paint is very glossy with no scratches dings or dents, the black top and rear window are both in excellent conditon, the black leather interior is in very good conditon. The car has been well maintained and always stored indoors. The color of the car is Sea Foam Green which is a very rare color from BMW. The car comes complete with a rear wind screen to reduce buffeting, a BMW flannel rear window protector and a BMW factory tool kit.

While the seller describes the color as Sea Foam, the proper name for the color is in fact Turquoise Green. If you are interested in seeing more of these unique colors and some of the BMW Individual examples, click here. While the 1.9 liter engine was no screamer, at least this example has the manual transmission. The color and low miles makes this Z3 all the more attractive. If I could sell my 2007 C230 right now, I’d buy this car myself. I like it that much.

-Paul