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1997 BMW M3 Coupe with 45,000 Miles

The value of E36 M3s has been much debated over the past few years, with detractors snickering and deriding every asking price and speculators suggesting their worth is many times the average selling price. While it’s true you can find cheap E36 M3s, the question remains – where is the market going on these cars? The result of their relatively low value for such a protracted period means that today there just aren’t the glut of good examples that there once were, so when a really nice one comes along, now too do the bids. Case in point – today’s 1997 Coupe. A quick search of my local Craigslist ads suggests I can buy one of these for $6,500. No, actually, I can buy four of them, all for $6,500 (or less). So why would I pay more for this one?

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Year: 1997
Model: M3 Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 45,250 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1997 BMW M3 E36 Coupe ** Rare Dakar Yellow | 5-Speed |45,XXX Original Miles **

Up for sale this week is a very Rare, Low Mileage, M3 Coupe. It is Dakar Yellow over black leather Vader interior. It has been driven sparingly and always well maintained. It’s in overall Excellent condition cosmetically and mechanically. This M3 would make a great daily driver or weekend cruiser! You make the decision, but don’t miss this one!

The exterior of this M3 is in excellent condition. The Dakar Yellow paint is in great shape! This M3 is Carfax certified to have never been in an accident. The body is great shape, and there are no major dents or dings. The front bumper has some rock chipping (normal for 21 year old car)

The interior is in excellent condition as well. The Black Leather seats are soft and supple. There are no tears, rips, or deep wear lines anywhere. Very minor ware on drivers side bolster. The door panels, trim panels and dashboard are all very nice and have no cracks. 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!

The engine starts right up and runs very strong. The transmission shifts smooth. The car does not leak anything. This M3 runs and drives like it should for having only 45k miles! The tires have plenty of tread left. The front and rear brakes have lots of pad left

This M3 has a Clean and Clear Title. This M3 is Carfax guaranteed to have never been in an accident. All original owners manuals, floor mats, and tools will be included with the vehicle.
Terms & Conditions:
You are entering a binding contract.
Only BID if you are ready to purchase.
Full Payment Due within 3 days of auction close.
Non Refundable Deposit $1000 due within 24 hrs.
Non paying bidders will be subject to fines and listing fee’s.

Payment Method:
Cash Buyers ONLY! Bank Wire, or Cash in Person.
No Loans, No Cashiers Checks, No Personal Checks, No Paypal.

Please contact a transportation company of your choice to ship the car. I will assist with loading the car onto the truck once the funds have cleared. I can help arrange shipping at buyers expense.

Please inquire if you are a cash buyer ONLY and are serious about purchasing.

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We work very hard to accurately describe our vehicles through text descriptions and elaborate photos. When you purchase a pre-owned vehicle it is not a new vehicle. Any used vehicle can have normal wear and blemishes. This vehicle is being sold As-Is Where is with No warranty expressed or implied. Before placing a bid please read the descriptions thoroughly and view all pictures.

On Aug-22-16 at 09:04:19 PDT, seller added the following information:

Prior Repaint of Front End!

It’s always a bit frustrating to see the comments indicating that you can buy this same car for a fraction of the asking price, because inevitably they’re never apples to apples comparisons. Those $6,500 M3s near me? The wrong wheels, dubious modifications, automatics, rust, close to 200,000 miles, poor exteriors, even more poor interiors, and little or no disclosed maintenance. Those cars are worth $6,000. This one is another beast entirely. First, it’s quite a desirable color in Dakar Yellow, and is paired with again desirable Vaders. Condition appears to be excellent throughout and commensurate with the very low mileage. It’s all original, too, minus the disclosed front bumper repaint. Original options were the rear spoiler (325), sunroof (401), heated seats (494), automatic climate control (534), cruise control (540), on board computer (554), hifi stereo (676), CD prep (692), and the best one – the M Double Spoke forged wheels (783). Honestly, I think these cars look much better without the spoiler, but it is correct and original. This is about as nice as one of these coupes comes to market, and the bidders have reacted. With two days to go, active bidding has already surpassed $16,000. Now, that may sound like a lot, but consider for a moment that Enthusiast Auto Group is asking $32,000 for an arguable less interesting ’99 (admittedly with a few less miles). The reserve is still on, but this E36 may help to set a new market trend if it is removed past $20,000.



  1. pmichaelg
    pmichaelg August 26, 2016

    Pretty weak interior photography, no engine shots, exterior not pristine – I am not sure this M3 is all that.

  2. Doug
    Doug August 27, 2016

    It’s frustrating. This is the model I had pegged as something to pick up in a couple of years a few years ago, and now the market has gone nuts. In reality it really isn’t that a special car, compared to other special cars. We didn’t get the right engine here in the US, it isn’t as manic as the E30 M3. It does have good handling and a torquey engine, but now the good examples are priced way too much IMHO. Oh well, I missed the boat on these. Now I would rather pick up a 5 series for seriously less bucks.

  3. Bob Salter
    Bob Salter August 27, 2016

    A 45 K M3 is a keeper. Anything with freshened suspension and cooling system up to date and under 100K will make a great car to enjoy every time you drive. I loved mine. At the time I also had a Corrado VR6. I loved them both . Not sure which I liked better (The Corrado engine for sure was more fun)
    The only thing I didn’t like about the M3 was at times it felt agrarian when approaching redline. Such a great platform though. I especially love those forged LTW wheels. Worth the current auction price.

  4. Will
    Will August 30, 2016

    I was in the market for one last month. Almost bought one for $14K with 75k miles. Excellent condition with a repainted rear bumper from a parking lot accident with full documentation. I hesitated for a few days and it was purchased by my neighbor. Even without the european engine it still felt special. Good examples are definitely worth $15 to $20K, with prices still going up.

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