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2000 BMW M Coupe – REVISIT

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The low mileage Estoril Blue BMW M Coupe we featured last month is back up for sale, on offer at $1,250 less than when we first came across it. Looking to drive a modern icon? I think everyone will agree the Clown Shoe, as it is sometimes called, could be the BMW equivalent of the air-cooled 911 in terms of collectability.

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The below post originally appeared on our site November 29, 2014:

Certain cars have always captivated me to a far more significant degree than others. Frequent readers will recognize the 911 as the car that most fits that bill, but the car we see here is another that, since its debut, has held my attention and served as a benchmark for later models. I have always been a fan of small cars and in the late ’90s there seemed to be an influx of such designs, typically in the form of a roadster. BMW also joined the fray with the Z3 and later M Roadster, but it was the M Coupe that set my heart aflame. Somewhat peculiarly styled, the shooting-brake form garnered the M Coupe the ‘clownshoe’ moniker, yet it has always been a wonderfully proportioned look even if it is almost overly muscular in appearance. At the time of release I could recall nothing else like it and even now there are few direct comparisons. While the later S54-equipped models are the most highly desired a nice example from the S52 years can still make for an exhilarating drive all while saving quite a few dollars compared with its more high-powered successor. The example we have here is an Estoril Blue 2000 BMW M Coupe, located in California, with 38,148 miles on it.


Year: 2000
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 38,148 mi
Price: $31,000 Buy It Now

38K Miles | Two-owner | Recent service | Pristine | Unmolested original condition

Up for sale is my beloved clownshoe … already a classic, this vehicle is in amazing original condition with zero issues. The paint shines, with zero knicks, scratches or dings. The interior is perfect, with zero rips/tears/stains and very minimal signs of use on the driver seat (passenger side looks brand new). This is a no-story/non-issue coupe that has been enthusiast owned (2 total owners) and has been properly maintained and taken care of, taken exclusively to BMW of Mountain View (CA) for regular service.

In the last few months, the vehicle has had:
BMW inspection 1 and what was needed for inspection 2 service (receipts over $1800)
Upgraded Michelin Pilot Super Sports (less than 2k miles in OEM sizes)
New factory correct //M emblems replaced (the red tends to fade with time, now looks great!)
This will undoubtedly be THE car I look back on and regret selling 🙂 … growing family forces sale, hoping it goes to another enthusiast as these are very special cars with a very special community.

The buyer is responsible for shipping, however I will be accommodating/flexible and can ensure safe and proper loading of the vehicle.


Because BMW significantly reshaped the M Coupe for release as part of the Z4 lineup the Z3-based Coupes have always been my favorite and stood alone amongst BMW models. With less than 40K miles we would expect this M Coupe to present in very good condition and it doesn’t disappoint. I’m not generally a fan of the contrasting leather seats, but the blue and black contrast at least is not as jarring as some other options and they do complement the exterior quite well. S52-equipped Coupes have begun to rise in value though this one probably is still priced on the high end of the scale. Still well-maintained examples with fairly low mileage are just the sort of car to jump into now. They have enough miles that they can still be driven, but few enough that they are unlikely to suffer on the market a few years down the road.



  1. Fred
    Fred November 29, 2014

    I hated the look of this car when it 1st came out, I have done a 180 on these cars. If this car had a tiny back seat It would be in my driveway.

  2. Ry
    Ry November 29, 2014

    Nice mileage…I wonder if he’ll get his ask. S54 no problem, S52?? Anyone who likes M coupes & roadsters needs to bookmark this site, sometimes they’ll have helpful history throughout multiple owners as well.

    @Fred – I agree with you, I fall more in love with these each year they are gone! I really like that it’s mechanically pretty simple, no in car tech or sophisticated driving aids.

  3. Jordanpryce
    Jordanpryce November 30, 2014

    I have a 2000 S52 and I’ll tell you, it pulls harder and is more fun to drive then my 964. Maybe the s54 is a beast, but you’ll never miss the extra HP.

  4. Ry
    Ry December 14, 2014

    Is that mesh in the back similar to the ones in many station wagons? To keep your dog or whatever in the back? This would make one wicked dog sleigh.

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