2003 BMW M3 Convertible

The M3 Convertible isn’t a car I spend a lot of time on. However, the recipe is hard to argue with; you get the beautiful lines of the E46 mated to the sonorous S54 with limitless sky over your head at the touch of a button. When this car was new, it was the fastest production 4-seat convertible available, though at nearly $60,000 it was hardly cheap. Fast forward to today, and it’s generally become the cheapest way to experience BMW’s gem of a motor in the ultimate development of the naturally aspirated inline-6.

Though I don’t write of them often, I do keep my eye on them from time to time. And today’s particular 2003 is a very special package. Presented in Oxford Green Metallic over Cinnamon leather, visually this car is quite a looker. Inside you’ll find a 6-speed manual, too, and a few choice options and modifications have this one looking impressive. Is it the one to buy?

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Year: 2003
Model: M3 Convertible
VIN: WBSBR93493PK01109
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 116,800 mi
Location: Fairfield, Connecticut
Price: $21,500 Buy It Now

Car is in really good condition for age and miles. Original paint. No accidents. All stock except CSL Carbon Fiber Trunk and CSL Carbon Fiber Exhaust Diffuser. Tons of service records on the carfax. Rare Hardtop with Black Trim. No issues mechanically. Oil and air filters just changed. Suspension is tight and smooth with no clunks. A great all around car and a super rare combo that will only appreciate.”
Reach out with any questions. 203-610-0869

Thank you.

Chris

While that E36 Convertible I wrote up the other week was impressive, this car shows you the alternative for around the same price. The Oxford/Cinnamon combination is lovely, and this car has the desirable and rare to see hardtop, along with pretty much all of the premium options; forged 19″ Fuchs, Premium Package, navigation, Harman-Kardon, xenon headlights, and heated front seats. There really weren’t too many more options you could tick; save a big one: SMG. Of course, this car is shown to have a six-speed manual.

Well, the car looked familiar to me, as there was another Oxford/Cinnamon convertible with a hardtop and 19s last year for sale in Connecticut that caught my eye, but that one had an SMG gearbox. Lo and behold, they couldn’t be the same car, right? I think they might be. This car decodes as originally having SMG drivelogic, and my guess is that someone bought that other car and swapped the gearbox. When I saw it originally, the CSL-style bits weren’t on there, so I’d assume they were added recently. Stranger yet, while a clean Carfax is shown in the listing, the Autocheck report lists a potential odometer rollback.

Long story short, you probably want to do a bit of digging on this one before plunking down 20-large. But it’s a lovely and very rare combination with some quite desirable parts. It’s in good shape, and presuming the manual swap was done by someone reasonable, it’s got some heavy lifting already done too. You couldn’t come close to buying a similar coupe in this condition and color combination right now for the same price, either.

-Carter

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3 Comments

  1. The e46 cabrio is a great looking car, with no bad angles. While the coupe is better looking, to my eyes it has a bad angle when viewing from 10 or 2. And unless you’re Mario Andretti, you probably won’t notice the weight difference or less stiff chassis. The sense of occasion the drop top M3 offers makes it worth it over the coupe at current prices. I love my carbon black / cinnamon more every time in drive it. Buy one now while you can.

  2. I would agree. As performance has increased, buying these older drop tops is a sweet spot, as most petiole who buy this vintage coupe are not tracking them anyways! For a Sunday driver at 20k, hard to go wrong here I think…

  3. What a cool combo, plus hardtop, plus manual transmissions (now). For the money, hard to go wrong.

    Only the Z4 M Roadster competes at this price. Ask me how I know…

    dc

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