Double Take: 2018 BMW M3 and 2015 M4 Convertible

Often we ignore really modern cars on these pages. It’s not necessarily that they’re not exciting – often it’s quite the opposite. For me, it’s just that they’re not exciting to see for sale because they’re still effectively cars that you can walk into a dealership and buy. And I’m sorry, while they can thoroughly out-perform older cars in virtually every way, you can’t just walk into an Audi dealer and buy a brand new Quattro, can you?

But impressive these cars are, and if you can look down the road so to speak at having one as a potential special car in the future, you can balance a hefty discount from new with near-new status and have quite a savings over stock, too. When the F8x BMW M3 and M4 launched, they were loud, proud, and…well, large. Park an M4 next to an original M3, and you can nearly hide the entire older model behind the silhouette of the new one. But when the G80 was launched recently, well…suddenly meet the new boss had me looking at the old boss in a new light. And the S55 is still good for 425 horsepower – and it’ll still rip your face off. 0-60 is gone in 4 seconds and it’ll demolish the older generations in a straight line. So let’s check out the signature tone with unique interiors in two very different configurations:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2018 BMW M3 on eBay


Year: 2018
Model: M3
VIN: WBS8M9C51J5J79391
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 38,723 mi
Location: Marietta, Georgia
Price: $59,735 Buy It Now

M3 IN YAS MARINA BLUE METALLIC OVER SAKHIR ORANGE EXTENDED MERINO LEATHER! THIS IS A VERY CLEAN ONE OWNER BMW WITH A CLEAN CARFAX AND EXCELLENT DEALER SERVICE HISTORY! OPTIONS INCLUDE MANUAL TRANSMISSION, EXECUTIVE PACKAGE, DRIVING ASSISTANCE PACKAGE, 19 INCH WHEELS, COMFORT ACCESS KEYLESS ENTRY, REAR VIEW CAMERA, HEATED FRONT AND REAR SEATS, HARMAN KARDON SOUND, NAVIGATION, SIRIUSXM SATELLITE RADIO, AND INCLUDE ONE KEY! ORIGINAL MSRP OF $72,845, FACTORY WARRANTY THROUGH 11/29/21 OR 50K MILES.

Yas Marina is a fantastic color, full stop. Sakhir Orange is a fantastic color, also full stop. Put them together and what do we get? Well, it’s distinctive for sure, and you’re not likely to run into a similar example driving down the road*. This one has a bunch of high-level options and is basically fully loaded, but also has a six-speed manual. Condition is top, but mileage is relatively high for a 2018. So, too, is the price. $60,000? Yikes! It’s not much of a drop in depreciation over the claimed $73,000 retail given that it’s now three years old and has the best part of its best 40,000 miles gone. It is unique, for sure, and manual sedans in a neat tone are hard to come by. But at this price, I’d probably be looking at a brand new G80 with a full warranty and aggressive financing, because after all you can’t see the grille sitting inside. Plus, Sao Paulo Yellow and Isle of Man Green. ‘Nuf said!

*but what if you wanted to save a few bucks, and bought this one instead?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2015 BMW M4 Convertible on eBay


Year: 2015
Model: M4 Convertible
VIN: WBS3U9C5XFP968290
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 44,492 mi
Location: Houston, Texas
Price: $44,000 Buy It Now

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Well, not much is offered about this M4, but it’s spec’d nearly identical to the M3 sedan above. Mileage is more in line with what you’d expect for the age, and condition is still great. You also save a further $16,000 over the sedan’s asking price and get a four-season four-seater drop-top to boot. Downsides? I was pretty shocked to watch reviews of the F83 that suggested that the cowl shake was still bad. And, the doors on the coupes have become massively long, and given how people park today and the size of other cars, you’ll be finding yourself hoping “THAT PERSON” doesn’t park next to your spot 3/4 of a mile from the store on the outskirts of the Home Depot lot.

Which is the one to buy probably depends a lot on your priorities. The M3 is a lot more usable for someone who has family members. The M4 lets you hear the snap, crackle, and pop of the S55, and it’s a lot more affordable. Long-term, the sedan is *probably* the better investment, but this one is a bit over priced for what it is, I think.

-Carter

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4 Comments

  1. Nope, there is no circumstance where buying a G80 is the right answer. Not until they fix those god awful nostrils. It’s like BMW is trying to prank us or something. They have to be the ugliest cars ever made.

  2. The color combos are unique for sure but the sedan is definitely overpriced as you pointed out. Regardless, I would personally get a sedan with the competition pack and 6 speed manual.

    If I am getting an M4 I would wait until one of the 2020 (?) heritage editions in either laguna seca blue or velvet blue comes off lease 🙂 they look delicious !

  3. Like this one and it’s even in the same combination ! I did not know Yas + Sakhir was a thing:

    https://www.vistabmw.com/inventory/certified-used-2018-bmw-m3-base-rwd-4d-sedan-wbs8m9c54j5k98343

  4. james Fuerstenberg

    Sedan is very high price…A friend bought a 2018 model in early 2019 for 60K, with a few hundred miles on it from a BMW dealer. This one seems at least 10K high to me. Personally, not so interested in convertibles.

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