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Friday Fail: 1995 BMW M3

Happy Friday everyone! It’s time to take another trip down Fail Lane, this time focusing on a first-year E36 M3 that has covered just 57k miles. It’s pretty much perfect in white on DS1s, some of my all-time favorite wheels. Inside, black Vader sport seats flash the M colors and everything looks as good as could be hoped in an E36. So, sounds like a really nice lower-mileage future classic, albeit one of about a million right?

Well, folks, we’ve discussed at length the crazy rise of ///M values, with the early M cars leading the way and just about all the others benefiting from the rising tide. As E30 M3s head to the strong side of $50k, a newer model must be better, right?! We all know that’s not the case, as the E36 M3 has in fact remained amazingly reasonable and is one of the best performance values on the market. The Lightweight models have reached into the $30ks and $40ks, but you can get really nice, standard M3s for low-to-mid teens. One with 20k miles might crack $20k, but this seller is asking almost $37k for a car that is, at best, worth half that. “The prices of these cars are rising everyday,” he says. He also thinks he can throw a football over them there mountains, go invisible whenever he wants, and play guitar better than Prince.

You’re wrong, dude. So incredibly, failingly wrong on this Friday.

Click for details: 1995 BMW M3 on eBay

Year: 1995
Model: M3
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 57,602 mi
Price: $36,881 OBO

Earth Motorcars is proud to present this absolutely stunning, Carfax Certified 1995 BMW M3 Coupe. This future collector looks as good as it did when it left the showroom floor. Only 57K original miles! It is the ultimate driving machine!

Features include:

3.0L 6 cylinder engine with 5-speed manual transmission
Air conditioning
Power steering/Power brakes
Power windows/Power seats
Factory heated front seats
Dinan exhaust
Factory sunroof
Original BMW DS1 M Double spoke wheels Spare with tools, 2 keys & books and owner’s manual!

The prices of these cars are rising everyday. Don’t miss out on this incredible driving machine.

This is definitely a beautiful M3. Any time I see its doppelgänger that lives around me I smile and want to go for a spirited drive. But this kind of speculative, hyperbolic pricing is stupid. It would be asking too much if he lopped $10 off the price. He should go work at Enthusiast Auto Group or trade mortgage-backed securities if he wants to fail this hard.



  1. mrt
    mrt April 22, 2016

    Even euro-spec cars don’t fetch those prices, let alone the crippled US-spec wannabe M3s.

  2. Tony
    Tony April 22, 2016

    You guys are actually a bit off on your numbers. I recentness sold my 1988 M3 (50k miles) for 75k and my 99 M3 (40k miles) for 27k. Lightweights for 30 or 40k? Show me one that is that price with under 100k on it. I agree that this 95 is overpriced, but not by much.

  3. Bimmerfan
    Bimmerfan April 22, 2016

    These comments reflect the market for the good examples.

  4. Bob S
    Bob S April 23, 2016

    The one to get is a Japanese spec in the Port of Vancouver. You get the Euro engine and steering wheel on the left. The E36 should start to go up but the 95 is the least desirable one due to Valve retainer worries and less fancy interiors. The 99 is the one to get. Actually the Sedan 97-98 in white with LTW rims is the one I’d get. I sold my Mint 97′ Sedan in Cosmos Black with 72,000 miles about three years ago for $12,000. The guy knocked on my door and said he wanted to buy it. I was in the mood to sell it. Worked out well, but it is worth at least what he paid now. This speculation about rising values will only last so long. I’d get a depreciated 235M any day over an E30, E36 or even E46. (I own an E46 …nice car but too heavy). If you want to buy a rising boat, get an Integra Type R is my advice.

  5. Carl G
    Carl G April 25, 2016

    It appears this car has some kind of connection to Enthusiast Auto – note that it is photographed on the same turntable as the cars on their site…

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