1999 BMW M3

With E30 M3s being all the rage, the E36 M3 is getting lost a bit in the shuffle amongst BMW enthusiasts. These are sport sedans with plenty of merit, as anyone who has driven one will tell you. This generation M3 also opened up the US market to more variants, such as the Cabriolet and Sedan. But for the purist, only the original two door will do. This final year E36 M3 Coupe for sale in Illinois is part of a dying breed, as fewer lower mileage E36s become available on the market as time goes on.

Year: 1999
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 65,800 mi
Price: $15,995

1999 BMW M3 on eBay

1999 BMW M3. The last year of the E36 M3. Don’t miss out on this beautiful M3 Coupe. Loaded up. 100% Carfax certified, 100% Autocheck certified. Clean vehicle history report. Meticulously maintained and extremely well cared for. Serviced at Concours BMW.

Inspection I & II performed

A/C condensor and lines replaced

A/C module replaced

A/C control panel replaced

Brake fluid flush

Power steering lines replaced

Coolant overflow tank replaced

Radiator replaced

Service records included.

Cosmos Black Metallic Exterior, Gray leather interior

240 hp, 3.2 liter inline 6 S52, 5-speed manual transmission

17″ polished 5-double spoke forged alloy wheels

Premium Harmon/Kardon Sound System

Power tilt/slide sunroof

Power front seats

Rear spoiler

Heated front seats

On board trip computer

Cruise control

It’s nice to see a regular, two door 1999 M3 Coupe for sale, as the glut of 1999 M3s I see are automatic cabriolets. I’ve never quite understood the appeal of the M3 cabriolet, as it misses the point when it comes to a honed performance machine. Almost $16,000 is a bit rich for an M3 with this kind of mileage. Realistically, this is about a $13,000 to $14,000 car at best. While the E36 M3 might pale in comparison on a purity level as compared to the original E30 M3, this is reflected in market values. At the moment, the time hasn’t been better to pick up one of these high performance 3 series.

-Paul

1999 Mercedes CLK430 Amusement

I still can’t resist using this forum to highlight some oddities that otherwise wouldn’t see the light of day, even if they do fall out of line of our typical finds. See this S320 as an example. What we have here is another Benz with a custom paint job I couldn’t resist sharing.

1999 Mercedes CLK430 with custom paint on eBay

1999 Mercedes CLK430 paint5

Not much to say here.. The CLK has 83,000 miles. The seller states it has new brakes and that the 20″ rims and tires are also new. The seller doesn’t go into details about the accident that totaled the car, but it looks like it was front end. Hard to tell exactly from the pictures, but that hood looks replaced. The detail work on the paint job looks well done, just unexpected.

It’s a vehicle with a rebuilt title sold on eBay with a seller with zero feedback with a paint job for a very specific set of tastes. The car is at $2,700 with the reserve not met. Any guesses on end price?

~Evan

Scared of Clowns? Scary BMW Clownshoe M-Coupe for Sale

Despite a love for reading Stephen King novels in elementary school, I refused to watch or read “It.” Whether it was this refusal, a general lack of exposure, or just a stroke of luck, I never harbored the visceral terror that clowns inspire in many people. When it comes to cars, I’m actually far to the other side of the spectrum, as I am inextricably drawn to clown-shoe cars. Be it the Ferrari Breadvan, Volvo P1800 wagon, Jensen FF or copycat Ferrari FF, the 2-door shooting brake style gets me going. The ultimate expression of this funky/sporty/useful design is the first generation BMW M Coupe. It added a whole new dimension to the otherwise-forgettable Z3 form and earned BMW all kinds of props from car enthusiasts pleased with a manufacturer willing to get weird.

On the topic of getting weird, however, we have today’s M Coupe in Texas. If you dig a little, you’ll find a well put-together and loved car that must be a blast to drive. If you judge the book by its cover though, it’s all scary clown. I count at least 5 overwrought aero bits that give me that uncomfortable laughing/terrified feeling. With just one owner and a $20k Buy-It-Now, however, it may be worth your time to strip away the honking nose and extreme clothes, revealing a simpler, kickass clown shoe.

1999 BMW M Coupe for sale on eBay


From the seller:

1999 BMW Z3 M COUPE / DINAN / HAMANN / ONE OWNER, RARE AND METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED.
This is a very rare, one owner, meticulously maintained vehicle. Less than 2300 of these cars were produced in the world. Having to sell due to health reasons.
This vehicle has been maintained to the extreme, have all records and I am the original owner. You won’t find a nicer M Coupe out there.
EXTERIOR: Imola Red, INTERIOR: Imola Red and Black Leather Interior, BMW HK Premium Sound System w/ in dash CD and 6 disc changer in cargo area, Moon roof / Sun roof, BMW OEM European Headlights and tail lights.
ENGINE MODIFICATIONS:
DINAN Stage 4 Engine Software, DINAN Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake
DINAN High Flow Air Sensor, DINAN High Flow Air Meter, DINAN Oil Cooler System
DINAN Stainless Steel Exhaust System, DINAN Carbon Fiber Fuel Rail Cover and DINAN Carbon Fiber Engine Cover

SUSPENSION MODIFICATIONS:
DINAN Stage 4 Suspension System – NEW DINAN KONI’S Front and Rear, DINAN Shock Tower Brace
ROGUE ENGINEERING Rear Shock Mounts, UUC Short Throw Shift Kit
BREMBO Drilled and Slotted Rotors – Front and Rear

AERODYNAMICS:
HAMANN Front Bumper / Spoiler w/ DE Projector Driving / Fog Lights
HAMANN Carbon Fiber Front Spoiler Splitters
HAMANN Side Skirt Splitters, HAMANN Rear Diffuser, HAMANN Roof Spoiler, BMW OEM Hatch Spoiler

INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS:
HAMANN Aluminum Pedal Set, HAMANN E-Brake Handle, HAMANN Pistol Grip Shift Knob
Z-LEATHER A-Pillar Pod w/ VDO Oil Pressure Gauge

RECENT MAINTENANCE PERFORMED:
Clutch Assembly, Rotors and Brake Pads, Tie Rods, Dinan-Koni’s (front and rear), POWERFLEX Polyurethane Bushings, Oil & Filter (Royal Purple Every 3,000 Miles),
New Radiator With Complete Update of Cooling System, New Tires on Rear (TOYO TR-1’S), And BMW Inspection II Completed.
This car is a multi-show winner and in 2006 was Best of Show at The Texas Driver Magazine’s Oktoberfest All German Car Show.

The attention to detail and work under the skin by the single owner are definite pluses, and I’m even a fan of these rear fender stoneguards. While slightly lower-mileage and similarly-modified examples have gone in the low $20ks, the price still seems a tad high when you could keep hunting for an S54 version and be instantly faster. Something around $18k sounds right to me, but the thin market makes it hard to say. If you like scaring children or adults with bad childhood memories though, this is definitely the clown shoe for you.

-NR

1999 BMW M Coupe

In the decade that has passed since its introduction, the BMW M Coupe has amassed a cult following. A two seat hatchback with looks that weren’t necessarily well received when it was new, the M Coupe has made a name for itself as an uncompromised sports car and hero of track days everywhere. When first introduced in 1998, US bound M Coupes came equipped with the same S52 inline six cylinder engine that was under the hood of the E36 M3. Later in 2001, the 3.2 liter S54 inline six found its way under the hood of the M Coupe, packing 315 horsepower in US trim. This M Coupe for sale in Florida is the earlier S52 powered variant that is looking sharp despite the distance under its tires.

1999 BMW M Coupe on eBay

You are looking at a RARE 1999 M Coupe in Estoril Blue over tu tone Blue/Black interior. Less than 3,000 M Coupes built between 1999 and 2001. All 1999 thru 2000 M Coupes have the s52 E36 M3 engine with 240hp. I bought in summer 2008 with 105k miles, now it has 110k miles. Dont be fooled by the mileage, most low mileage cars havent been driven enough, tend to sit and change owners alot, and most services are skipped. My BMW is in excellent condition and I have owned it the past 4 years.

As you can see by the pics, there are no dents, no dings, no rips, no tears, cold A/C and is in excellent condition with Vin numbers on all panels. All maintenance up to date and comes with service records during my ownership. Tires are in excellent condition and you can see the stock rims have no curb rash or blemishes. My M coupe is all stock except for the radio. I have owners manual, 2 keys, and clear title in hand. I am thinning out my car collection of 9, sorry no trades. Fly to Orlando, take a vacation, and drive home in a BMW. This BMW is listed for sale “as is” without any warranties.

This car is making me rethink my “never buy a high mileage M car” mantra. If this was a lower mileage example, it might bring somewhere between $15,000 to $20,000, but with over 100,000 on the clock, we’re probably looking at somewhere between $12,000 to $14,000. Even still, with this kind of mileage, this car is in fantastic condition and looks great in Estoril Blue. I have a hunch that like the original E30 M3, these M Coupes are going to take off price wise in the future. This may just be the chance to get in on the ground floor.

-Paul

1999 Porsche 911

The year 1999 was perhaps one of the most significant years for Porsche in recent memory, as it signaled the beginning of a new era for the venerable 911. Gone were the direct links to the past, such as air-cooled engines, round headlamps and fixed quarter light glass. The type 996 was indeed an all new design, by famed stylist Harm Lagaay and while it didn’t share any components with its predecessor, it did share much of its front end with the less expensive, mid-eingined Boxster. While some 911 purists derided the new model, it did bring about evolutionary touches to increase usability, while retaining the trademark rear-engined layout. Over a decade later, prices for 996s have lagged behind other, more desirable 911s, but it allows less wealthy enthusiasts access to the brand. This particular 911 is owned by our reader Joe and is very well sorted despite having just passed the 100,000 mile mark.

1999 Porsche 911

For sale: 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera C2 coupe. WP0AA2990XS623132. Production Date: June, 1998. Engine Type: M96

Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 100,679
Asking price: $19,400

I have the California title in-hand. Payment should be by wire transfer, check, or cash. Car is located in Los Angeles area. Please contact me via email: joe@joe250.com. I searched far and wide for this car. I wanted an LSD-equipped, no accident, all-original paint 996 coupe. It had 60,000 miles when I purchased it 2 years ago. I used it as my daily driver and racked up 40,000 miles in short order. My job requires me to drive all over California. It only let me down once when the crank position sensor started to go. Other than that it has been a fantastic car to own and drive. It is plenty fast, comfortable around town and perfect for long drives. I have never raced the car or used it at track days. I drive the car quickly at times but I never abuse it (no revving past 4,000 until fully warmed, rev-matching on downshifts, etc.). It is so easy to drive and comfortable that it is easy to foget just how fast this car is. It is a shockingly quick car on a twisty road, which I would be happy to demonstrate for any potential buyer. The car continues to be accident-free and is now parked until it sells. I decided to sell because my work continues to increase the amount of driving I do and because I will soon have another sports car.

Maintenance

I have spared no expense maintaining the car. I performed the routine items myself (oil changes, brakes, shocks, etc.) and relied on two reputable shops to tackle the bigger stuff – The Rennshop in San Jose and Werks II in Burbank. Anything they recommended I have fixed or replaced, I did without exception.

Recent work includes a brake fluid flush, transmission fluid flush, new Porsche floor mats, a new Interstate battery and new Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires f&r 7,000 miles ago. Included are the original books, 2 working master keys with built-in remote, 1 valet key, 3 extra oil filters with crush rings, the original un-used tool kit, the original (working) stereo, original headlight bulbs, wheel lock key, and all the service records for the car.

Car was just inspected at 99,000 miles by Werks II in Burbank and was given a clean bill of health. Everything on the car works, no exceptions. Car needs nothing mechanically. Paint has a few rock chips and door dings. Interior has some minor scuffing on the driver seat and the usual scratched paint on the front trunk release lever. Overall though the car looks very good for being 13 years old.

Upgrades

When the rear main seal started to weep oil, I had it upgraded with the latest 997 style replacement, upgraded to a sport clutch and lightweight flywheel, and had the LN Engineering IMS bearing kit installed. When the front lower control arm bushings started to go last year, I upgraded to the GT3 adjustable LCA’s and added a tiny bit more negative camber in the front. I upgraded to the ROW Sport suspension, replaced the replica Carrera 5-spoke wheels with genuine Porsche/BBS Carrera 5-spoke wheels, installed a Porsche short shift kit, and a Kenwood head unit. This includes a Garmin navigation system with touchscreen, a DVD movie player, MP3 audio, Sirius/XM satellite radio, and iPod plug. (Note: No wires were cut as part of the install. I used an aftermarket adapter which simply plugs into the original harness.) I had the windows tinted with the lightest 3M tint available both to keep the interior cooler as well as to protect the interior from UV. A previous owner had installed a set of HID bulbs, which are quite effective.

Options

I don’t know the exact amount but this was an $80,000+ car when new and included a few interesting options, like the LSD, aluminum gauge faces and chrome door sills with ‘Carrera’ script. Here is a break-down of the option codes and their original cost:
Type 996 110 $67,463
Engien code / Trans Code M9601 – 68W G9600 – 00
Paint No. L92U Arctic Silver Metallic (water-based pearl effect) $805
Interior AY
C02 Catalytic Converter
X54 Oval Chrome Exhaust Pipes $747
X70 Metal Door Sill with Insignia $425
X71 Aluminum Instrument Dials $855
041 ?
220 Locking Differential 40%
222 Traction control system $1,215
224 Active Brake Differential
413 Pressure-cast light alloy 18″ Turbo look wheels $1,190
425 Rear wiper $345
437 Comfort seat left (Full power seat left – optional)
438 Comfort seat right
490 Hi-Fi sound system – optional $830
537 Left seat with positrol (memory) and lumbar
659 Onboard computer $275
692 Remote CD changer (6-disc) $715
936 Leather seats rear
983 Leather seats front $1,520
09991 Exclusive Options Program (?)
Floor mats $110
Destination Charge $765
Luxury Tax ?
Partial total: $77,260

When comparing this car to others of similar age and mileage, please keep in mind the cost to bring them up to the same level of mechanical condition (IMS bearing upgrade, lightweight flywheel and clutch, etc.) and to have the same types of modifications (LSD, wheels, shortshifter, stereo/nav system, etc.). You’ll see that this car is a relative bargain.

This 911 has had a great amount of care lavished on it. Looking at pictures, things like scratch-free door handles and crystal clear headlamps are the mark of a careful owner who appreciates fine machinery. I have to admit, the 996 was never my favorite 911, but being the 911 fan that I am, a vehicle such as this is making me rethink my stance on this particular generation of 911 in the chances that I may move out of my Cooper S in the near future.

-Paul

Another E39 Wagon, a M5 Touring Clone

I seem to be on a sport wagon kick. This 540iT is the prettiest of the recent lot.

The car has traveled 131,901 miles and some where along the way it had some cosmetic surgery. While the driveline is all still stock, unlike the other two wagons I recently posted, this one has alot of flair on the outside.

The car had its white paint replaced with the ubiquitous, for the BMW guy looking for attention, Laguna Seca blue. Then a BMW M5 widebody kit with wide wheel arches was added. A Remus exhaust and some deep dish rims wrapped in meaty 285/30 19s out back give this car a much sportier feel. KW coil overs help it in the turns.

Inside the car has new buckets and a sprinkling of carbon fiber look wrap. The seller says there are a few electrical gremlins inside and an intermittent check engine light.

As the seller says it would be nice to swap in a full M5 driveline, but this is a looker that still will have decent performance. Bonus points go to the owner for the Hybrid emblem on the hatch lid. If it did have an M5 powerplant that badge would perhaps be more suitable.

The ask price is $18,000. There won’t be any bidders at that price, but when the seller can start lopping off several thousand I’m sure this car will get attention.

Another E39 Wagon this time a M5 Touring Clone on eBay

~Evan

1999 BMW 540iT Wagon 6 speed

Another fun wagon for the soccer parents.

This pretty much stock looking 540i Touring has one sneaky change that makes a world of difference. The automatic transmission has been hauled out and a six speed.

The car itself has 135,000 miles on it, the engine is a replacement unit from a 740i with 90K and the transmission has 110K. Other mods include upgraded steering from a 2001 7 series with an M5 steering box, an M5 sway bar, some A.C. Schnitzer springs, and Dinan tune. A set of black BMW rims add to the stealth look.

The car comes with a rebuilt title, from what the seller says is a fender bender. You will want to get more details there.

The ask price is $7,000 with no reserve. While that isn’t very much to pay for a BMW wagon with V8 power and a 6 speed manual you are putting faith in the previous owner’s conversion/transplant on a car with a previous salvage title, that has zero warranty. Cool car, it would bring twice that if it came that way from the factory. I wish the parts used in the engine and transmission conversion had less miles on them, but an enthusiast whose good with a wrench should be able to keep this one on the road no problem.

1999 BMW 540iT Wagon 6 speed on eBay

~Evan

1999 Mercedes-Benz CL500

Following on to the low mileage 560SEC we featured a short time ago, here is the car’s successor, the C140 CL class. Introduced in 1992 as the 500SEC, the car underwent a mild facelift in 1994 and was renamed the S500 coupe to adhere to Mercedes’ new nomenclature. In 1997, the final evolution in this S class coupe’s life was seen, as it was now called the CL500. Essentially the same car that preceded it, this large two door featured Mercedes-Benz’s venerable M119 5.0 liter V8. Less complex than the V12 version, it was praised for offering more reliability and better handling balance. These coupes were just advanced as their sedan counterparts, with everything from park distance control to double pane window glass. This example for sale outside of Philadelphia has done 77,000 miles and looks to be in good condition, albeit with signs of wear consistent with its age and mileage.

1999 Mercedes-Benz CL500 on eBay

At almost 17 feet long, this is one big imposing brute. But I love it for that reason. It’s true that this could be a potential nightmare in terms of electrics, but with the V8 engine, the running costs would be less than its rarer V12 counterpart. I’d say if one could obtain this car for a bit under $10,000, it would be well bought. It looks as if the front and rear bumpers could use a bit of touch up, but with a little bit of attention and a reasonable mechanic at your disposal, this could be an enjoyable personal luxury vehicle for not a lot of cash.

-Paul

1999 BMW M3 with 51,000 miles

Ever since driving an E36 M3 sedan, I always thought it was close to the perfect car. Four doors, practicality, a normally aspirated inline six, rear wheel drive, wide power band and handling from the gods. It was a little more refined than the E30, but still had a sharp edge to its character, while later versions of the M3 became more complex and overrun with, in my opinion, unnecessary electronics. This 1999 M3 represents the final year for the E36 M3, and only the convertible and coupe were available that year. Most 1999 models I see are convertibles and many, unfortunately, have the 5 speed automatic. Thankfully, this is a 5 speed manual, in the preferred hardtop body style and is painted in classic Alpine White. With 51,000 miles on the clock, it doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to E36 M3 goodness.

1999 BMW M3 on Autotrader

Only 51,055 miles! This truly exceptional BMW E36 M3 is as nice as they come. We sold this car 5 years ago at our shop with 35k miles. This vehicle has always been garaged and rarely driven even in the rain. It is equipped with Sport Package, Cruise Control, 18 Button Om-board Computer, Harman-Kardon, M-Contour Alloy Wheels, Factory Trunk Mounted CD Changer, Sunroof, Heated Seats and Power Seats. This car is all stock with no modification and all original panels with matching VIN stickers. The body is straight and the paint is nearly perfect. The interior is smoke free and the leather is as soft and nice as it was when purchased new which is likely due to the car being garaged and out of the elements. This car really must be seen in person to appreciate the quality. If you are looking for one of the cleanest E36 M3’s on the market, this car should be seriously considered. For serious inquiries & pricing, please call our shop. PLEASE NOTE Book values on a car like this are not accurate. They are typically quite far off the true market value on many ‘M’ brand BMWs. As such, we have valued this car correctly for the condition and mileage with a haggle-free price.

The asking price of almost $19,000 is all the money for one of these E36 M3s. This is about half of what these cars cost new. Generally speaking, most examples in this condition fetch anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000, with rare versions such as the Lightweight commanding more money. While this is certainly a clean and well documented example, I’m not sure that constitutes this much of a premium. Still, it splits the difference between garage queen and driver quite nicely. Sans spoiler, I’d love to have this in my garage.

-Paul

1999 Volkswagen Polo 1.9 SDI Estate

Here’s another one of those “I wonder how it got here, who knows if it is legal” cars. The Volkswagen Polo was introduced in 1974 as a smaller alternative to the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta. Throughout the years it increased in size, however, even in the late 1990s, as we see with this example, it is a good bit smaller than the average Jetta/Bora estate. Also, with 64 horsepower, it is well off on the horsepower stats as well. Still, it is a neat and fuel efficient subcompact rarely seen here on these shores.

1999 Volkswagen Polo SDI Estate on eBay

Only Polo SDI Wagon in the US. Super low miles, euro car, clean and clear title. 1.9 Diesel engine, 5 speed manual transmission. Winter package, like a Golf TDI but is a wagon. Car achieves 60 mpg on the highway. Blaupunkt stereo, very cool car with a very cool history. More reliable and much more efficient than new TDIs. Will not last, being sold on a first come, first served basis.

We’ve seen that some states in this country that will accept non-US VIN numbers for titling purposes, such as the Audi S3 recently seen for sale in Colorado on Quattroworld. However, the S3 is similar enough to the S4 that it might have given regulators an excuse to turn a blind eye. The Polo…well, there was no related Volkswagen model sold here. If someone is able to work around the DMV and live in a state where laws are rather lax, salut. Your unique, German engineered gas miser awaits.

-Paul