Convertible Week: 10k-mile BMW M Roadster

In my esoteric neck of the online-car-woods, the Z3/M Roadster is almost entirely overlooked as the M Coupe is so many bushels of weird awesomeness. As a huge clownshoe fan myself, I’m as guilty as any for letting BMW’s smallest convertible lay hidden in the shadows. On a 90-degree day in the Bay Area, however, I’m thinking how great any one of these convertibles would be to cruise the coast. Today’s practically-new M Roadster would do just fine, and I can already hear the sweet S52 smoothly spinning out of the unique-for-the-time quad exhaust. It comes with a hardtop that, while no shooting brake, lends a tone of seriousness to the premium-buyers’ Miata. The price may shock at first, but with just 10,000 miles an an ///M-badge it starts to make sense.

1998 BMW M Roadster on eBay

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1998 M Roadster. Only 10,000 miles. one owner and perfect condition. I have everything that came form the factory with the car including all books. Factory Hardtop is also included. Please give me a call to discuss.

Not much description for a car whose value is based on, hopefully, thoughtful lack of use and condition. I guess he thinks it needs no more explanation. Low mileage, very fun, convertible, M-car. The only issue with this valuation is who really wants to keep this thing in a garage? They will be the last late-90s M-car to appreciate. Either get it because you want a nearly-new one and don’t care about money, or go find an S54 model for $5k less and have more fun.


2000 BMW M Coupe

The E36/8 M Coupe is a favorite of ours here at GCFSB. These cars offer potent performance in a unique, shooting brake package. Just as soon as one of our featured listings sold, another M Coupe has come to our attention from our friends over at Rare Sport Bikes For Sale. This M Coupe is an earlier model with the S52 motor and has a shade under 90,000 miles. On offer in Salem, Oregon, it certainly is an eye catcher in Imola Red with the interior trimmed in black and red leather.

Year: 2000
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 89,888
Price: $17,500 Firm

2000 BMW M Coupe on BMW CCA Puget Sound

2000 BMW Z3 M-Coupe.
89,888 miles.
Imola Red on Black/Red interior.
Clean Title

This car is bone stock with the exception of head light bulbs. It has the moonroof option. This is a 3-owner car that has been loved and driven with care. It has never been tracked or auto-crossed. The car runs and drives very well. Always had regular oil changes. Has been primarily driven as a summer vehicle for the past four years. It spent the winters garaged. Asking $21,500 OBO. Car is located in Salem, Oregon.

72,251mi- Water Pump (metal impeller), Thermostat Housing, Drive Belts
74,223mi- Stainless Steel Clutch Line, Fuel Filter, Brake Fluid
83,009mi- Drive Shaft Flex Joint (Guibo), Output Shaft Seal, Shift Rod Seal
83,771mi- P/S Hose, P/S Return Hose, P/S Reservoir, P/S Fluid
Bentley Manual included with sale.

The airbag light is on because it needs a driver’s seat belt tensioner assembly. Also, the front bumper cover is not original due to a low speed accident that happened four year ago. Because of this, the front end is virtually free of rock chips aside from one small chip from a parking curb (see photo). There is some curb rash on the wheels.

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The S52 powered M Coupe offers similar thrills for a lot less cash than the M Coupe equipped with the more powerful S54 engine. This particular car has gone through three owners and is closing in on 100,000, but its condition attests to the fact that it was owned by people who appreciated it. These M Coupes are heading the way of the E30 M3 in terms of value, as enthusiasts have recognized them for the outstanding performers that they are. For those on the fence, now is an opportune time to pull the trigger.


1998 BMW M Roadster

We’ve given a lot of attention to the E36/8 BMW M Coupe over the past few months, but its open roofed sibling should not be overlooked. While the BMW Z3 might be viewed as a bit of a hairdressers car, when the boffins over at BMW Motorsport were done with it, it could be considered anything but. Redesigned front and rear bumpers, wider rear fenders, a revised trunk lid, modified side gills and a more aggressive wheel and tire package separated the car visually. Under the hood was the familiar S52 3.2 liter inline six capable of 240 horsepower, fifty more horsepower than the Z3 with the 2.8 liter inline six offered. Later on in the production run, the S54 3.2 liter inline six would appear, giving this little beast a power output of 315 horsepower. Big numbers for such a diminutive package.

This M Roadster painted in the ever popular Estoril Blue is for sale in Florida and has traveled but 28,000 miles.

Year: 1998
Model: M Roadster
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 28,000 mi
Price: $21,500

1998 BMW M Roadster on eBay

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Fantastic BMW M Roadster. This is a one owner super clean original paint, no accident, complete M Roadster. Just serviced and needs noting.

Prices for M Coupes in good condition with reasonable mileage are averaging in the low to mid $20,000 range. A fixed roof car will more often than not be more attractive to hardcore enthusiasts and those who attend track days, but for most, an M Roadster will provide similar levels of fun for less money. While the seller’s description of the car is lacking, if this car is as nice as it appears, the price isn’t too far off, though most S52 engined M Roadsters with under 45,000 miles these days trade hands for between $15,000 and $20,000.


2001 BMW M Coupe – REVISIT

The price on the 2001 BMW M Coupe we featured last month has been lowered to $29,000. Inquire with the owner and fellow GCFSB reader Tony; his contact information is listed below.

2001 BMW M Coupe on BimmerForums – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site January 26, 2013:

Of all the cars to be introduced in the last fifteen years, one of my favorites has to be the BMW M Coupe. My fellow contributor Brian recants the line from Talledega Nights from time to time – “I wanna go fast.” Well, if ever there was a car to do it in, this is it. Towards the end of the M Coupe production run, the S54 3.2 liter inline six took over the duty of motivating this speedy little car, with horsepower at 315. These cars are fast becoming the modern day E30 M3, with values increasing accordingly. This M Coupe for sale in Georgia comes to us from our reader Tony.

Year: 2001
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 67,000 mi
Price: $29,000

2001 BMW M Coupe on BimmerForums

2001 BMW M Coupe 333hp S54 Motor, Imola Red on Black Nappa Interior, 1 of 18 built. 66.5k miles. If you are looking at this, you know what this car is. I am the 3rd adult owner. This car is excellent condition both inside and out. Car is located in Atlanta. Asking $31,000



H&R Sport Springs and Bilstein Sport Shocks (original springs and shocks included)
Adjustable Camber Front Plates
Spacers 12.5mm front 12mm rear with extended wheel bolts
Sony head unit with aux input. Was installed without cutting any wires(Working original CD43 included)
Grom Aux input for factory head unit
PFC Blue Front Brake Pads (70% left), Porterfield R4S rear
Stainless Brake Lines and ATE Blue fluid (recently flushed)
Custom Performance Tune from Technica Motorsports, greatly improves throttle response and hp
ABS Slplitters in front and Diffuser in Rear (can be removed)
Euro Clear front blinkers
Leather Z door armrest pads (much more comfortable)
BWM front rock guards, rear magnetic ones
Remote Keyless entry

Maintenance in last 10k miles

New Fuel Filter
New ABS\DSC Module (original failed)
Recent Oil Change (BWM TWS) less than 1k ago
Seat Bushing fix
Glove Box Sag Fix
Window tracks properly greased
Amsoil MTF Fluid, shifts nicely into first gear
Michelin PS2 Tires 225/45/17 Fronts 50% remaining 255/40/17 Rear less than 1k miles on them
New Serpentine Belt with New Belt Tensioner(all 3)
New Spark plugs (oem)
Front trainling arm bushings (oem replacements)
Rogue Engineering Rear Shock Mounts
New hood and tailgate shocks
New mstripes on all exterior badges (not faded like many are)

The Good

Recent full clay\polish\wax. Paint has incredible shine to it
No Door Dings!
Interior shows virutally no wear, Drivers seat bolster in excellent condition
Car is very fast and handles amazingly well (as it should)
Brakes have a great feel to them, stops on a dime
Greatly improved linear throttle response due to custom tune
Chrome line lighted shift knob, fancy ebay m pedals
Comes with barely used coupe specific car cover
Passed Emissions 12/12 (no problems with o2 sensors)
Car has won 2 1st in class in the Peachtree CCA Concours
All rubber moldings in like new condition

The Bad

Crack in front bumper (see pics)
The usual rock chips. All filled in and not noticeable unless you get right up on them
Wheels have the usual amount of scratches, recently clayed and show very well.
Floor mats look to be original, in decent shape, have been kept clean

Over 70 photos here……coupe/library/

I wouldn’t consider the M Coupe as a future classic, as I think we’ve already arrived at classic status. Built in small numbers, power and performance to blow your mind and looks only a mother could love are just part of where the intriguing story begins. These M Coupes also act as a bridge between the BMWs of yore and those currently offered, it has enough simplicity to please the most hardcore enthusiasts but offers modern day mega performance. Good luck with the sale, Tony!


1999 BMW M Coupe

It seems that the BMW M Coupe is fast becoming the next E30 M3, a modern classic that is increasingly on the enthusiast’s radar. With greater notoriety comes higher prices, and some of the later, lower mileage M Coupes have been pushing towards the $30,000 mark. The higher priced examples are usually the 2001-02 models with the 315 horsepower S54 engine. Earlier models with the 240 horsepower S52 engine can be had slightly cheaper. This earlier ’99 M Coupe with the S52 engine for sale in California has a reasonable amount of mileage on the clock for its age and still represents a quick way to get around the autocross course. Or across town on the daily commute, if you’re so inclined.

Year: 1999
Model: M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 77,200
Price: $18,900 Buy It Now

1999 BMW M Coupe on eBay

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Rare 1999 BMW M Coupe! Finished in “cosmosshwarz-metallic” over tan leather hides, this modern day collectible classic M Coupe has been driven just over 77,000 miles since purchased new 13 years ago. It sports the 240 horsepower 3.2 liter inline six cylinder engine mated to the 5 speed manual transmission. It features dual front and side air bags, traction control, heated electric leather seats, tilting glass moonroof, air conditioning, cruise control, short shift kit, cross-drilled rotors and 17″ staggered size factory alloy wheels. It is being sold with a clear and clean California title, perfect Carfax report and is being sold with a 3,000 mile/90 day powertrain warranty!

As I hope is articulated in the many photos here, the body and trim of this 1999 BMW are in very good to excellent original condition overall! There are a few expected light blemishes and scratches befitting a low-mileage example as this. There is some light curb rash on two of the wheels which all have excellent Continental tires.

The interior of this M Coupe is in excellent condition overall. There is some light wear on the side panel of the drivers seat, a barely noticeable 1/2″ crack in the center console plastic, the airbag light is on [driver side lower seat buckle]. All gauges and controls including blinkers, lights, cold A/C and stereo work as they should. This is a very nice cockpit!

This 1999 M COUPE starts, runs and drives very well! The engine has excellent power with excellent willing free-revving M-powered accelleration [i believ the 0-60 time is 5.4 seconds], the transmission up and downshifts perfectly and the steering is very tight and responsive. The braking is strong and straight with excellent pedal feel and the stock suspension is very tight free of any clunks or rattles. This one very fun and superbly satisfying car to drive!

This M Coupe is certainly priced well within the range of what these cars are attaining value wise. While it isn’t the more desirable S54 motored M Coupe, 240 horsepower is nothing to sneeze at in such a small car. This M Coupe still has plenty of thrills to offer even with the less powerful engine. If a deal could be cut somewhere between $15,000 to $17,000, I would consider this car well bought.


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.