1999 BMW M Coupe

When looking for a fun driver, where do you draw the spending line to get what you want? All of us want a one owner, perfectly maintained example that has been in a heated garage, fed only foie gras and caviar with zero miles. Ironically, though, when cars like that come up for sale the majority of people feel these perfect examples are well overpriced. As such, most of us look for the best example that we can afford. However, are there are times when you can back your expectation level down and accept a slightly more dubious car for a discount? Today’s M Coupe may be a good example of that. A S52 1999 model in Estoril Blue, this M is about to change hands for the fifth time and was in an accident early in its life. Consequently, the asking price is lower than most of the M Coupe market by a notable amount. Would you bite?

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2002 BMW M3


If there’s one thing that I really love it’s rare colors of already unique cars. I’m not even sure why the rare colors appeal to me so much, but I just love seeing neat German rides in something other than silver, white or black. In the case of the E46 M3, that means my favorite by far is Phoenix Yellow, but that’s not the most rare color on E46 M3s. No, there were some individuals who decided that the color pallet offered by BMW just wasn’t enough; this particular M3 was specified by the owner in the E36 shade of Estoril Blue. Original idea? Well, not really, but boy the results are good. Take a look at this Easter Egg:


Year: 2002
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed SMG automatic
Mileage: 77,021 mi
Price: $17,500 Buy It Now




Why you would go through the effort of buying the beautiful BBS CSL 19″ wheels and painting them dirty is beyond me, but like so many other things, it’s not all about me. I’d immediately refinish those gems back to the original silver as I think it would fit the car a little better. This car was mildly modified with exhaust and some blackouts, and looks to have Alcantara seats. Luckily for my bank account, it also has the SMG transmission which rules it out of ownership for me, but if you’re interested in a track ride this could be a good deal. At $17,500 with 77,000 miles it seems pretty appropriately priced and would set you apart from the rest of the E46 M3 crowd!


Red or Blue Pill? 1999 BMW Z M Roadster and 2000 BMW Z M Coupe


Want to have a lot of fun in an affordable package? Who doesn’t! Want that affordable package to be a future collectable, too? Well, the field narrows substantially from what you can choose from. There are a select few Volkswagens and Audis that fit the bill, and nearly every 911 fits the bill. But if you prefer what the engineers from BMW’s M division cook up, there are several options in the mid-teens right now. For around $15,000, you can have one of the most pristine E36 M3s, a mid-range E28 M5, a budget E39 M5, and even some decent E46 M3s. But if all of those are a bit too…serious…for you, the best answer may be to look at the Z M Roadster and M Coupe. The /7 and /8 cars are a hoot to drive, offer unique packages in both convertible and coupe guise, and seem to be on the upward swing of collectability. They also offered some of the neatest color packages available on Ms with color matched interior. Today I’ve got one of each; an Estoril Blue with Estoril leather Roadster and an Imola Red with Imola leather Coupe. Let’s start with the Roadster:


Year: 1999
Model: Z M Roadster
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 115,901 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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BMW M Roadster:
– Estoril Blue Metallic
– Estoril Blue Leather/Black interior w/aLL M markers
– 115901 miles
– 3.2 liter engine, 240 HP
– 5-speed manual trans.
– 19/26 mpg
– 15,000 M-Roadsters made compared to 300,000 Z3s. Fun! Fast! Beautiful car! Runs great. Love this car — so will you.

To me, the most interesting part of this car isn’t mentioned in the advertisement – it comes with a factory color-matched hardtop. Racers seek these hardtops out and they’re a little more rare to see. Estoril is a great color that really makes the M pop, especially with those great wheels. Miles are around average for the age, but as this is coming from a second-hand dealer I’d suspect maintenance records to be scarce. Despite this it looks pretty clean, the leather looks reasonably well kept, and I love that it’s got a hardtop. What an even bigger hardtop?


I have a secret love affair with Imola/Imola Z M Coupes; the first Z I drove was exactly like this. It’s a great package, sort of like a 240hp RWD first gen new Mini. There’s space in the back and that shooting brake look is so aggressive hunkered down with those rear flares. I think the Imola/Imola Coupe is probably the most desirable combination available on these cars; while I like the Evergreen a tad bit more the green leather is just a bit too much for my taste:


Year: 2000
Model: Z M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed
Mileage: 91,500 mi
Price: $14,000 Buy It Now

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2000 BMW MCoupe in excellent condition. Looks and drives great. Purchased it in July 2011 with a rebuilt title (single car accident). There are no current issues with the car. During the time I owned it, it has always been garaged and properly maintained. It was my second car, only 4K were put on it in the period of last two years. New Conti tires with only 1.5 K on them. Two tone red/black leather interior in excellent shape.
I have moved to NYC and could not bring the car along, currently is stored at a friend’s house, if interested please contact to arrange viewing.

Slightly less miles than the roadster, but with a salvage title. If I was looking for long term investment, obviously this wouldn’t be your best bet – but if I was looking for a driver, as long as everything checked out and was repaired properly, the salvage title wouldn’t scare me away. I have to say that I think both of these cars are big winners in their own way – if you want an occasional track, autocross or fun rally car, both fit the bill because the of the hardtop on the Roadster. Were it my money, I think I’d jump into the Coupe provided a tech inspection didn’t reveal any shoddy work, but boy that Estoril looks neat with the hard top!

Which would you buy?


How Do You Take Your Estoril?

Estoril is regarded as one of the best blues ever produced, and while a similar shade has recently appeared on Mercedes, it will forever be a distinctly BMW color for me. I was first struck by this blue when it appeared on the first BMW M car I ever drove, a friend’s E36 M3 sedan. It later appeared on the BMW M Coupes and Roadsters and the X5, creating the best-looking examples of all.

No surprise, then, that my first Estoril car is an E36 M3. Unfortunately this example comes with the diminishing automatic, but it’s in great condition after just 75k miles. If you don’t have the use of your left leg, it’d be a great car. Low-mileage examples of the fantastically-handling but least-extreme M3 are holding strong in the mid-teens, making it a great performance bargain.

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Year: 1998
Model: M3 Sedan
Engine: S52 3.2L inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 75,000
Price: $14,495

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Up for auction is a Beautiful Low mileage1998 BMW M3. This is one of the nicest E36 M3’s I have ever seen. It is a One-Owner car that has been babied its whole life. The car was originally sold at Motorwerks BMW of Bloomington, MN. The original owners then moved to Scottsdale, AZ in 2002 where the car remained since. It was owned by an older couple who drove the car sparingly and always garaged it. It is bone stock and has never been modified! Its on overall Excellent condition and now it is looking a second owner to love and care for it!



3.2L Inline 6 Cylinder Engine 240hp
5 Speed Automatic Transmission
4 Wheel Anti-Lock Disc Brakes
Variable Assist Power Steering
Cruise Control
17″ M-Contour light alloy wheels
Electric Sunroof
Power and Heated Front Seats
Fold Down Rear Seats
Harmon Kardon Sound
BMW Anti-Theft Alarm w/ Keyless entry
On Board Computer
Dual Front Airbags
Power windows
Fog Lights


The exterior of this M3 is in excellent condition. The body is laser straight and there are no dents or dings. The Estoril Blue Metallic paint is in excellent shape. No major chipping or scratches. All of the trim and lights still look like new. This M3 is Carfax certified to have never been in an accident. The car looks just as nice as the pictures show!

The interior is in excellent condition as well. The Gray Leather seats are soft and supple. They are in amazing shape! There are no tears, rips, or deep wear lines anywhere. The carpet is in great condition. The door panels, trim panels and dashboard are all very nice and have no cracks. The headliner is perfect! All of the electrical equipment in the car works as it should (Windows, locks, sun roof, stereo, OBC, lights, etc). The A/C blows cold. The trunk compartment is in very nice shape. All of the original tools and spare tire are there!

Overall the cosmetic condition of the car is excellent. You would never know this car is 15 years old!



This M3 is in excellent mechanical condition. We have inspected and test driven the vehicle over 100 miles and have found no major mechanical problems. The engine starts right up and runs very strong. The transmission shifts smooth as it should. It was just replaced with a rebuilt transmission less than 500 miles ago! The car does not leak anything. This Beemer runs and drives like it should for having only 75k miles! I just had new BF Goodrich G-Force Comp 2 tires installed. The previous owner cared for the car meticulously. The car has ALL the service records since new! Here are some recent highlights:

44k Inspection 2, Drive Belts, Power Steering Flush, Coolant Flush, Fuel Injection Flush
53k Camshaft Position Sensor
55k New A/C Compressor, Oil and Filter Change, Wipers
58k Oil and Filter Change, Air Filter
62k New Front Brakes and Rotors, Brake Flush, New Battery, Oil and Filter Change
66k Oil and filter Change, Thermostat, Coolant Flush, New Power steering lines and flush.
70k Oil and Filter Change
75k New Transmission, New Tires, New Windshield, New Floormats

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Next up, we have one of my favorite BMWs ever, the Z3-based BMW M Coupe. This earlier 1999 model shares the smooth (if Euro-jealous) 240hp S52 inline-6. In addition to the epic clownshoe shape, they came in Estoril, cementing their place as an oddly-gorgeous classic. This example has just barely cracked 100k miles and features a matching interior. That leather isn’t my favorite choice, and neither are the unnecessary wheel spacers, but with no-reserve and lacking the highly sought-after and more expensive S54, this could be a great snag.

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Year: 1999
Model: M Coupe
Engine: S52 3.2l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 102,500
Price: No-reserve auction

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I have forsale this 1999 BMW Z3 M Coupe in Estoril blue over blue / black interior. This is a rare find with only 118 built in 99 with these options in this color. The M coupe is an outstanding car to drive. Handles like its on rails. Lots of character in a unique, timeless “clown shoe” style. This car features a S52 straight six delivering 240 bhp through a 5 speed manual transmission. This car has been very well maintained with lots of recent maintenance listed below and with 101k miles its in great shape. The exterior is clean and straight with a stunning blue / black interior with minimal wear with just minor wear on the drivers bolster. Give me a call with any questions Max Mudarri 206-518-1612 Upgrades: Super Sprint exhaust H&R Sport springs Bilstein Sports Angel eye, HID headlights Rear wiper delete Chrome Z8 windshield washer nozzles 12mm spacers all around Whalen Shift Machine knob SuperSprint exhaust with Magnum tips New: Front tires Ignition Bilstein sport shocks Thermostat Spark plugs Belts ac and serpentine Tie rod ends inner and outer and alignment Oil change less then 500 miles ago Coolant

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Lastly, we have a car produced decades before Estoril began beautifying the streets, the classic 2002. A well done restoration with some subtle liberties taken, it’s a truly striking little car. Bidding is starting at a reasonable level, but with the reserve still on it’s tough to determine how much of the claimed $25k in receipt the seller expects back.

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Year: 1974
Model: 2002
Engine: 2.0l inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 8,500
Price: Reserve-on auction

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1974 BMW 2002 Resto-Mod in Estoril Blue, with beige interior.
An E36 color that is stunning with many new automotive components listed below, along with original window sticker and many records/receipts.
The refresh paint was professionally done in 2009, still looking new. The car was originally transported to Arthur Allen Imports in Riverside, CA. Code number 2213 then spent most of its life in Arizona.
Receipts totaling over $25,000.

Below is a list of the major items done:

– Engine rebuilt with Schrick Cam 292, rod bearings, main bearings, cam gear, crank gear, timing chain guide, tensioner, water pump, oil pump, clutch, head gasket, belts. fuel regulator, new gasket etc.
– New Weber Dual side draft 45 DCO
– 5 Speed conversion, IE (Ireland Engineering) driveshaft, clutch line
– Euro front and rear chrome bumpers
– New Petronix ignition (push button start)
– Rear Disc brakes – all new including fronts
– Stainless steel brake lines
– New IE Stage 1 springs
– New Bilstein HD front and rear
– New Ireland Engineering front & rear sway bars and end links.
– New urethane steering coupler
– New left, center and right control arms
– Top end performance front and rear brace
– New headers by Stahl
– New Ansa sport muffler
– New ID Front airdam
– New floor carpet and padding – Color Saddle
– Dynamated the entire floorboard, front and rear panels and door panels.
– New front door panels (no speaker holes!!!)
– New clear plastic door backing to prevent water coming through.
– New weather seals throughout.
– New door seals
– Re-done rear deck compartment
– Engine compartment seal
– New front windshield, gasket and chrome beads
– New rear gasket and chrome beads
– New rear side window seals
– New drain tubing F/R
– New factory style headliner
– Re-upholstered front seats
– New rear side markers, tail lights, License Plate and new headlights.
– New front Euro Turn signals
– New Hella driving lights
– New turn signal and turn TS ring
– Powder coated valve cover
– New pedal pad insulation inner and brake clutch
– Solid strut towers
– Solid floor
– New Rota Minilite 15-inch wheels with Yokohama S-Drive tires 195-50R15
– New OE side skirts
– New instrument clusters – All three pods
– New custom cluster surround
– Momo steering wheel and shifter
– New seat belts and new locking
– Custom center console with Alpine CD/iPod, clock, engine start and new shifter boot
– New Alpine amplifier, 6×9 MB-Quarts speaker, JL Audio Sub. All in the trunk.
– New redone trunk carpet
– Charcoal canister
– Solid trunk
– New gas cap with BMW logo
– NO A/C – Everything was removed
– New battery purchased 08/21/13.
– Last oil change 07/20/13 with Castrol 20W50
– New custom hand-brake leather boot & handle with carbon fiber look.
– Dash panel has a few cracks but covered by a new molded Dashtop cover by Palco made specifically for 02 model.
– Evolution Car Cover (grey) with BMW ROUNDEL LOGO in the front.
– Only driven in sunny days, stored winter months.
– 2 sets of keys with master
Pleasure driven only on sunny days. No rain, never smoked in, always garaged, no track, race nor abused. This is my third 2002 but this is the nicest one I have owned to date. Highway speeds are effortless with the 5-speed, lane changes are super tight, brakes are fantastic, handling like a go-cart! Super fun! It is smooth, quiet, feels very solid! The driver seat will recline when using the bottom left recliner (the toggle on the side of the seat does not recline). As many of you know, the modifications are endless on these cars. There are 3 tiny paint bubbles (size of a dime) below the rear window.

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1998 BMW M3 Sedan for sale

As I’ve said before, the E36 and I go way back and they always strike a chord in my heart. Especially when it’s a sedan, and especially when it’s Estoril Blue. So blah blah blah, one of the best handling cars of the 90s, 240hp inline-6 that sings, yeah yeah. These cars are just dead sexy, end of story.

This 1998 sedan on eBay is painfully similar to the M3 that gave me my first taste of speed, down to the unparalleled Estoril/Magma combo and M Double Spoke IIs.

The lights and M3 Lightweight vinyl wouldn’t have been top priorities for me, but I don’t hate them.  Mostly this looks like a nice stock M3, devoid of the overblown modifications or packed-on miles that plague many E36s.  The interior isn’t top-notch, and it’s a shame to see those great Magma seats scarred up.  Also, can’t NOT mention the salvage title, but it seems well-explained and properly taken care of.

Bottom line:  This is an imperfect example of one of my perfect cars, and it could end up being a great deal with bidding starting at about $7k.  Just remember how much fun these cars are and ask yourself if ~$10k is worth it.  I think so.