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…

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!


2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe

The Z3-based BMW M Coupe is fast becoming the new E30 M3 with performance enthusiasts and folks longing for the simpler days at BMW. The car which succeeded it in 2006 hasn’t quite grabbed the attention of the discerning collector, as it was only sold for two years in more limited numbers than its predecessor: 1,815 units in all. The S54 3.2 liter inline six was back for another appearance, delivering 330 horsepower at a high-revving 7900 rpm.

This Z4 M Coupe for sale in Mississippi looks rather tame in light metallic gray, but rest assured, it packs a hefty punch.

Year: 2007
Model: Z4 M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 45,404
Price: $24,567 starting bid – no reserve auction

2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe on eBay

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The “ZED” 4 M: Reviewed on more than one occasion by BBC’s Top Gear and many other televised enthusiasts. Playboy’s 2007 car of the year: a BMW Z4M Coupe. Boasts a 3.2 liter, 330-hp high-performance in-line six cylinder with a six-speed shifter.

From Engine Technology International, the S54 engine residing within its chassis won the International Engine of the Year award upon its introduction in 2001 as well as winning the 3.0 to 4.0 liter category for six consecutive years between 2001 and 2006.

Forbes mentions the 2007 Z4 M Coupe as a two-seater, it accelerates from zero to 60 in less than 4.9 seconds and boasts a 6-cylinder, 3.2-liter engine. Rounded fenders and flat rear glass add a touch of class that received Consumer Reports’ highest-possible rating for accident-avoidance capabilities and a substantially better-than-average frequency of insurance injury-claim filings, according to the HLDI.

Comes with free lifetime satellite radio! Looking for a car that’s sexy, dependable and safe, then you’ve found the one.

The mid $20,000 range seems to be about where most of these Z4M coupes in decent shape are hovering, which is a little less expensive than some mint Z3 M Coupes we’ve seen here at GCFSB of late. Both Z3 and Z4 M Coupes have styling that is a bit polarizing, but I happen to like both cars, as they stay true to the basic formula yet are distinctive enough from each other. While the opening bid doesn’t leave a lot of room to go north, I’d suspect this car will sell. With limited production and a unique, no-nonesense performance formula, these Z4 M Coupes will more than likely be the next collectible BMW classic.


2002 BMW M Coupe

From time to time, a car manufacturer will take a chance and make something based purely on emotion rather than agonize over what the focus groups and the bean counters are saying. Case in point, the BMW M Coupe. While the engineers in charge of the project had a hard time convincing the brass at BMW to green light it, it was eventually given the go. At first, the M Coupe was derided for its unusual looks and sales were slow in comparison to the M3. Those cars destined for the US market received the S52 3.2 liter inline six cylinder engine, but in 2001, BMW upped the ante and offered the S54 engine, which churned out 315 horsepower in US trim.

The M Coupe with the S54 engine was offered only in 2001 and 2002, with only 690 produced for the US. As a result of the low production numbers, these pocket rockets are highly valued today and are recognized by enthusiasts as a sports car that offers little compromise for those who simply want to go fast. This Estoril Blue M Coupe has under 40,000 miles on the clock and is for sale in Cincinnati.

2002 BMW M Coupe on AutoTrader

Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue/Black Leather Interior, Original, Stock, S54 M-Coupe! Fully Optioned from the factory including In-Dash CD43 Business Class CD Player, Harmon Kardon Audio, Heated Seats, Flip-up Power Moonroof, Power Seats, Power Windows and Power Door Locks. The interior and exterior condition of this car is fantastic! This car has resided in Texas and then the Pacific Northwest and has never seen inclement weather. A Complete Car with Four Keys, Two BMW Remote Keyless Entry Fobs, All Books and Manuals. 100% Stock Car except for a LeatherZ Armrest and Clear Corner Lenses. Clean Vehicle History Report with No Accidents, Incidents or Issues. Two Adult Owners, Non-Smoker. Please Call or email to obtain a Pre-Purchase Inspection Report, Build Sheet, Condition Related Details, Vehicle History and 50+ Detailed Photos.

When I saw this ad, I was rather stunned by the asking price of over $30,000. Just this summer, I remember seeing an S54 M Coupe for sale in New York with 53,000 miles for $22,500. Six months later, has the market for these cars taken off? I tend to doubt it. Of all the BMWs produced since the E30 M3, I would wager to say the M Coupe with the S54 engine has the greatest chance of becoming a future classic. But right now, I would hasten to say this car is priced a bit ahead of the curve.


2001 M Coupe For Sale in Virginia

Update: 2.9.2011 From the comments the current owner is noting the care is now available again:

The care is available for sale again in California. Now has 33,500 miles. Time for me to pass it along to the next enthusiast. Always garaged, detailed, still excellent condition, stock suspension still available, Sirius/XM added, 4 additional rims mounted with Kumho Ecstas. $31,000. Contact me at tstiegler@cooley.com

Originally posted January 2009

The 2001 BMW M Coupe is the first year to get the fantastic S54 engine that’s shared with the e46 M3. This is the first one I’ve seen listed for sale below $25k.


quote from seller’s listing:

Sadly the coupe has to go. 2001 M Coupe, S54 Engine, 315 HP, Titanium Silver, Black and Red interior. 27,xxx miles, new Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3’s on stock wheels, DA Koni’s / TCKline Springs and Camber Plates, Strong Strut Front and Butt Strut, Rogue Engineering Rear Shock Mounts, Front Sway Bar, B&B Stainless Exhaust, Fosgate head unit with removable faceplate, Hawk HPS pads. Stock springs, struts and front sway bar included. Dealer maintained and serviced

27k miles and an asking of $24k? What could possibly be wrong with this car? I like all the modifications, but they do tend to devalue a car in the eyes of enthusiast buyers. And it also has that terrible two tone interior, red and black leather. But at this price, I’d consider it a bargain purchase and have the leather dyed!