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

Click for more details: 1998 BMW M3 Sedan for sale on eBay

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OVERVIEW:

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!

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EQUIPMENT:

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
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COSMETICS:

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!

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MECHANICAL:

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

Click for more details: 1999 BMW M Coupe for sale on eBay

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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

Click for more details: 1974 BMW 2002 for sale on eBay

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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
– LSD
– 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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-NR

1993 BMW M3 Sedan Widebody & Supercharged

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Usually when I see E36 widebodies I scroll on as quickly as possible. They always look like they’re trying too hard and that it would have been cooler with more restraint. Today’s E36 is trying pretty hard, but it’s on one of my favorite modern Bimmers, the E36 M3 Sedan. It backs up the fat arches with a built S50 and a supercharger, developing plenty of twist to spin the fat meats on the back.

Year: 1993
Model: M3 Sedan
Engine: 3.0L supercharged inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 66k on body, 1k on engine
Price: Bidding at $12,900 with no reserve

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 BMW M3 Sedan widebody and supercharged on eBay

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Fully built, boosted, supercharged M3 motor with 1,000 miles
RMS supercharger
Shell has 66,000 miles, 4 door
Custom wide body kit by Reager
Deep dish, staggered, 18 inch gold rims by MK Motorsport
225/40R18 tires on the front and 285/30R18 tires on the rear
Brembo breaks on the front and rear of the car
Rear of the car was converted into European M3 style
Shaved door handles on back doors
Shaved engine bay
Inner cooled
Top mount heat exchanger
Euro oil pan
All chassis components have been replaced and improved
JE pistons and powder rods
Aluminum flywheel
Stage 3 South Bend clutch
Custom dual exhaust by Flowmaster
Electronic climate control
Full M3 interior
Moon roof
Evo 9 Recaro SSL leather seats
Harness bar, 4-point harness seat belts, detachable steering wheel all by Sparco
Touch screen, flip up DVD player with reverse camera
Car has no dents, no scratches, it is a must see
Appeared in Performance BMW Magzine under the title Hale Cesar.

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I like the idea of a widebody sedan, and if it were my car, I’d let the fenders speak for themselves and go OEM+ with the wheels and bumpers. But for now, it’s a unique take on the tuner M3 that would be a ton of fun for the money if it stays under $15k.

-NR

One-owner 1997 BMW M3 Sedan

Search “E36 M3 Sedan” on this site and you’ll find plenty of articles where I wax nostalgic about my friend’s Estoril Blue dream machine, so I’ll keep the shoulda-woulda-coulda memories to myself. The bottom line is that the M3 sedan is hands-down the best looking model from the E36 generation. The 4-door proportions combined with the sharper M bodywork completely work, gracefully combining aggression and class, speed and subtlety. I tend to ignore automatics as the 5-speed is pure heaven, which is luckily how today’s clean one-owner example comes. Silver on white/grey is clean if a little subdued. With the E30 M3 getting even more press than usual, this is a bold reminder of what an amazing value the E36 M3 is.

Year: 1997
Model: M3 Sedan
Engine: S50B32 3.2L Inline-6 (240hp)
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Mileage: 75,000
Price: $7,100 with 2 days left on auction

1997 BMW M3 for sale on eBay

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1997 BMW M3 4 DOOR SEDAN 5 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION 75K MILES ONE OWNER CAR!!!

Up for sale 1997 BMW M3 in pristine condition, it has 75K mi only. Fast and reliable. Rare 5 speed manual transmission 4 door sedan with silver exterior and two tones interior grey and white .
3.2L 6 cylinder engine, manual transmission. 240 horse power. Super clean inside and outside the only issue clear pill fell out on the rims. We took this car in trade and drove for about 100 miles, drives like new very smooth, no noises, warning lights etc. Has aftermarket ASA rims with 4 new Michelin Pilot tires. We have a clear Carfax report on it and can email it by request.
Features :
Airbag: Driver
Airbag: Passenger
Airbag: Side
Anti-Lock Brakes
Bucket Seats
Climat control
6 diskCD Changer
Radio
Cruise Control
Fog Lights
Leather Interior
Power Locks
Power Mirrors
Power Steering
Power Windows
Premium Sound
Rear Window Defroster
Sunroof/Moonroof
and more

There’s a little interior wear, while the stock wheels or some nice BBSs and removing the spoiler would make this much cleaner. The good bits are there with what appears to be a very well cared for E36, low mileage and one owner. $7,100 right now is an absolute steal, and just over half of what E36 M3s in this condition have gone for. Anything below $14k is a fair price for this M3, making me think I should join in the bidding!

-NR

1998 BMW M3 Sedan

The E36 M3 sedan is my favorite version of this hot BMW. I’ve driven several, both with the 5-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Tight suspension, practicality and a punchy inline six made for a very attractive package. Obviously the 5-speed was the more entertaining drive of the pair, as it gave better access to the entire powerband. As successive generations of M3s have been released, I still prefer the E36 M3 sedan over all that succeeded it. This M3 for sale in Atlanta has low mileage but unfortunately has two pedals. I guess you can’t always get what you want…

1998 BMW M3 Sedan on eBay

This car is perfect and I’m willing to prove it. Make an appointment with any local to me mechanic and I will take it there to get it checked, at your cost.

Private seller and second owner. 1998 BMW M3, Arctic Silver paint over Dove gray interior, with automatic transmission. The car has 30,739 miles and it in near perfect condition. Wheels are perfect with no curb marks at all. Paint is 99% with just a couple tiny rock chips on the front bumper. The interior is also all original and looks great with minimal wear, I’ve never seen 15 year old BMW seats that look this good. It has never had any kind of body work or paint done on it at all everything is original and close to perfect. This BMW has never been modified at all and spent it’s entire life in south Florida until last year when I took it to Atlanta GA. The first owner bought this car when he retired and put 26,000 mile on it in 14 years. I’ve had it for the last year and it has been perfect and trouble free. I just bought a 911 so this needs to go to a new home.

I have meticulously maintained this car and done tons of preventative maintenance including rebuilding all the brake calipers and changing discs and pads with OEM parts. I’ve also replaced all the weather stripping on the outside of the car with OEM replacement parts in the attempt to make this car as close to new as possible. It also has new tires with approximately 2500 miles on them and a 4 wheel alignment. I have never had any problems with this car and it starts up and runs like it is brand new. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I’ve always been baffled as to why someone would have bought an M car, even if it is a sedan, with an automatic transmission. If this car had a 5-speed, it certainly would be more valuable. As it stands, this might be a $10,000 or so car. If it had the 5-speed, it might be worth the asking price to the right buyer.

-Paul

1989 BMW 325ix with 62,000 miles

Beginning in the early 1980s, all wheel drive started trickling its way into a number of non off-road vehicles. Audi began to perfect their Quattro system, Mercedes-Benz introduced 4matic, and BMW tested the waters with their ix models. While the E34 5 series was offered with all wheel drive in certain markets, the US received the ix prefix in the form of the two or four door E30 325i.

The ix never took off sales wise in the US and they are quite a rare sight on the roads these days. I did see a few during the years I spent in Boston, which is where I assume a good number of these cars wound up. Amazingly, here’s one of the lowest mileage examples I’ve seen and it’s a relatively short drive from where I live.

1989 BMW 325ix on eBay

For sale is my 1989 BMW 325ix with 62,231 original miles (adult owned) that has been driven only 1000 miles in last 10 years.zinnoberrot (red) exterior with light gray interior. This is one of the nicest surviving 325ix you’ll find anywhere! if you are looking to buy an untouched e30 all wheel drive you are not going to find another one like this.

ENGINE

2.5 liter SOHC inline 6 cylinder. Maintenance is current, valves just adjusted. Runs great and strong without any issues.the car runs ,drives and look like a car with 60k miles.

TRANSMISSION

The automatic transmission shifts perfectly and is very smooth.

EXTERIOR

The body is in perfect condition with no scratches.the paint is all original and shines just like a new car.This car has never been in any kind of accident and has the vin tag on all of the body panels and has always been garaged and cared for .There are no rust in this vehicle and the car looks perfect.I’d rate the original paint on this car 9.5 out of 10.

INTERIOR

The interior is every bit as nice as the exterior. The original cloth seats have no sign of wear or tears and are in perfect condition. The carpet is free of spots & stains and is clean even under the seats. No french fries or coffee stains ! The dash is completely crack-free. The headliner is perfect and clean. This car has never been smoked in.

EQUIPMENT

All equipment and options work correctly including power windows, manual sunroof, door locks, mirrors, rear defrost,original BMW radio and power antenna also HEATED SEATS. The A/C also blows ice cold .the car comes with 4 original BMW mud flaps ,thule roof rack and original ski bag (never used)

WHEELS & TIRES

It has the original BMW cross-spoke 15″ wheels (including the spare) that are is perfect condition The tires are 205/55-15 with about 5 miles on them (I just install 4 brand new tires). I just replaced front shocks ,brakes all around and front rotors. Timing belt , water pump , A/C belt , alternator belt ,P/S belt , engine oil and coolant were replaced last week (almost zero miles on them). All wheel drive system is also in perfect working order just like everything else in the car.

With about two days to go, this E30 ix has yet to meet the reserve. Few ix models with such low miles exist, so I’d assume the seller is looking for around $10,000 or so. I’d say a more realistic figure might be around $8,000. If this particular car had the 5 speed manual, it might be a bit more desirable in the enthusiast’s eyes. Still, it’s a nice piece and provided the all wheel drive bits are in good working order as stated, it would be an inexpensive way to enjoy the Ultimate Driving Machine all year round.

-Paul

2006 Hartge H50 V10 E90 Sedan For Sale

Our friends at Turner Motorsports have an incredible 2006 Hartge H50 available for sale. Less than 10 worldwide and the ONLY one in the U.S.!

from the Turner website:

Started life as a 2006 US Spec 325i shipped to Germany.
Current Mileage: 24,532
Power: 550 hp @ 7750 rpm
Torque 391 lb-tq @ 6100 rpm
Weight 3676 lbs
0-60 4.3 seconds
Top Speed 200 mph

There is only 1 Hartge H50 in the United States. Less than 10 exsist worldwide.

The H50 conversion package costs roughly $220,000 (new E90 325i included) and takes 7-8 weeks to complete (not including shipping time to germany).

This car was built to be 100% legal in the United States. The HARTGE H50 Conversion is done at the highest quality of workmanship. All factory features are still functioning. This car has not been compromised in any way during its conversion. The OBD port and factory check engine lights function like stock.

“A 200-mph BMW 3 Series is one of those deviant cars that we’re just happy to see from time to time. The fact that this one is every bit as easy to live with as the slightly more upmarket M5 makes it the ultimate sleeper.” — Edmunds Inside Line

“Beyond such shenanigans, everyday use is absolutely not out of the question. Just leave DTC on and Power off. The default setting for the seven-speed SMG III (pulled also from the E60) shift rhythm, however, is always at Level Five. For me, this is great since I do that anyway in either the M5 or M6. You can tell Hartge that you don’t want full-time Level Five as the default, sure, but that would, in turn, make you a wuss.” — European Car

“On the plus side, the H50 has the practicality of a 3 Series, including four real seats, highway cruising capability and all the storage any human being could reasonably want from a 200-mph car. Hartge has dressed the interior with a new steering wheel and acres of carbon-fiber, although this is all optional. This 3,680-pound beast is effectively the M5 CSL-Lite that BMW says it simply cannot make.” –Edmunds Inside Line

Hartge Conversion Equipment Listing:

E60 M5 V10 Engine with all associated parts, radiator, modified wiring harness, modified headers, sports catalytic converters.

Own bespoke engine mapping including HARTGE modification of the top speed limit, 7 speed SMG gear box, special exhaust system, modified rear axle, rear differential with 0-100% LSD, modified drive shafts, modified underbody, modified gas tank system.

HARTGE stainless steel rear silencer with doubal oval tail pieces left and right
HARTGE coil over sports suspension 1.2 inches lower (30mm)
HARTGE front spoiler lip, HARTGE rear wing
HARTGE Carbon Mirror casings
HARTGE Carbon Fiber interior trim, dash, steering wheel
HARTGE instrument cluster consisting of 200 mph speedometer, tach 9000rpm
HARTGE Pedals & Floor Mats
HARTGE 15 x 1.3 inch cross drill floating rotors with 8 piston brake calipers front
HARTGE 13 x .09 inch cross drilled floating rotors with 4 piston calipers rear
HARTGE 9.0 x 20 front wheels offset 40 with 245/30/ZR20 Conti SC3 Tires
HARTGE 10.0 x 20 rear wheels offset 40 with 295/25/ZR20 Conti SC3 Tires
On-Dashboard indicator for gear box mode, gear indicator, power mode, oil temp, and water temp.
HARTGE Leather E-brake Handle
HARTGE hood and trunk Emblems

Price: $85,500

An amazing opportunity for a lucky buyer. Thanks for the heads up Jay and good luck with the sale!

dc

Low-mileage 2003 Audi RS6 for sale

Before Audi started RS-ifying every model it could, they had a tacit policy of only letting one model of RS out at a time, and rarely at that: first the venerable RS2 in 1994-1995, then the sexy RS4 in 2000-2001, then breaking the chain of Avants and Eurocentrism with the understated monster RS6 finally gracing our shores from 2002 to 2004. This was no quickened divorcee’s TT or beefed-up college student’s A3. While I am glad Audi is making those cars (it’s better than not), the RS6 comes from a purer time when hyper-powered civilian cars were the exception and not the rule and it, along with the E39 M5 and E55, terrified unsuspecting civilians. When I head back to the island I grew up on, I still take the long way home to see if the RS6 is parked outside that one house.

The ad is mainly dealer exclamation points and stats any good German car fan should know by heart, but the beauty is in the numbers. 450hp, 4.6 seconds 0-60, 56k miles, Buy-It-Now at $27.9k. 56k miles is pleasantly low for an 8 year-old driver’s car, and this would be one hell of a ride if you can snag it around $25k. It’s in the perfect hue of Daytona Gray Pearl, and while the white leather is slightly garish, I’d take it.

Just truly one of my favorite sedans ever made, and while the typical Audi maintenance will probably catch up with you, it’s still dangerously close to “affordable” in my book. I want it.

-NR

1997 BMW M3 sedan

It seems that when I’m looking around at E36 M3 sedans, a lot of them are equipped with automatic transmissions. Every time I spot a clean one with a 5 speed, it catches my eye. Like this one:

1997 BMW M3 sedan on Philadelphia Craigslist

The seller states:

1997 BMW M3 Sedan. 112,000 miles Silver exterior with Black leather interior.
Excellent condition 4 door with 5 speed transmission. Equipped with luxury package wood interior, power everything – seats with heat, windows, locks, cruise, on board computer and roof. The only options it does not have is the cd changer and alarm. M3 is all stock, absolutely no modifications have ever been done.

I bought this M3 more than 5 yrs ago when it had 92,000 miles on it from a family member. No issues with it at all, everything works perfectly. Well serviced and taken care of, oil changes and services regularly and extremely reliable. Immaculate paint and near perfect interior. I am asking $9.9k or reasonable offers – prices similar to those for sale in the area but in much better shape than what I have seen around. I am selling because I need to get an SUV, I just don’t drive it enough.

While any type of M car is a risk with over 100k miles, the seller seems rather honest in the description. Buying an SUV to replace this fine machine seems like heresy, however. This is a lot of car for $9,900, especially given that it was, in my opinion, one of the finest examples of a sport sedan ever to emerge from
Munich.

-Paul

Euro 1987 Alpina B6 2.7 for sale

I give the E30 M3 a lot of love for many reasons.  Foremost, it’s my Eleanor, the perfect car that I’d give up all others for.  Its racing pedigree and gorgeous homologated shape only add to that desire.  But I think one thing that allows the M3 to be held in such exceptional regard is that it’s based off the quintessential, and thus ubiquitous, cheap German sports car, the BMW 3-series.  The fact that E30 318s and 325s are such regulars in beater race series like 24 Hours of Lemons and Chumpcar highlights their quick, cheap, and omnipresent nature.  The fact that the M3 explodes all of the good things about the E30 and is so hard to get ahold of leaves it on a misty pedestal while the lesser E30s pass as mundane.

Automobiles such as this Alpina B6 can distract some 3-series attention from the M3.  From the same North Wales seller as the B9 3.5 Coupe recently featured, this 2.7L sedan puts out more power than an M3 and has it’s own eye-catching styling.

The car looks to be in great shape and has covered just over 80k miles.  The silver Alpina stripes look absolutely awesome on Alpinweiss, and if you’ve read this site much, you know how I feel about those wheels (lust).  I also like the fact that it’s a 4-door.  The massive front spoiler looks like it could use some support via some other body pieces on the sides and back, but the railroad look is cool in its own way, and I love the old black lip spoiler out back.  The seller says it’s quicker than an M3, which it may be in a straight line but I doubt it can match the M3’s homologated suspension bits in the twisties.  Even if the seller is to be believed, the $12.5k Buy-it-Now price is fast approaching M3 territory, to say nothing of the importation worries.  Enticing, but my money would still be drawn to the boxed fenders before the train scoop.

-NR

Impeccable, Individual E36 M3 Sedan for sale

A brief switch away from our Budget Theme Week to highlight an exceptional car recommended by reader/commenter Bob…

I believe I’ve recounted it before, but the E36 M3 Sedan was the first fast car I ever got to drive after receiving my license.  My best friend’s dad was a high-powered lawyer who lived modestly but loved his toys, hiding an Estoril Blue M3 4-door and 6 Ducatis behind his unassuming 2-car garage doors.  With carefully timed and worded requests, we were allowed to take it out on occasion and entered active car enthusiasm for the first time after years of reading and dreaming.  The car purred, growled, and clawed its way around the island we grew up on, and thus firmly planted itself in my automotive genetics.  It is essentially why I write for this blog.

Bob alerted us to this exceptional M for sale on eBay.  It’s covered a relatively low 73k miles and is claimed to be “shockingly nice.”  From the photos and description it looks it, an excerpt of which follows.

At EuroWerkz we have bought, sold, owned, maintained, built, modified, showed, and won with some of the nicest BMW M3’s in the country. We are 25+ year members of the BMW CCA. I am a long time member of the E30 SIG as well as an active member of several BMW forums and groups. We love BMW’s we know BMW’s and M3’s and this is one hell of a nice M3.

It took me over 2 years to buy this car from the prior owner and I have enjoyed it for a while so it’s time for the next more permanent owner to enjoy. We would really like to see this car go to a BMW enthusiast who can appreciate it and continue it’s over the top care and maintenance as I see this car as one that will represent the breed 10-20-30 years from now. If your looking for a track car candidate, please not this one. You don’t have a garage space? Please find another car. Live in a big city with sketchy parking? Well, you get the point. There are plenty of excellent condition M3’s out there. This car is just soooo… much nicer than that.

This car looks, runs, and drives like a 30k mile 3 year old M3. It is in fantastic condition for any age and mileage but it is a 12 year old car with just 73k miles. Quite honestly it is the nicest car I have for sale right now and that is saying quite a bit considering our spring inventory of European beauties. You can read below about it’s history, options, and maintenance. Call or e-mail me and we’ll talk about it all day if you want.

Sounds like they mean it!  The custom Calypso Red from BMW Individual is gorgeous and unique, though I’m still partial to Estoril.  I understand that it has been very well taken care of and they hold this car in extremely high regard, though I’m not quite sure why they are SO enthusiastic and think it deserves well over Blue Book.  At writing there’s 2 days left with bidding at $11,400 and reserve not met.  If it’s truly as nice as they claim, I’d say it deserves $15-17k.  Regardless of what forms their opinion, I’m certainly on board in hoping it goes to a true fan and enthusiast with the time and resources to keep it nice.

-NR