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LC61892 - Part 2: The Road Trip

2000 BMW M Coupe in Titanium Silver over Imola Red

One of my favorite parts of Projects Coupes is the great excuse for an M Coupe road trip. As I mentioned in my previous article, my wife got to join me for this trip. After saying our goodbyes to Rick and Lizete, Jenn and I hit the road. But instead of heading west to Colorado, we headed east. Maine was the only one of the 48 states in the continental U.S. that I hadn't visited before, and it was only 50 miles away. We crossed the border, headed to the coast, and found a great local sea food restaurant for dinner. We even managed to snag a prime table by the ocean-side window. We then finally headed the correct direction. Yep, it was worth it.

Our destination for the next day was another tourist site we had yet to visit, Niagara Falls. We arrived just after lunch, and I can tell you now that I wouldn't recommend visiting the falls on Memorial Day weekend. Lesson learned. After our mile plus hike from the closest parking spot we could find, I was pleasantly surprised that my high expectations were more than met. Niagara Falls is definitely worth the trip. We walked to all the overlooks, crossed the bridge to Canada, paid the Canadian toll to get back into the U.S. (seriously), hiked back to the coupe, then got back on the road.

Our goal was Chicago, but we had spent more time at Niagara Falls than expected, so we stopped a couple hours short in South Bend, IN. The next morning after grabbing the wife-promised Starbucks coffee, we drove through the beautiful Notre Dame campus and snapped a couple shots in front of the football stadium. I could have spent a lot more time wandering the campus, but it was time to get back on the road.

Heading towards Chicago, we excited I-90 once we were in view of Lake Michigan in hopes of having a scenic drive into the city. Instead it ended up being a lot of traffic, stop lights, and occasional glimpses of water through run-down industrial buildings. We eventually made it to the city, found the underground parking garage I had reserved a spot in, and went to see the sights. We first stopped at the Cloud Gate sculpture (shiny bean) to do the requisite selfies then explored the rest of Millenium Park. Afterwards we walked along the canals then up the Magnificent Mile to find some kid souvenirs (it was also great for car watching). On the way back to the coupe, I managed to find the same Chicago pizza restaurant (Giordano's) I remembered eating at when I was 5. It was just as good as I remembered.

Around 11 PM that night we arrived in Ankeny, IA where I grew up. The town was pretty dead by that time of night, but I enjoyed living my childhood fantasies of driving a cool car down the street I used to live on. I also proudly showed my wife the very baseball fields where my 8 year-old AAU baseball team won the state championship. Sadly we were too late to grab a Tasty Taco. Next time. We reserved a hotel in nearby Des Moines, but when we arrived we were informed that the hotel was brand new and was not open yet. They generously put us up for free in a hotel up the street. Score!

The next day we made it home. I'd tell you everything exciting that happened, but it was mostly Nebraska, so... In the end, we made it 2200 miles and saw the sights in 3.5 days without an issue. What surprises a lot of people is how great of a road trip car an M Coupe makes. We had a hatch full of luggage, computers and spare parts from the seller, and made it home in comfort and ~25 mpg. We even pulled out my old cassette adapter to stream music on my phone. Who needs Bluetooth? I'm already looking forward to the next trip.

2000 BMW M Coupe in Titanium Silver over Imola Red

LC61892 - Part 1: Introduction

2000 BMW M Coupe in Titanium Silver over Imola RedThere's a good chance you may have heard me mention a Project Coupe over the past...ummm...year. This is admittedly a late introduction to a coupe I picked up on Memorial Day weekend 2017, but so it goes. Over time I've gotten more picky about the Project Coupes I choose which in turn I seem to like each one more than the last. This one I like a lot, so I've been in no hurry to let it go.

 

LC60723 - Part 1: Introduction & Buying Process

1999 BMW M Coupe in Alpine White over Dark BeigeWelcome to the newest installment of the Car Enthusiast Guides Project Coupe series! We’ve taken a bit of a break recently to allow for the purchase of a new home, the arrival of a baby and plenty of other life events. Now that our lives are a bit more settled, we're back with our newest project coupe that we feel like you’ll enjoy following as much as we'll enjoy wrenching on.

 

Market Update - May 25, 2018

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. May 25, 2018.

Currently Listed: 66 Average Asking Price: $38,423.88
S52: 41 S52: $31,412.53
S54: 24 S54: $52,035.28
 

Market Update - March 23, 2018

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. March 23, 2018.

Currently Listed: 47 Average Asking Price: $39,931.27
S52: 27 S52: $31,124.69
S54: 20 S54: $52,651.89
 

Market Update - February 16, 2018

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. February 16, 2018.

Currently Listed: 50 Average Asking Price: $37,577.22
S52: 31 S52: $28,248.10
S54: 19 S54: $55,069.31
 

Market Update - February 9, 2018

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. February 9, 2018.

Currently Listed: 48 Average Asking Price: $39,361.49
S52: 30 S52: $29,534.48
S54: 18 S54: $55,944.56
 

Market Update - January 26, 2018

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. January 26, 2018.

Currently Listed: 49 Average Asking Price: $39,088.42
S52: 30 S52: $28,888.43
S54: 19 S54: $55,888.41
 

Market Update - January 19, 2018

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. January 19, 2018.

Currently Listed: 53 Average Asking Price: $38,209.45
S52: 32 S52: $28,525.00
S54: 21 S54: $53,500.68
 

Market Update - January 12, 2018

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. January 12, 2018.

Currently Listed: 53 Average Asking Price: $37,982.50
S52: 33 S52: $28,624.90
S54: 20 S54: $53,578.50
 

Best of 2017

I thought I would take a moment to reflect on some of the most significant M Coupe listings in this the seventh year of MCoupeBuyersGuide.com. We’ve continued to see prices of coupes come up and their popularity grow.

 - Top 10 of 2016
 - Highest Confirmed Sale Prices
 - Deals of the Year
 - Personal Favorites

 

Market Update - September 29, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. September 29, 2017.

Currently Listed: 59 Average Asking Price: $38,919.38
S52: 36 S52: $30,486.69
S54: 24 S54: $50,651,83
 

Market Update - September 22, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. September 22, 2017.

Currently Listed: 60 Average Asking Price: $39,255.75
S52: 34 S52: $30,239.13
S54: 26 S54: $50,075.68
 

Market Update - September 15, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. September 15, 2017.

Currently Listed: 55 Average Asking Price: $38,484.83
S52: 31 S52: $28,786.69
S54: 24 S54: $50,712.91
 

Market Update - September 8, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. September 8, 2017.

Currently Listed: 58 Average Asking Price: $38,069.87
S52: 32 S52: $29,015.70
S54: 26 S54: $49,387.58
 

Market Update - September 1, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. September 1, 2017.

Currently Listed: 55 Average Asking Price: $38,531.41
S52: 31 S52: $28,927.41
S54: 24 S54: $51,191.23
 

Market Update - August 11, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. August 11, 2017.

Currently Listed: 60 Average Asking Price: $37,145.20
S52: 35 S52: $27,394.72
S54: 25 S54: $51,327.73
 

Market Update - August 4, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. August 4, 2017.

Currently Listed: 60 Average Asking Price: $37,473.69
S52: 37 S52: $27,941.36
S54: 23 S54: $51,941.36
 

Market Update - July 28, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. July 28, 2017.

Currently Listed: 60 Average Asking Price: $37,623.48
S52: 37 S52: $28,285.44
S54: 23 S54: $52,055.00
 

Market Update - July 14, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. July 14, 2017.

Currently Listed: 61 Average Asking Price: $37,772.98
S52: 40 S52: $28,559.57
S54: 21 S54: $53,128.67
 

Market Update - July 7, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. July 7, 2017.

Currently Listed: 57 Average Asking Price: $38,776.78
S52: 36 S52: $28,160.63
S54: 21 S54: $53,942.71
 

Market Update - June 30, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. June 30, 2017.

Currently Listed: 58 Average Asking Price: $39,853.44
S52: 37 S52: $29,409.48
S54: 21 S54: $54,276.05
 

Market Update - June 23, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. June 23, 2017.

Currently Listed: 59 Average Asking Price: $39,690.12
S52: 38 S52: $29,538.19
S54: 21 S54: $54,676.29
 
 

Market Update - June 16, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. June 16, 2017.

Currently Listed: 57 Average Asking Price: $39,059.73
S52: 38 S52: $29,804.34
S54: 19 S54: $54,647.74
 

Market Update - June 9, 2017

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market. June 9, 2017.

Currently Listed: 57 Average Asking Price: $38,833.56
S52: 38 S52: $29,667.82
S54: 19 S54: $54,753.00
 

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