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116,000 miles

2000 BMW M Coupe in Alpine White 3 over Dark Beige Oregon
  • Exterior Color Alpine White 3
  • Interior Color Dark Beige Oregon
  • Engine S52

Seller Description

2000 M Coupe
S52 Engine
Alpine White/Dark Beige Oregon
116k miles
5-speed manual transmission
Rarity: 1 of 26 in this paint/interior combination
Asking price: $21,000
Copy of CarFax available
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Contact: Don Lewis 805-448-8013

This is a very unique and rare sports car: fewer than 2900 made.  This color and interior combination is 1 of 26 on planet Earth.  Most enjoyable car I've ever owned and one of the coolest looking cars, ever. It's awesome to drive; it's quick, powerful and comfortable, and it handles insanely well.  Other drivers are impressed by it.  People give me thumbs up all the time and tell me how cool it is.   The sound of the straight six winding up to redline is exhilarating.  Value-wise you will get out of it what you put into it.  Value is rising, and I cannot imagine the value of this car dropping if cared-for (and you don't put 500k miles on it).  Price is based on condition, mileage and rarity compared to other cars on M Coupe Buyers Guide.   

It's in great condition and has a clean CarFax: no accidents.  I've put a lot of work into it during the past 3k miles, including the new cylinder head. Many parts were replaced or cleaned up during the install with all new gaskets, hoses and fittings.   Mechanically it's excellent and has a lot of cool upgrades.  Everything works, and the AC runs cold.  The rear subframe is solid with absolutely no indication of separation at any of the welds: this one is one of the good ones.  Always either garaged or under cover. 

Paint looks excellent with a few small chip repairs on the hood and other areas.  The hood also has a ding that looks like a tool was dropped on it.  It also has a few door dings, but they are not too obvious.  I very recently had the front and rear bumpers resprayed at a local body shop; they look new. 

The interior shows some wear in spots: driver's seat has a split in one of the backrest seams, there's wear on the center console arm rest and seat bolster; the driver's side door has a wear spot where the previous owner rested his elbow.  Paint around the window switches on the center console is worn, and the gauge console has a small crack on a switch cut-out.  There are a few outstanding niggling cosmetic details that you can work on over time that don't affect the vehicle's functionality.  In fact, one might consider that they add character to the Coupe.  Under the hood, some of the paint was exposed to solvent (the previous owner was not very clear on this) and came off in spots.  It looks like it's just worn a bit, but not too bad.

Minor details: a couple of the tools are missing from the tool kit and the inflation kit is not there.   The CD player is there but disconnected and the new stereo is radio or bluetooth only. 

I purchased the Coupe two years ago and shipped it to California from Oahu, HI; it was originally a California car.  I'm the third owner.  It was in good condition with 112k+ miles on it, but needed a bit of work.  That it needed a new cylinder head was a surprise to me, and I doubt the PO was aware of it.  Besides the new head, I fixed mostly all of the annoying little things that these cars are infamous for, and brought it up to top condition.  Selling because work moved to 50 miles away and I need a new commuter car. 

Here's a partial list of the recent work that's been done, with new parts and upgrades.  The clutch, flywheel and short shift kit came from the previous owner.  I replaced the H&R RSS Club Sport Coilovers because they were too stiff for standard road work.  

• TC Kline SA Coil-Over Kit, F&R, 450/550 springs; lowered ~1.5-inch
• New M5 clutch (at 105k miles)
• UUC lightened fly wheel
• Pagid Front Discs, Hawk F&R pads/sensors
• Short shift kit with selector rod and BMW knob
• F&R Bumper new paint
• K&N intake (included but not installed)
• Stewart HP Water Pump
• Shark Injector
• Dinan Strut Brace
• Blacked out grills and gills

Work/New Parts: (all within last 4k miles, unless noted otherwise)
M5 clutch, slave cylinder, stainless steel clutch hose, clutch pedal spring guides replaced
Cooling system: Stewart High Perf water pump, t-stat, housing, hoses
Engine: New AMC Cylinder Head, VANOS o-ring replaced, PS hose, cam belt, belt rollers, fuel injectors (2), O2 sensor, oil pipes, spark plugs, steering pump hose, throttle body cleaned, new ducts and gaskets, piston heads de-carboned
Suspension/Tires/Brakes: TC Kline kit, rear camber kit, new rear tires and front end alignment at 113k miles, frnt end aligned, all tires in 85% or better condition, all new discs, pads and sensors at 112k miles. 
Interior: Seat bushings replaced (Delrin), sagging glove box fixed, CocoMats floor mats (Furstil 6.6) replaced OEM mats.
Electrical: Cam shaft position sensor, alternator, headlight lenses (replaced due to burnt lenses), Pioneer stereo, Air bag module (have two extra ones)
Exterior/body: front and rear bumpers re-painted at 115k miles, BMW OEM shorty antenna, fender rock guards, hood emblem, rear hatch struts
Other: recent oil and filter, original owner's manual, parts purchase receipts


Santa Barbara, CA

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Posted: 3/12/2018 1:31:00 AM by Jon Martin

It has tons of great new parts both for maintenance and upgrades. Highlights for me are the TC Kline coilovers, Stewart waterpump and M5 clutch. The interior could use a little freshening but it's a great base to start from. The price seems fair to me.

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