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SOLD on or around March 23, 2018

114,800 miles

Sale Price Unknown
2000 BMW M Coupe in Estoril Blue Metallic over Dark Beige Oregon
  • Exterior Color Estoril Blue Metallic
  • Interior Color Dark Beige Oregon
  • Engine S52

Seller Description

This 2000 BMW M Coupe shows 115k miles and was owned in the DC Metro area and California before moving to North Carolina and being acquired by the seller seven years ago. 31k miles have since been added, and the car is powered by a 3.2-liter S52 inline-six paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. It is finished in Estoril Blue over Dark Beige, and driveline modifications include Turner headers, Schrick camshafts, a Borla exhaust, an S54 radiator, and more. The cooling system was upgraded under the seller’s ownership with a Stewart water pump with metal impeller and an S54 radiator. A new clutch and flywheel were installed in 2017, and the water pump has also been replaced. The suspension has been fitted with an H&R coilover kit. The seller notes cracked welds in the trunk floor and has not had any subframe reinforcements installed. This M Coupe is being sold with a clean Carfax and a clear North Carolina title in the seller’s name.

The exterior is finished in Estoril Blue and has been modified with Umnitza grilles, retrofitted Angel Eye lights, smoked side and bumper lighting, tinted headlights and taillights, and a 35% window tint. Ceramic coated Roadstar wheels are equipped with Sumitomo HTRZ-2 tires. The rear wiper has been removed and a shorter antenna has been installed, though both original items are included. New hatch struts were installed under the seller’s ownership.

Noted exterior flaws include cracks in passenger-side taillight, front and rear bumper body gaps, and dings on the passenger door and roof.  The suspension features an H&R coilover kit, swapped front strut hats, and replacement stock-spec front control arms and bushings. The coilovers and subframe/rear trailing-arm bushings reportedly would benefit from replacement.

The Dark Beige interior features an illuminated ZHP shift knob, ECS tuning pedal set, JVC Bluetooth head unit, upgraded tweeters, and a subwoofer. A kit was installed to fix typical sagging glovebox issues, and two sets of floor mats are included. A leather center armrest cover with M stitching has been added. Flaws noted by the seller include aged leather, sagging headliner, malfunctioning sunroof, a stuck driver’s seat adjustor, a broken temperature control switch, a burned-out console bulb, and slow window roll-down.

The odometer shows 114,800 miles, 31k of which have been added by the seller over the course of his ownership.

The car is powered by a 3.2-liter S52 inline-six paired with a five-speed manual, and the seller notes a minor lifter tick. Modifications include Turner headers, Schrick camshafts, Conforti Cold air intake, M50 intake manifold, Turner power pulley kit, Stewart water pump, and an S54 radiator. In 2017, the seller had the car serviced with a new stock-spec clutch, flywheel, thermostat, and aluminum clutch fan.

The exhaust is a Borla system with quad Remus tips. A replacement slave cylinder for shorter clutch travel was installed in 2016, and the clutch line was replaced at the same time. The clutch and differential fluids were recently changed.

The seller states that while several spotwelds on the driver side trunk floor have broken, the differential mount and trunk floor show no signs of failure. Additional photos of the underside and trunk have been provided and can be seen in the gallery.

A clean Carfax has been provided, indicating no accidents or other damage.

Original Listing:
2000 Z3 M Coupe
Estoril Blau Metallic over Oregon Beige
Mileage 113,xxx
Clean title in hand and ACCIDENT FREE
Car comes on stock wheels, CCWs are gone so don't ask
I picked it up in California, in 2011, where it had spent most of its life.  I've taken care of most of the major issues that normally pop up on these cars, except for the subframe. The rest of the issues I've noted below are pretty minor things that could be taken care of by someone with more time.  I daily drove it for several years, but for the last 3 it's basically been tucked away in my garage and driven on nice days.  A few years ago I had the hood, front and rear bumper resprayed for cosmetic reasons.  As a preventative measure, the cooling system, which is a weak point on these cars, has been completely refreshed and upgraded, so you shouldn't have to worry about it for a long time.  Last year installed brand new clutch, flywheel and amsoil fluids, shifting is smooth and precise.  With the current bolt-ons, engine makes near S54 power, and still pulls hard.

FULL DISCLOSURE:  a few of the welds in the trunk floor have let go (pictures included).  But this issue has not really progressed much, as the differential mount and ear show no signs of separation, and the trunk floor hasn't moved.  BUT, subframe reinforcement may eventually be needed, especially if you want to drive this car hard.

Turner headers
Schrick cam shafts
Conforti Cold air intake
M50 intake manifold
Borla full exhaust with Remus tips
Turner power pulley kit
Stewart water pump
S54 radiator
New OE clutch and flywheel (installed last year)
New thermostat and aluminum clutch fan
13/16 slave cylnder (for shorter clutch pedal travel)
New OE clutch line
Amsoil clutch and diff fluids (just refreshed)

H&R Coilover kit
Front strut hats swapped for extra camber
New OE front control arms and bushings

Umnitza stealth kidney grilles
Stock headlights with retrofitted angel eyes
Smoked side and bumper lighting
Headlights and taillights lamin-x protected (light tint)
35% window tint
Never done rear diffuser
Rear wiper delete (still have rear wiper)
Shorty antenna (still have the original)
Roadstar wheels ceramic coated
Sumitomo HTRZ-2 tires, nearly new, stock size

LeatherZ illuminated short shift knob
ECS tuning pedal set
JVC Bluetooth head unit, upgraded tweeters and subwoofer
Saggy glovebox fix
Two sets of floor mats (Z3 and all weather)
Oddments box cover in leather with M stitching
New hatch struts installed recently

Minor defects I never got to address:
Seats were not in great shape when I got the car.  Leather needs restored.
Passenger door and roof have a few small dings
Coilovers and rear bushings (subframe, RTABs) could probably use a refresh, but still rides well
Sunroof only opens on one side
Driver seat won't adjust up or down
AC/Heat blend door is broken, stuck in the cold position
One of the bulbs behind the center console is out, never cared
Windows roll slow in cold weather
Small cracks in passenger side taillight
The front and rear bumper body gaps could be better
Engine has minor "lifter tick"
Interior headliner has a little sag in the center

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Posted: 3/23/2018 8:24:41 AM by Jon Martin

Bring a Trailer bidding only go up to $15,100, but it did sell after the auction.

Posted: 3/18/2018 11:30:05 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $14,500

Posted: 3/15/2018 4:09:45 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $10,000

Posted: 3/15/2018 1:24:28 PM by Jon Martin

Now on Bring a Trailer. Bidding is currently at $8,000.

Posted: 3/6/2018 6:30:34 PM by Jon Martin

Added a clean Carfax report

Posted: 3/5/2018 6:03:40 PM by Jon Martin

It has some great upgrades including Schrick cams, Turner headers and H&R coilovers. It's enthusiast owned, so you will know exactly what it needs. Most of the issues mentioned are probably true of most coupes of this mileage, but other owners aren't picky enough to mention them.

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