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SOLD on or around February 24, 2020

163,000 miles

Sale Price Unknown
1999 BMW M Coupe in Arctic Silver Metallic over Dark Gray & Black Nappa
  • Exterior Color Arctic Silver Metallic
  • Interior Color Dark Gray & Black Nappa
  • Engine S52
  • Other Attributes Subframe Reinforcement

Seller Description

For sale is my Arctic Silver over Dark Grey 1999 BMW M Coupe with 163k miles. I am the 6th owner and bought it from a coworker in August 2017.

The car is currently located in Palo Alto, California.

I liked this car so much that I bought a later S54 Coupe. It doesn’t make sense to keep them both (though I have been driving them both for a year).

This Coupe has had the benefit of a series of gearhead owners, and in the past 15k miles the car has had a complete mechanical refresh with several hundred hours of labor.

While the car has been refreshed with mostly original parts, the major performance upgrades include a Bimmerworld lightweight clutch+flywheel+pressure plate kit, a low mileage 5spd replacement transmission, a 3.46 Torsen limited slip differential,  Koni shocks, poly rear subframe bushings, and replacement of all suspension bushings and rubber components.

Cosmetic condition is good but not great. The front bumper, rear bumper, and hood were replaced with R DOT parts by Weatherford BMW of Berkeley after an accident in 2006. The paint has some imperfections, and there are various scratches as you would expect with the miles. There is no rust underneath the car. The interior is above average for the mileage. The entire interior was disassembled and reassembled replacing all broken tabs and fasteners. There is normal wear on the driver’s bolster but no tears. As is common on Z3 M Coupes, the plastic trim around the AC switch has some cracks; however, everything works, including every interior light bulb. The headliner is sagging between the rear speakers and the sunroof. The wheels have oxidation on the barrels and some light curbing, as is common for the age and mileage. The tires have 3200 miles on them. The radio is a Pioneer digital media unit with bluetooth and is installed to the car using a plug and play harness (no wires were cut).

The mechanical condition is excellent. There are no leaks whatsoever. Not anywhere. Everything works. The low mileage transmission (45k) had all of the seals and detents replaced. I’ve driven it to LA and back several times in the past year without issue. The Torsen differential has a bit of a whine on deceleration at highway speeds, but works flawlessly. The whine may be exaggerated by the stiffer rear subframe bushings.

The rear subframe welds were repaired and reinforced in 2014 by TC Design.

Included with the car is a Thule roof rack with rectangular cross bars, the original 3.23 clutch diff, OEM Z3 Coupe Noah fabric car cover, original radio, owners manual, and one yard of color matched vinyl wrap which can be used to cover the sunroof glass and reduce heat in the car’s interior.

I have an album with several hundred photos detailing the work done to the car, which can be shared upon request. I’m asking $18,800. If you have any questions or would like to see photos of the performed work, please email me at

Highlights of work done to the car (WBSCM9333XLC60070):

  • 122802 6/6/2011 Head decked, head gasket replaced, cooling hoses replaced
  • 144330 4/9/2014 Replaced power steering hoses
  • 150427 4/21/2015 Belt tensioner and belts replaced
  • 150427 4/21/2015 Replaced water pump, overflow tank, hoses, thermostat
  • 150427 4/21/2015 Replaced oil filter stand, oil pan gasket
  • 154428 2/16/2016 Replaced cracked exhaust manifold
  • 155387 12/14/2016 Replaced vacuum lines, valve cover gasket
  • 156064 8/27/2017 Cleaned window rails, replaced guides
  • 156088 9/4/2017 Removed driver's seat, cleaned connectors, replaced airbag pretensioner harness
  • 156104 10/30/2017 Replaced VDO gauge bulbs, headlight switch bulbs
  • 156120 11/5/2017 Replaced blower resistor pack, repaired glovebox sag bracket
  • 156162 11/26/2017 Replaced cluster bulbs, license plate bulbs
  • 156222 12/17/2017 Replaced trans with 45k mile ZF320 from 03 530i, clutch, flywheel, pressure plate (Bimmerworld lightweight kit, throw out bearing, guibo, pilot bearing pivot, fork etc
  • 156222 12/31/2017 Installed LeatherZ center console
  • 156227 1/17/2018 Installed new Febi clutch master/slave, CDV delete clutch line
  • 156254 1/24/2018 Installed OEM clutch hard line, bled brakes
  • 156290 2/4/2018 New Koni inserts, new bumpstops, spring seats, top hats, Ground Control inverted rear shock mounts, all new suspension bushings, new tie rod ends,new driveshaft center support bearing, all new exhaust gaskets
  • 157319 5/2/2018 New poly subframe bushings (AKG 75 duro), OEM RTABs
  • 157338 6/10/2018 Replaced glovebox trim plate
  • 157338 6/10/2018 Replaced muffler donuts, hangers
  • 157455 6/21/2018 New brake discs (brembo), pads (Stoptech Sport), pins, guides
  • 157576 7/14/2018 Replaced alternator (Bosch reman), OEM PS return line, reservoir, CHF11S flush
  • 157673 7/22/2018 Replaced seat rail bushings (odometer gear bushings for tracks, OEM for front hooks)
  • 157744 7/29/2018 rebuilt handbrake adjusters, set handbrake, installed new undertrays
  • 157752 8/2/2018 New alternator voltage reg, new acc belt
  • 158875 8/19/2018 Oil +filter change (M1 5W30)
  • 158976 9/1/2018 Replaced differential with 116k mile 3.46, Amsoil SVG diff oil, replaced side seals, new M diff mount, swapped axles L->R
  • 159315 9/27/2018 Bled clutch with Superblue
  • 159390 10/4/2018 Mount and balance new tires (Continental ExtremeContact Sport)
  • 159560 11/5/2018 Installed new engine mounts
  • 159575 11/15/2018 Replaced fuel filter
  • 159966 2/3/2019 Installed replacement rear wheel bearings, new rear dust plates
  • 162540 9/1/2019 Polished headlights. Replaced AC switch.


Palo Alto, CA

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Posted: 2/24/2020 12:30:02 PM by Jon Martin


Posted: 10/21/2019 10:43:12 AM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $17,400 from $17,800. Really great deal!

Posted: 10/4/2019 12:15:37 PM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $17,800 from $18,300 which I think is now a great deal! I think the mileage may be scaring some away, but I'm pretty confident that anyone who looks at it in person will buy it.

Posted: 9/30/2019 9:56:51 AM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $18,300 from $18,800

Posted: 9/16/2019 4:28:32 PM by Jon Martin

Don't let the miles scare you. It has a couple aesthetic issues as mentioned in the description, but pretty much every part of the mechanicals has been addressed or improved. It would make an amazing driver. The price seems very fair to me.

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