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SOLD on or around August 27, 2022

150,900 miles

Sale Price Unknown

Seller Description


THIS… is a 1999 BMW Z3 M Coupe, finished in Arctic Silver with a Dark Grey and black two-tone interior.

  • The attached Carfax vehicle history report shows no accidents; it also shows that this BMW was first registered in Mississippi and then kept in Florida and California since July 2000.
  • According to the build sheet provided in the gallery, factory equipment includes a limited-slip differential, an electrically operated glass sunroof, heated sport seats, an M leather steering wheel, and a Harman/Kardon stereo system.
  • Modifications to this M are extensive, and the full list is detailed below. Highlights include a Dinan 3.5-inch carbon intake, Dinan strut brace, Dinan stage 4 ECU tune, Dinan 3.5-inch exhaust, M50 intake manifold, and a European-market 3.5-inch mass-air-flow sensor.
  • The E36/8, or "Clownshoe", M Coupe has become sought-after by enthusiasts for its unconventional aesthetic and engaging driving experience. Built as a hybrid of the E30 and E36 chassis, the M Coupe combines hatchback practicality, a capable engine, and a competent chassis in one analog package.
  • Power comes from the "S52" 3.2-liter inline-6 engine, rated at 240 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque in stock form. Due to the modifications performed to this Z3 M, it may produce more power, but a dyno sheet was not provided to confirm. Output is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission.


A build sheet is provided in the photo gallery, and a partial list of notable equipment includes:

  • 17-inch BMW Style 40 wheels
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Electrically operated glass sunroof
  • Heated sport seats
  • M leather steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment net
  • Harman/Kardon stereo system


The seller reports that the following modifications have been performed:


  • Dinan 3.5-inch carbon intake
  • Dinan 68-millimeter throttle-body
  • Dinan Stage 4 tune
  • Dinan 3.5-inch exhaust with a custom test pipe (catalytic converters removed, but included with sale)
  • Dinan front shock-tower strut brace
  • M50 intake manifold
  • Bosch 24-pound injectors
  • Euro-market 3.5-inch MAF
  • Bimmerworld 3.5-inch ASC delete

Wheels, Suspension, and Brakes:

  • Factory Style 40 wheels painted black
  • 12-millimeter front, and 15-millimeter rear wheel spacers
  • StopTech stainless braided brake lines
  • Hawk Performance brake pads
  • Turner Motorsport offset front caster bushings
  • Bilstein B8 Performance+ shocks and struts
  • H&R (red) race springs
  • Lug to stud conversion


  • LeatherZ tri-color shift boot, parking-brake boot, parking-brake cap, and chrome headlight pull
  • Custom weighted and illuminated ZHP style shift knob with a 5-speed cap
  • Custom armrest and cupholder
  • Bimmerworld extended clutch stop

Known Flaws

  • Some stone chips on the forward-facing surfaces
  • A scratch near the fuel door (pictured in the gallery)
  • Some corrosion bubbling under the paint localized on the passenger's mirror base (pictured in the gallery
  • Some paint webbing on the lower front bumper (pictured in the gallery)
  • Driveway scrapes under the front bumper
  • Piece of the driver's side bumper reflector is missing
  • Rear BMW emblem is faded
  • Some scratching around one of the windshield washer jets (pictured in the gallery)
  • Some creasing on the seat bolsters
  • An abrasion in the seat leather finish on the passenger upper seat-back bolster
  • Crack in the armrest plastic
  • Some fray on the edge of the cargo cover
  • Airbag light illuminated
  • Loading scrapes in the trunk

Recent Service History

A service log and service documentation in the photo gallery indicates that the following maintenance has been performed:

  • April 2020: CD43 radio and Bluetooth installed
  • March 2020: Test pipe, UUC extended clutch stop, and Ambient Temperature Gauge installed
  • September 2019: Air conditioning serviced
  • August 2019: Paint correction and ceramic coating performed; roof ledges and new floor mats installed
  • June 2019: Dinan S4 tune performed; Dinan big bore throttle body fitted; oil and filter changed; new speakers installed
  • May 2019: Euro MAF installed; 24lb fuel injectors, new intake boot, interior switches, ICV hose, and vacuum lines replaced
  • January 2019: Braided stainless brake lines fitted; brake fluid changed; brake master cylinder, door panel clips, and castor offset bushings installed
  • May 2018: Windshield washer pump, wiper blades, and fuel sending unit replaced
  • March 2018: Bilstein shocks and H&R springs installed, alignment performed
  • February 2018: Shock mounts, stud conversion, new interior lightbulbs and sockets, shift boot, armrest, and hub-centric spacers installed
  • January 2018: New brake pads and rotors (rear) installed
  • November 2017: Crankcase vent valve kit installed; hydraulic valve lifter, thermostat and housing, head gasket, intake valves, valve guides, valve springs, and exhaust valves replaced; cylinder head resurfaced
  • September 2017: Glovebox sag kit installed; new stone guards fitted
  • August 2017: Center console trim installed

Additional service history is detailed in the attached Carfax report.

Other Items Included in Sale

  • 4 keys
  • Owner's manuals and case
  • Factory tool kit and jack
  • Factory S52 intake, intake cover, throttle body, air filter and housing, ASC throttle body, MAF, catalytic converters, engine internals, injectors, sparkplugs, glovebox with key, and rock chip guards
  • Other factory spare parts include a center console frame, roof rails, air conditioning belt and tensioners, new floor mats, VDO ~2000 outside temperature gauge, exterior door handle, soundproofing, interior light bulbs, shift knob, parking brake handle, and a spare passenger mirror

Ownership History

The seller purchased this M coupe in June 2017 and has since added approximately 20,000 miles.

Seller Notes

  • Due to the modifications and tune performed to this Z3 M, it may not pass emissions testing in some states. As always, it's the buyer's responsibility to perform all due diligence regarding registering this Z3 M in their respective state prior to placing a bid.
  • The seller reports that the car has not been smogged since 2018, but it is registered in California until 2023 in an area that does not require a catalytic converter. Please contact the seller directly with any questions. It can be negotiated for the seller to help the buyer convert the car to smog legality in CA by reinstalling the catalytic converter.

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Bonita, CA

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Posted: 8/28/2022 10:50:50 PM by Jon Martin


Posted: 3/10/2022 12:57:09 PM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $25,950 from $30,000

Posted: 2/28/2022 12:41:33 AM by Jon Martin

Back on the market and now priced at $30,000

Posted: 2/3/2022 10:07:02 AM by Jon Martin

Reserve not met at $21,500

Posted: 2/2/2022 9:13:00 AM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $20,500 with 4.5 hours left

Posted: 1/30/2022 2:05:19 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $16,500

Posted: 1/28/2022 9:16:11 AM by Jon Martin
Bidding up to $15,250
Posted: 1/27/2022 11:22:59 AM by Jon Martin

The miles are higher but it's been well taken care of. The previous seller did a lot of work, and it also has a lot of really nice modifications. See the previous listing for a full list. Bidding up to $15,000.00 so far

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