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SOLD on or around April 29, 2014

83,000 miles

Asking Price: $18,000
1999 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

I am selling my 1999 BMW M Coupe with 83,xxx miles on it. The car is estoril blue with a tan leather interior. I have owned it for a little more than two years, having purchased it after I saw a listing for it on M Coupe Buyers Guide! I am only selling it because my family is growing and I need a bigger car. The car is a joy to drive and I know I will miss it. I have put 10,000 miles on it as a daily driver and the car has been garaged the entire time I've owned it. I have two sets of keys and alarm clickers, and a valet key. I also have the original owner's manual. The car's paint is original -- with the usual minor blemishes of 14 years on the road. There is a small dent (seen in pictures I've included) over the right rear wheel. I didn't make the dent -- the previous owner did.

Speaking of the previous owners, the car was owned for more than a decade by its original purchasers, a couple who kept it garaged in Santa Monica. They sold it in December 2011 to the service manager at Lexus of Santa Monica. He drove it for a month or two, and sold it to me in February 2012. I am asking $18,000 for the car.

the car's S52 engine (240 hp) is a joy and the five-speed manual transmission is a pleasure to row.

I have made a few thoughtful upgrades to the car, but have tried to keep it as stock as possible. The upgrades include: installation of an illuminated ZHP short shift knob from Leather Z, an MK2 two cup holder armrest from Leather Z, and a DICE Media Bridge, which allows for hands-free Bluetooth phone calls and wireless music streaming through the car's stock stereo system.

(As part of that Media Bridge upgrade, the equipment -- a small box -- was seamlessly installed by a professional audio technician beneath a panel in the trunk, and connects through the stock stereo equipment.
There is a small microphone installed next to the rear view mirror for hands-free phone calls. I use it all the time and makes driving a manual car a lot safer. The car's OEM CD changer remains in place -- though it is currently disconnected -- and the OEM stereo faceplate remains in place and is fully functional. There also is a USB cable installed near the armrest, so that an iPhone other device can be

I have serviced the car regularly and have the service records so that prospective buyers can see what has been done to it. During my ownership tenure, I have made the following repairs/fixes: replaced the A/C condenser fan and fan assembly, replaced a front driveshaft joint, repaired broken wires for the rear windshield wiper so that the wiper works properly, replaced driver's side seatbelt tensioner, installed new bushings for driver's seat, and replaced all four tires.

The car's differential mounts are checked regularly by the mechanics that handle all the work on the car -- Crestview Service in Los Angeles. We've had no issues with the mounts. We change the oil regularly and perform routine maintenance on time. The car doesn't suffer from the common M Coupe trouble of having the glove box wobble.

There are two small issues with the car: the lightbulb that illuminates the odometer and trip indicator has gone out, so that this panel is only partially illuminated. I have provided a photo so this can be seen. It is easily fixed, but requires a mechanic to remove the dash, which is labor intensive. Secondly, the car's airbag light is on. My mechanic previously diagnosed this as a result of a fault in the driver's side seatbelt tensioner, and replaced the tensioner. He said that the car's airbag system works perfectly fine. The light recently came back on. I am not going to replace the seatbelt tensioner again, because the whole issue is likely the result of a crimped wire, or something of that nature, my mechanic says.

I am asking $18,000 for the car. It is in Los Angeles.


Los Angeles, CA

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Posted: 4/29/2014 11:51:59 PM by Jon Martin


Posted: 4/10/2014 3:16:24 PM by Jon Martin

A couple more words from the seller:

Two things I forgot to mention: I also have a sun shade that I bought from Leather Z. And a word about the driver's side seat bolster -- I'd say it is in pretty great shape, but I would let the photos attest to that. Sure, there is some wear, but for 83,000 miles, it is good shape. I think that speaks to the care that has gone into maintaining the car. It also has a clean California title.

Posted: 4/10/2014 2:46:46 PM by Jon Martin

You can definitely tell that it's been cared for and the couple upgrades are great ones. The interior is in excellent shape and the recent maintenance is a plus. The front end does show quite a few rock chips, but I think the fender dent can probably be PDRed. The dash light that's out is annoying. The airbag light can probably be fixed by cleaning the connections under the seat (it worked for me). I think the price is fair.

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