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SOLD on or around February 20, 2016

105,000 miles

Asking Price: $17,000
2000 BMW M Coupe in Cosmos Black Metallic over Black Nappa
  • Exterior Color Cosmos Black Metallic
  • Interior Color Black Nappa
  • Engine S52
  • Other Attributes Subframe Reinforcement

Seller Description

For sale is a very rare, BMW M Coupe. There were less than 3,000 of these ever sold in North America and it's a very highly regarded car. It was named in Jalopnik's top 10 cars for the 2000's as an example. More than any car I've owned before, I get comments, conversations, and the like whether I'm at the gas station or at cars and coffee.

I purchased the car in the fall of 2012 and have put about 20,000 miles on it. Through the past 2 years, I've done quite a bit of maintenance (~$8k) to repair, restore, and provide some future security in preventative maintenance. I fully intended on keeping this car for a very long time but I've decided that two cars given all my travel for work is not very practical.

Stats regarding this particular car:

  • 2000 BMW M Coupe
  • 105k miles (daily driver, as of July '15)
  • Tires have 14k on them, brakes are still good
  • Brand new clutch and refurb m3 flywheel in past 5k miles
  • S52 Engine
  • 5 speed manual
  • Cosmos Black / Black Leather
  • 0 accidents/collisions/etc
  • Serviced at Enthusiast Auto Group ( and MWorks, both in Cincinnati OH. Previously serviced at VAC Motorsports by the previous owner (EAG and VAC are very highly respected in the BMW community).

Aftermarket parts:

  • Cold Air Intake
  • Oil Cooler
  • AC Schnitzer pedals
  • ASA AR1 (BBS LM Reps)
  • Blaupaunkt Bluetooth/USB/Aux/CD receiver
  • Magnaflow mufflers (stock mufflers will be provided as well)

Mechanical upgrades:

  • Randy Forbes Subframe Kit w/ e36 M3 dual ear diff
  • Bilstein shocks with unknown brand aftermarket springs, car sits slightly lower than factory
  • Rogue Engineering Rear Shock Mounts
  • Receipts are available for ALL service items.

Mechanical Repairs:

  • 82k: Replaced AC belt
  • 82k: Replaced front control arm bushings (e36 M3)
  • 82k: Repair passenger window regulator and door handle assembly
  • 82k: Replaced driver's seat bushings with Delrin bushings
  • 85k: Randy Forbes subframe kit
  • New differential cover from e36 M3, seam sealed and sprayed all areas for future rust prevention, small amounts of dynamat installed to reduce noise from solid mounts
  • 85k: Replaced flex disc and selector seal (Guibo)
  • 85k: Replaced LR axle boot
  • 92k: Replaced Manual Transmission Fluid
  • 92k: Replaced old powerflex RSMs with Rogue Engineering RSM (Rear Shock Mounts)
  • 95k: Replaced AC Compressor (OEM new), drier unit, and misc o-rings
  • 95k: Replaced expansion valve
  • 98k: New sach's clutch (e36 M3)
  • 98k: Refurbished flywheel (e36 M3)
  • 98k: 5th gear detent replaced
  • 98k: Fan clutch replaced
  • 104k: Intake boot replaced
  • 104k: Spark plugs replaced
  • 104k: Tire alignment
  • 104k: 15mm wheel spacers (rear)
  • 104k: new tail light installed (used part)


  • 81k: Replaced OEM long antennae with a 'stubby' version
  • 85k: Repaired License Plate Fixture
  • 88k: Replaced Side Markers (left side was cracked when the car was purchased)
  • 87k: Replaced Front Windshield (general wear and tear, minor water marks / pitting)
  • 91k: ASA AR1 Rims w/ BMW Emblems (personal choice, original roadstars were ping)
  • 94k: Replaced Rear Windshield (visually delaminating, bothered me to look at)
  • 96k: Replaced Front Windshield (took a rock on the highway)
  • 102k: Replaced Front Windshield (yet another rock)


  • Blaupaunt Toronto 410 BT Receiver (CD, USB, Aux, Bluetooth)
  • BMW ZHP 'short' weighted shift knob, M version
  • Glovebox Anti-Sag Kit

The bad:

  • Power Steering Leak: very minor, not dripping, but present
  • A Pillars: the pillar's felt/headliner is not perfectly tight
  • There is something with the AC and electronics. The compressor, seals, intake valve, etc., were all replaced recently but the AC will only work 80% of the time (all or nothing). May be a simple, not sure however.
  • Drivers window is slow to roll down (common on these)
  • Front bumper has some paint chipping from the car being so low
  • The title is clean from an accident perspective, but is 'branded' as during the sale between the 1st and 2nd owner, the mileage was inaccurately documented causing an alert on the carfax. All service providers have commented mileage is consistent w/ wear and tear.

Thanks for looking - it's an EXTREMELY well maintained car with a lot of money poured into it over the past two years (well over 8k in total). For a car of its age and rarity, I do believe it's hard to find one with this much modern TLC. Definitely a car I wouldnt hesitate to drive across the country in or have a pre-purchase inspection on.


Cincinnati, OH

My Ratings


My Comments

Posted: 2/20/2016 3:57:35 PM by Jon Martin

Sold to Michael. Congrats!

Posted: 12/14/2015 11:29:57 AM by Jon Martin

Final price reduction to $17,000. Grab it before he keeps it.

Posted: 12/7/2015 9:10:49 AM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $17,500 from $18,000. Unfortunately someone scraped the rear bumper in the parking lot, so it requires some paint touchup there now.

Posted: 9/18/2015 9:06:53 PM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $18,000 firm from $19,500

Posted: 8/27/2015 3:28:30 PM by Jon Martin

Back on the market with the AC repaired

Posted: 8/14/2015 11:43:22 PM by Jon Martin

Listing removed; looks like it may have sold

Posted: 8/11/2015 10:16:05 PM by Jon Martin

Now on Ebay too. AutoCheck shows it is titled as "Not Actual Miles" though the mileage listed does not appear funny and goes up at a regular rate.

Posted: 7/22/2015 1:57:43 PM by Jon Martin

Added a couple new photos

Posted: 7/21/2015 9:50:39 AM by Jon Martin

Available at $19,000 firm for Buyers Guide users and Bimmerforums members. I think it's a pretty decent deal considering all the maintenance and upgrades.

Posted: 7/17/2015 11:34:38 AM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $20,499 from $21,500

Posted: 7/14/2015 8:41:28 PM by Jon Martin

Back on the market after a few months off

Posted: 11/13/2014 10:51:33 PM by Jon Martin

The seller let me know of a few maintenance items he just took care of:

  • New clutch and refurbished flywheel
  • valve cover gasket
  • fan clutch
Posted: 8/25/2014 9:43:45 AM by Jon Martin

Tons of maintenance in the past couple years. The highlight is obviously the Randy Forbes kit. I think the price is fair.

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