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SOLD on or around June 30, 2016

103,000 miles

Asking Price: $32,368
2002 BMW M Coupe in Titanium Silver Metallic over Imola Red & Black Nappa
  • Exterior Color Titanium Silver Metallic
  • Interior Color Imola Red & Black Nappa
  • Engine S54

Seller Description

Available for sale is the latest M Coupe Buyers Guide project coupe, complete and ready for a new owner.  This example comes from the batch manufactured in the final model year of 2002.  Exterior features original Titanium Silver paint on all panels aside from the front bumper cover, which was recently professional resprayed.  Interior comes complete with original Imola Red over Black leather and plastic accents, all in excellent condition.

This M coupe shows just over 103k miles on the odometer, and overall condition reflects a vehicle that has been adult owned, well maintained, and enthusiast driven.  Extensive service records come with the car and are available digitally should you like to review them.  Notable items include recent clutch replacement, valve cover gasket replacement, compression test, VANOS tab inspection (all displaying fantastic results) and new Zimmerman rotors/OEM brake pads recently installed.  Also included is a very recent Blackstone Labs oil analysis with exceptional results and no cause for concern regarding the replacement of rod bearings.  Rear trunk floor spot welds and differential mount are in perfect condition with no cracks or separation whatsoever.  You’ll find a large collection of photos, and I’m happy to send more detailed photos upon request.

From a driving standpoint, this coupe is the essence of what BMW engineers had in mind during the conception of this car.  Jon Martin himself even had trouble realizing any significant differences in the driving experience with this coupe compared to his well known personal coupe; quite an accomplishment for a coupe with 60k additional miles.  Ireland Engineering polyurethane race subframe bushings and Ground Control rear shock mounts work together with the newer Bilstein struts and Continental tires in keeping the coupe firmly planted to the road surface and handling is all the better for it.  You’ll be delighted to know that the 315hp S54 engine pulls strongly throughout rev bands up to red line, while the 5 speed manual gearbox finds gear cleanly with succinct crisp movement.  Clutch engagement is low and clean, and there is no slipping as the new clutch was just installed in September 2015 and has less than 3k miles on it.

All electrical and convenience items work as originally intended by BMW.  Exterior lighting is fully operational as is the tilt moonroof. Interior illumination is bright and requires no replacement bulbs.  Motorized seats and mirrors are easily adjustable for your convenience.  Rear view mirror has been serviced/repaired by Sybesma’s to assure no auto-dimming fluid leaks in the future.  Glove box shows no evidence of sag.  All gauges display their intended data perfectly and there are no service lights illuminated or codes being thrown.  This coupe includes the OEM Business CD43 head unit, and CD code can be found in the owners manual packet.

With 14 years under it’s belt, this M Coupe has a handful of light blemishes as you may expect.  Front hood paint is in overall good condition, but does show a few pea-sized wear spots above the driver side headlight.  The rear bumper cover has a small circular indention, possible evidence of a light tap into another car's license plate screw while parking.  The rear driver wheel has a 3-4 inch curb scrape on the lip.  These items are shown in close up detail in the attached photos.

Included with the car, you will receive 3 keys; the master, spare and valet key.  You’ll also receive the owner’s manual packet with the original window sticker and a folder full of service records.  CarFax and AutoCheck reports available upon request.  Car has a clean Texas title and I have the title in hand.

Given the fantastic condition, desirable color combination and thorough maintenance our asking price is $32,368.  I encourage in person inspections and welcome PPI requests to ensure your complete comfort before moving forward with purchasing this M Coupe.

Please send all serious inquiries to  Thanks for looking and have a nice day!


M Coupe Buyers Guide
Rockwall, TX

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Posted: 6/30/2016 10:02:15 AM by Jon Martin

Sale pending to Spencer. Congrats!

Posted: 6/29/2016 8:46:29 AM by Jon Martin

This is one of just 16 S54s in this color combo which happens to be one of my favorites. I've been familiar with this car since 2011 and knew how well it's been taken care of, so I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to make it an M Coupe Buyers Guide Project Coupe. Mark Rand, one of the other Project Coupe partners took care of this one, so it's located outside Dallas, TX. I had the pleasure of picking it up in Asheville, NC, attending Schuh Syndikat with it, and making the 1100+ drive to Mark's house. Check out the Project Coupe articles above for more details. It's a special one, and I'd love to find a good new home for it. It also happens to be one of the most inexpensive S54s currently available. Contact Mark if you'd like to apply for ownership :-).

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