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SOLD on or around February 22, 2018

39,150 miles

Asking Price: $53,025
2002 BMW M Coupe in Steel Gray Metallic over Dark Gray & Black Nappa
  • Exterior Color Steel Gray Metallic
  • Interior Color Dark Gray & Black Nappa
  • Engine S54

Seller Description

This is one of 678 BMW Z3 M Coupes produced with an S54 engine, one of 340 built in 2002, and one of only 24 S54 M Coupes in Steel Gray with a Dark Gray/Black interior and a sunroof.  It is a rare car with a clean CARFAX, complete ownership history, extensive service logs and very few tasteful modifications.

This car is absolutely stunning! This has been my dream car since I first saw one at a dealership in the Netherlands during a European vacation.  Each time I planned to purchase a new car, I started looking for M coupes, but I never was able to find the right one (crashed/salvage title, overly modified, too expensive, etc.).  Once I found this car posted on Bimmerforms, I rushed off to Chicago to see it in person and ultimately purchased the car only a few days after it was listed.  I’ve been very lucky to have owned and enjoyed this phenomenal car! I’m selling the car as my family continues to grow and I plan to purchase another vehicle that we can all enjoy together. 

This Coupe currently has 39,150 miles, has always been garaged and has almost spent its entire life in Southern California (with the exception of ~7 months in Chicago).  It is completely stock with the exception of a Dinan ECU Tune (originally done at Avus Autosport in Glendale, CA and later reflashed/updated by Bullet Performance in Costa Mesa, CA), a Strong Strut strut tower brace (installed by Bill Jacobs BMW in Naperville, IL), a weighted ZHP gear shift knob and center console from Leather Z, drilled rotors and magnetic OEM BMW stone guards (in front of rear wheels). 

Mechanically, this car is perfect.  It just went through a major service at The M Shop in Los Angeles where it had Service 2, a new OEM clutch, all new fluids (brake/coolant/diff flushes), new filters (air, fuel & oil), new belts, new high pressure power steering line, new door lock tumbler (passenger door was spinning), new door handle trim, new driver-side window motor and repaired regulator mount (the windows operate flawlessly), new seat rail bushings (prevents the “rocking seat” issue), fixed some cosmetic imperfections and had some other misc jobs done (full documentation available upon request). The car has a recent set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (less than 500 miles on them), a new battery and a new set of windshield wipers.  It’s turnkey and ready for the next owner to enjoy!

The car has never had any paintwork aside from the removal of a barely visible door ding in the driver door (via Paintless Dent Removal), the results are flawless.  The car also does not have any accident history.  The only flaws in the paintwork are some very minor (nearly invisible even when close) stone chips on the front end, a tiny scratch on the driver mirror and a few marks under the “fangs” on the front bumper. The wheels are virtually perfect with the exception of one small pock mark on the front left/driver wheel.  I’ve attempted to capture everything in the photographs, so please review them closely!

The interior is perfect as well, the bolsters don’t show any wear and the floor/trunk mats and carpet are in excellent shape.  The car has never been smoked in and there are zero unusual odors.  The rearview mirror was proactively sent back to Sybesma’s Electonics in 2013 for refurbishment prior to experiencing any issues associated with the bubbling fluid problems that have damaged many Z3 dashboards (this one is perfect).   

This is also the actual car that was featured in the May 2007 issue of Bimmer magazine, where Alexander Palevsky compares the original M Coupe to its Z4 successor.  It’s a great read and certainly a highlight in the cars history (I’ll include a copy of the article with the sale)!

Included with the sale is the owernship history and current CARFAX report, a service records/history folder, a copy of the Bimmer magazine article, a USB thumb drive containing documents and images from when I purchased the car, amber BMW corner markers, original BMW center console, BMW battery tender (plugs into cigarette lighter socket), two keys (one with working push-button light, one inside BMW leather pouch), glovebox owners manual/documentation (with additional plastic key), radio security code, new Bentley Z3 service manual, a Dorkfest t-shirt from 2012 (XL, never worn), front license plate bracket & frame, and a clean CA Certificate of Title in my name.

In terms of ownership history, I am the fifth owner of the car.  It was originally leased in Los Angeles, CA and subsequently purchased by the original lessee.  It was then purchased by a gentleman in Glendale, CA (that also happens to run a fantastic BMW shop where the Dinan tune was originally performed) in 2005 when the car had about 19k miles.  Only a few months after purchasing the car, he then sold it to another gentleman in San Clemente, CA that kept it until 2010 when it had approximately 30k miles.  The car then made a short (~7 month) trip to Naperville, IL where the previous owner drove it about 2k miles before selling it to me on October 3rd, 2010 with 32,482 miles on the clock.  It was promptly shipped back to me in Glendale, CA via Intercity Lines where it has lived for the last 6+ years.  I have been in touch with all the previous owners and will happily provide their names & contact information to the new owner.

While I owned the car, I made a few changes to bring it closer to its original configuration (aside from routine service).  The previous owner added a Strong Strut butt brace at the same time the strut tower brace was added.  I had the butt brace removed as it made me nervous to have the bar relatively close to the ground and protrude so far beyond the bottom of the vehicle (note, it never touched the ground as we inspected it when it was removed).  At 26k miles, a previous owner exchanged the 3.15 ratio differential for a 3.46, I retuned it to stock.  The car had a clear bra on it that was quite thick and slightly discolored, so I removed it just prior to taking the listing photos (I saved it to prove that it came off without any paint damage).  The front end of the car looks great as a result of having had the clear bra most of its life!

Thanks for looking & let me know if you have any questions via email at!


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Posted: 2/22/2018 1:38:37 PM by Jon Martin

Sold to a high bid of $50,500 or $53,025 with buyer fees

Posted: 2/22/2018 12:52:42 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $47,750 with 12 minutes left

Posted: 2/22/2018 12:09:49 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding at $43,500 with an hour left

Posted: 2/22/2018 10:02:44 AM by Jon Martin

3 hours left. Bidding at $41,500.

Posted: 2/21/2018 9:52:18 PM by Jon Martin

15 hours to go. Bidding at $38,900.

Posted: 2/20/2018 2:15:09 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $38,500

Posted: 2/19/2018 9:45:06 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $37,777

Posted: 2/18/2018 11:18:29 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $36,000

Posted: 2/16/2018 11:05:49 AM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $30,000

Posted: 2/15/2018 10:22:01 AM by Jon Martin

Now on Bring a Trailer. Current bid is at $20,000 with 7 days to go

Posted: 5/15/2017 3:28:54 PM by Jon Martin

Now on Ebay at $49,999 and no reserve. Good deal!

Posted: 2/4/2017 8:43:05 PM by Jon Martin

Now on Ebay too

Posted: 1/25/2017 2:59:11 PM by Jon Martin

You know I love steel gray! It's hard to add anything to that great description. It's easy to tell it's always been well-loved. The driver seat bolster looks better than cars with less than half its mileage. All the recent maintenance ensures it will be good to go for a long time to come. I think the price is fair.

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