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Mileage: 88,600 Miles
Engine: S52B32 Inline 6-Cylinder
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Exterior color: Cosmos Black (303)
Interior: Black / Grey Nappa Leather (Q6TT)
1 of 41 Black / Grey 2000 Model Year M Coupes
CD43 Business CD
17-Inch Style 40 Roadstar Wheels
BF Goodrich g-Force Super Sport AS Tires
Florida / Colorado Car
Clean Carfax / No Accidents
The BMW (Z3) M Coupe is the SR-71 Blackbird of the BMW M world (if you have no clue what an SR-71 is you have some Googling to do). The SR-71 was designed by Lockheed’s ultra secret internal Skunkworks division, whereas the BMW M Coupe was the secret internal project of BMW Motorsport GmbH engineer Burkhard Goschel. Following the tradition that resulted in the E30 3 Series Touring, Goschel penned a hatchback onto the already fantastic M Roadster. Adding a lid to a platform originally designed to be convertible resulted in the most rigid BMW ever (at the time). The M Coupe was roughly 260% more rigid than the M Roadster. It was destined to be a one-off novelty hidden deep within the basement vault of M GmbH forever, but then BMW did something shocking—it offered it for sale! Enthusiasts savored in anticipation of a shooting brake-style hatchback with staggeringly unique lines and the power and handling to back them up. Those who could afford the M Coupe snatched them up, but the rest of the world did not receive is as kindly. Its brash and harsh lines were too much for the conservative mainstream BMW audience of the time. Roughly 2100 (S52 powered) M Coupes were produced in total, and took some time to leave dealer lots. Oh how time has changed! As the rest of the motoring world caught up with the M Coupe, it has become one of BMW’s most coveted Motorsport cars. The M Coupe’s unique and timeless design is still relevant today, earning it many looks, compliments, and questions; “Is that a new model?” is a common one. They are only climbing in value; the time to get one is now!
BMW M Coupes are one of our speciality vehicles at Glen Shelly. I have owned my personal M Coupe and have been heavily involved in the M Coupe community for many years. This Cosmos Black over black and grey leather example is one of only forty-one 2000 model year black over grey combinations. It is a two-owner car that spent its entire life in Florida until I brought it to Colorado. It is completely stock and unmolested, with 88,600 miles on the odometer. All common issues have been addressed or are not present, including: a preventative cooling system overhaul, saggy glovebox reinforcement, delrin seat bushing retrofit, leaky mirror retrofit with solid state internals, no sub-frame / trunk floor failure, and more. It has fresh brakes, tires, shocks, and drives like a much younger, lower mileage car as a result. The Carfax is clean and it is rust-free. I would like to find an owner who will enjoy and appreciate it as only an M Coupe owner can.
At Glen Shelly we strive to accurately and thoroughly describe our cars—good and bad. Cosmos Black Metallic is one of the best M Coupe colors. The dark metallic paint accentuates the aggressive lines of the form. In black, the word batmobile immediately comes to mind, but I see an SR-71 thanks to an arrow shaped hood and wide fender flares. The paint on this example is in excellent condition. It received a full detail when we got it. There are no significant dents, dings, door dings, or the rock chips that Colorado cars get. There is no failed clear coat and zero rust. All VIN tags are in place except for the panel behind the left front wheel (a commonly replaced part). I have no indication of why it missing, but the Carfax is clean and there are no indications of any accidents—the unibody, panel gaps, control arms, suspension, and front and rear subframe are all perfectly straight. I can provide a paint gauge report on request. The Roundels and M badges are brilliant with no crazed or faded paint. All trim and black-work are present and not UV faded. 2000 and later model year M Coupes received chrome rings around the integer headlight lenses. The outer lenses are clear and translucent; there is slight yellowing on the inner low beam lenses from high intensity bulbs. All indicator lenses and taillight housings are clear and crack-free. The Style 40 Roadstar staggered wheels (17” x 7.5” front and 17” x 9“ rear) have excellent finish with no bends or curb rash. They are wrapped with fresh BF Goodrich g-Force Super Sport AS tires; they have less than 500 miles on them.
Two-tone interiors are one of the M Coupe’s best design features. Black and grey are perfect interior colors to compliment the Cosmos Black Metallic exterior. Open the door and you are greeted with that lovely leather smell that only Z3 M Coupes and Roadsters have. I’m not sure why it’s different than other M models of this vintage, but it is. Sit down and it is apparent that this is a proper sports car. It has a cockpit-like feel, with a low seating position, round chrome-ringed gauges, and long hood out front. The SR-71 comes to mind again. The carpets have no stains or tears and are protected my M factory floor mats. The seat leather is in excellent condition with no tears, stains, or failed seams. The seat bushings do not rock; they have been upgraded with delrin bushings from Ireland Engineering. All seat motors work, as do the seat heaters. There is slight wear on the driver’s seat back bolster, but nothing excessive and much less than most M Coupe’s have at this mileage. The 3-spoke steering wheel has no excessive wear. The instrument cluster has no blown out pixels and all gauges work correctly. The CD-43 Business CD player has no blown out pixels and the volume rheostat works correctly (common issues). The center HVAC panel has one burnt out backlighting bulb, as does the voltmeter gauge. These are easy to replace, and I would be happy to provide guidance on doing so. The lower switch panel has a hairline crack in the switch backing plate (a very common issue). The glovebox does not sag; it has had a reinforcement kit installed. The auto-dimming rearview mirror has been preventatively replaced with one with solid state internals. If left original, they eventually leak abrasive fluid on the center console. The headliner does not sag, it has been replaced. All interior functions work correctly; power windows, power door locks, cruise control; the head blows warm and the air conditioning blows cold. The rear hatch divider is present and in great shape. The rear hatch carpet is protected by a factory M Coupe mat. Underneath the tool kit and owners manuals are present.
This is a turn-key M Coupe; all major and preventative maintenance is up to date. It has always been properly owned and benefitted from regular oil changes and routine maintenance. It comes with good records from the previous owners. The S52 engine is one of BMW’s reliable power plants, having none of the rod bearing issues or needing the valve adjustments that later S54 powered M Coupes did. In preparation for sale it received: a preventative cooling system overhaul, including the radiator, hoses, water pump, thermostat, aluminum thermostat housing, and coolant flush. It also got a fresh oil change, accessory belts, brake pads and rotors at every corner, a brake fluid flush, rear shock mounts, and transmission and differential fluid changes. The S52B32 engine idles smoothly, pulls strong, and has no Vanos rattle or lifter knock. It does not leak, drip, or spot. The clutch and shifter are crisp and precise. There is no 5th gear lean due to worn shift pins (a common issue). The brakes are firm, the suspension is compliant, and there is no driveline or wheel bearing vibration or whine. The suspension bushings are solid. The rear trunk floor has no sunken spot welds and the rear differential mounts have no tears. Like any M Coupe, it will need and deserves the preventative care and maintenance that all BMWs of this vintage do, but at present it is properly sorted and ready for its new home.
We have spent a considerable amount of time and money sorting this M Coupe. It is certainly not the cheapest example on the market, but it is worth every penny of my asking price. It is a completely stock example, and a blank canvas for its new owner that has benefited from excellent stewardship.
We would like to find an owner who will continue to care for it and appreciate it as much as we do.
- Vehicle Identification Number: WBSCM9340YLC61980
Model: M Coupe - USA
Development Code: E36 (7C)
- Steering: LL
- Doors: 2
- Engine: S52
- Displacement: 3.20
- Power: 240 Horsepower
- Drivetrain: Rear
- Transmission: Manual
- Color: Cosmos Black Metallic, Cosmosschwarz Metallic - 303
Upholstery: Nappa Leather Black / Grey, Leder Walk Nappa/grau – Q6TT
Production Plant: SPARTANBURG
- Production Date: 2000-03-16
- 260 Side Airbag Driver/frt Passenger
403 Glass Roof, Electric
413 Luggage Compartment Net
442 Cup Holder
530 Air Conditioning
640 Car Telephone Preparation
658 Radio BMW Business CD RDS
- 674 Hifi Loudspeaker System Harmon Kardon
- 692 Cd Changer I-bus Preparation
209 Limited Slip Differential (25%)
243 Airbag For Front Passenger
314 Heated Windscreen Washer Nozzles
354 Green Stripe Windscreen
481 Sport Seats F Driver/front Passenger
494 Seat Heating F Driver/front Passenger
540 Cruise Control
- 710 M Leather Steering Wheel
785 White Direction Indicator Lights
- 845 Acoustic Belt Warning
- 853 Language Version English
- 992 Number Plate Attachment Management