Exterior photo of 2011 BMW (E90) M3 Competition Sedan

2011 BMW (E90) M3 Competition Sedan



Price: SOLD

Mileage: 89,000 Miles

Engine: S65 V8 Engine

Transmission: M Double-Clutch Transmission w/ Drivelogic

Exterior color: Interlagos Blue Metallic Exterior

Interior: Bamboo Beige Extended Interior with Black Carbon Leather Interior Trim

Additional features:

ZCP Competition Package (7ZM)

  • 10 mm Lower Ride Height
  • Revised Electronic Dampener Control (EDC)
  • 19” Forged Style 359 Competition Wheels

M Dynamic Mode DSC w/ M Differential Lock

M Drive Mode

Convenience Package (ZCV)

  • Alarm
  • Comfort Access
  • Parking Distance Control (PDC)
  • iPod/USB
  • Navigation
  • Real-Time Traffic
  • Voice Command

Cold Weather Package

  • Heated Seats
  • Headlight Washer System
  • Ski-Pass Through

High Gloss Shadowline Trim

Adaptive Xenon Headlights

Lights Package


Power Memory Seats w/

Adjustable Side Bolsters

Lumbar Support

iDrive (Double Hump)

BMW Individual Anthracite Headliner

BMW Individual High-End Audio System

Navigation System Professional

AUX/USB Interface

Retractable Arm Rest

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Folding Exterior Mirrors

Rain Sensor

Automatic Climate Control

Rear Seat Headrests

Power Rear Sunshade

Rear Side Window Sunshades

Fold-Down Rear Seats

Tire Pressure Monitor

19” Forged Style 359 ZCP Wheels

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Tires

Up-Sized 255/35R19, 275/35R19

Clean Carfax California Car Until 2018

Recent Maintenance:

Rod Bearings

DCT Service

Valve Cover Gasket

Timing Chain Gaskets

Oil Pan Gasket

Engine Mounts

Spark Plugs


2011 BMW (E90) M3 Competition Sedan exterior photo

The E90 generation M3 (2008-2013 model years, the 0 designates the 4-door) marks the end of an era for the BMW M3. It was the last M3 that followed the high revving, high compression, naturally aspirated, individual throttle body recipe that started with the iconic original E30 M3. If you are an M car fanatic of the old school, this is a big deal in the turbo-charged world of the present. The E90 M3 is the most highly evolved and potent example of that old-school recipe. The E90 M3 is a fire-breathing monster that shrieks to a redline well north of 8,000 rpm while inhaling through no less than eight snarling throttle bodies and wailing through an exhaust unimpeded by turbochargers. It is the M3 with the volume turned up to eleven. And, because it’s an M3, it still offers wonderful daily drivability, comfort, luxury, and practicality. Car and Driver, Motor Trend, and Edmunds called the E90 M3 the finest, single best, and most complete car on the market. Even the sanctimonious Jeremy Clarkson said it was the best car, and there is no point in thinking otherwise.


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Sedan lovers rejoice; this 2011 M3 Competition is the quintessential performance daily driver! Check out these specs: Interlagos Blue Metallic over Bambo Extended Leather with Black Carbon Leather Trim. M DCT Dual-Clutch transmission with M Drivelogic, Competition Package, Convenience Package including Comfort Access, Cold Weather Package, Adjustable Side Bolsters, Adaptive Xenon Headlights, Lights Package, Rear Sunshades, and the list goes on and on. Although I’ve always been an E46 SMG fan, the E90 M3 generation M DCT is the first automated manual gearbox where you can have your cake and eat it too. It’s perfectly civilized for the daily grind of stop-and-go traffic, but rips when you get on it. Configure it with the M Drive button, and a simple press of the steering wheel button reverts it to full manual mode, awakening the beast to take full advantage of the Competition Package. Rip your on-ramp, settle into traffic, and another press of the M Drive button puts the beast to rest until the next opportunity for hooliganism.

This M3 has an original build date of May 5, 2010, making it an early (pre-2011.5) Competition Package car, which was first offered for the 2011 model year. It was delivered in Maryland, but moved to Sunnyvale, California under the original owner in September of 2012, where it resided with the subsequent owner for the next six years. It moved to New Jersey in 2018 at 74,000 miles and Pennsylvania last year at 81,000 miles before we brought it to Colorado earlier this year. The Carfax documents regular maintenance throughout its life. Upon arrival, we did a round of preventative maintenance, including the rod bearings, engine mounts, oil pan gasket, a DCT transmission service, valve cover gaskets, timing cover gaskets, coil pack spark plug tubes, spark plugs, and subsequently a post rod bearing break-in oil service. We also replaced the steering wheel trim, the windshield, and mounted one-size-up Continental ExtremeContact DWS high-performance all-season tires (pictures were taken before doing any of these).

The Carfax is clean, but there is evidence of paintwork in the driver-side quarter panel (this may have been done before the original delivery). All of the paint gauges at 4-7 mils except the driver-side quarter panel, which gauges at over 10 mils in places. The front bumper cover was repainted due to rock chipping, and the paint and fitment are presentable, but not perfect. It photographs extremely well, but in person, these flaws are noticeable. This suits the driver-quality nature of the car, and we have fallen in love with it. It is our favorite car in the entire inventory, so the mileage will go up. We paid a healthy premium for this M3 and have subsequently made it better, so we are bullish on the listing price. But for the money, there are few better cars than a highly optioned Interlagos Blue M3 Competition Sedan. We are happy to keep enjoying it until it pulls at the right person’s heartstrings!


2011 BMW (E90) M3 Competition Sedan exterior photo

The Interlagos Blue paint presents very well and is a defining feature of the M3. Close scrutiny does reveal flaws, minor scratches, and some chipping, the worst being the front bumper, hood, and other leading edges. The fitment of the front bumper cover isn’t perfect, but it is acceptable for the driver-quality mission. There is no rust. The VIN and warning stickers are present. All trim is in-place and presentable, but there are typical age-related flaws. The passenger side hood vent isn’t seated perfectly, and the upper edges of the Shadowline window trim have some touchup areas. We replaced the windshield; it is crack and pitting-free, and the side and rear windows are tinted and in good shape. The headlights are presentable, with light scuffing and slight yellowing. All other light lenses are crack-free. The wheels are free of curb rash, but show light scratches and chips. We mounted fresh Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires, which were mounted after the pictures were taken.


 interior photo

The Bamboo extended leather interior of this vehicle is in good condition, and is another defining element of the M3. There are no odors and it has not been smoked in. The carpet is in good shape and protected by the factory floor mats. The floor mats show some wear, but have done their job. The headliner and dashboard are in excellent condition. The steering wheel leather is soft with no glaring flaws; the steering wheel trim was peeling, and has been subsequently replaced. The driver’s side door handle has similar peeling, but to a lesser degree. The instrument cluster, steering column stalks, switches, climate control, stereo, onboard computer, and center console are all functioning properly and in great shape. There are a few horizontal lines on the iDrive display screen, but no blown-out pixels. Both cup holders work. The extended leather of the center console is very nice. The seats are presentable but do have typical wear. The worst is on the driver’s seat bottom and back bolsters in the form of heavy creasing, slight discoloration, and frayed stitching. The rear seat has a failing stitch on the left rear passenger side seat bottom. The rear sunshade is stuck up, but we may rebuild this in the near future. The trunk carpet is lightly stained, and the factory toolbox is incomplete. The owners’ manuals are present, along with one key.


 engine photo

All maintenance is up to date and there are no common E9X/S65 issues. We replaced the rod bearings, engine mounts, oil pan gasket, a DCT transmission service, valve cover gaskets, timing cover gaskets, coil pack spark plug tubes, and spark plugs in preparation for sale. The S65 engine fires on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to redline. It does not leak, drip, or spot. The VANOS units are quiet and the throttle body actuators function correctly. The DCT transmission shifts correctly in all modes with no slip. The EDC suspension also functions correctly in all modes, with no issues. The brakes have lots of pad life and rotor run-out remaining. There is no driveline or wheel bearing vibration or whine. We ensure it passes and pay for emissions in the State of Colorado.

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • VIN: WBSPM9C54BE202711
  • Type: PM93
  • Model: M3 – USA
  • Development Code: E90 (M3)
  • Chassis: SEDAN
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 4
  • Engine Code: S65
  • Displacement: 4.0L
  • Power: 414 Horsepower
  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Transmission: DCT
  • Color: Interlagos Blue metallic (L0A30)
  • Upholstery: Extended leather trim Novillo Bamboo Beige (PNDH3)
  • Production Date: 05/14/2010


  • 1CA Selection of COP relevant vehicles
  • 223 Adaptive suspension
  • 2MD M Drive
  • 2MK M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic
  • 2VB Tire Pressure Monitor
  • 302 Alarm system
  • 313 Exterior mirror package
  • 319 Integrated universal remote control
  • 322 Comfort access system
  • 403 Glass roof, electric
  • 415 Roller sunblind for rear window
  • 417 Roller sunblind, rear side windows
  • 423 Floor mats in velour
  • 428 Warning triangle
  • 431 Interior rear-view mirror with automatic anti-dazzle function
  • 441 Smoker’s package
  • 465 Through-loading system
  • 490 Seat backrest width adjustment
  • 494 Seat heating for driver and front passenger
  • 497 Centre armrest in rear
  • 4AE Armrest front, sliding
  • 4MY Interior trim _nishers black leather Carbon structure
  • 4NA Interior mirror with digital compass
  • 502 Headlight washer system
  • 507 Park Distance Control (PDC), rear
  • 521 Rain sensor
  • 522 Xenon light
  • 524 Adaptive Headlights
  • 534 Automatic air conditioning
  • 540 Leather-covered steering wheel with multifunction keys
  • 563 Lights package
  • 5DC Rear-seat headrests, folding
  • 5DS Luggage-compartment emergency unlocking
  • 609 Navigation system Professional
  • 615 Extended BMW online information
  • 616 BMW Online
  • 620 Voice control
  • 639 Full preparation package mobile phone USA/CDN including telematics
  • 645 Radio control US
  • 655 Satellite tuner
  • 697 Area Code 1 for DVD
  • 6AA BMW Teleservices
  • 6AB Control BMW Teleservices
  • 6FL USB-audio interface
  • 6UH Traffic Information
  • 752 BMW Individual high-end audio system
  • 760 BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line
  • 775 BMW Individual headliner anthracite
  • 7MA Competition package
  • 845 Acoustic seat-belt warning
  • 853 Language version English
  • 876 Radio frequency 315 MHz
  • 8SC Country-specific Teleservice activation
  • 8SP Control unit COP
  • 9AA Outer-skin protection
  • 090 90 Ah AGM battery