1997 BMW E36 M3 Sedan 5-Speed
Sold
Final bid:$20,000
Categories: Non-Porsche
Auction type: ReserveSold
33 bids, 25 comments

Vehicle Details


  • Year: 1997
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: M3 Sedan
  • VIN: WBSCD9322VEE05673
  • Mileage: 140,111mi
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Title Status: Clean
  • Color: Alpine White III
  • Seller Type: Private Party
  • Location: Tarzana, CA 91356
  • Lot #: V-0029895

This E36 M3 Sedan is finished in Alpine White over a Mulberry Luxury Nappa leather interior and was optioned with a 5-speed manual transmission, the Luxury Package, a power sunroof, heated front seats, a premium Harman Kardon sound system, BMW Style 17 “M-Contour” wheels, and a rear wing. The seller has added an H&R coilover suspension, new brakes and rotors, a Dinan carbon fiber intake, European market turn signals and taillights, and new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires since 2022, and this example was recently serviced at an authorized BMW dealer in March 2023. Previously sold on PCARMARKET, this M3 is now being offered for auction by its seller out of California showing approximately 140k miles on the odometer.

The body is finished in Alpine White III (300) and features M3-specific bumpers, Luxury Package side skirts, and aerodynamic mirrors in addition to a decklid spoiler and a dual-tipped exhaust outlet. Equipment includes a slatted front grille on the lower front bumper, integrated foglights, tinted glass, a power-operated sliding sunroof, and 17” BMW Style 17 “M-Contour” wheels. Since the seller’s acquisition in 2022, European market clear turn signals and taillights have been installed along with an H&R coilover suspension and a new set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Minor signs of road wear are noted along with a scratch on the lower front bumper, additional images are provided in the gallery along with a clean CARFAX report.

The cabin presents Mulberry Nappa leather and 8-way power-adjustable heated Luxury seats. The optional Luxury Package equips fine wood trim around the shifter and glove box, patterned door panel inserts, and package-specific chrome interior door handles. Amenities include an M-Sport leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an onboard computer, a premium Harman-Kardon audio system, M3-logo door sills, and full power accessories. Additionally, an aftermarket Kenwood stereo and hardwired Passport radar detector have been added. The seller notes a small imperfection on the driver’s side seat bolster and a piece of wood trim around the trip computer has fallen but is included in the sale.

Power is derived from a 3.2-liter S52 inline-six rated at 240 HP and 236 lb.-ft of torque. The rear wheels are driven by way of a 5-speed manual transmission and a mechanically locking limited-slip differential. A service was reportedly carried out in December of 2020 at BMW of Sarasota, including a full maintenance inspection, a flush of the braking system, and installation of a new clutch, flywheel, oxygen sensors, tires, a four-wheel alignment, new motor mounts, and new sway bar end links. Upon the seller’s acquisition, a carbon fiber Dinan intake, new brake rotors, Hawk HPS brake pads, and new stainless steel brake lines were installed and an oil and filter change was carried out by an authorized BMW dealer in March 2023.

This sale will include a clean title, owner’s manuals, a toolkit, some documentation, and the original suspension, intake, and U.S. market taillights.

The seller would like you to know: “Purchased on PCarMarket in 2022 this M3 has been a great weekend and Cars & Coffee car. During my ownership, I have installed H&R coilovers, new tires and brakes, Dinan intake, and clear lights. March 2023 BMW dealer oil change.”

Auction Results

  • Sold for: $20,000
  • Auction End: May 26, 2023 08:09:35PM UTC
  • Number of Bids: 33
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  • gmanscott55 (registered bidder) 9 monthsago

    Thanks @TheGateKeeper... will be in touch as we are local in S. Cal.

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    Congrats @gmanscott55!

    Well bought. You're going to LOVE this car.

  • gmanscott55 9 monthsago

    Sold for $20,000

  • gmanscott55 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $20,000

  • mercerbmw 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $19,750

  • gmanscott55 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $19,250

  • mercerbmw 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $19,000

  • gmanscott55 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $18,500

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    @TheGateKeeper CORRECTION: I've put approx 2,200 miles on her in 10 months (220 miles per month).

  • mercerbmw 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $18,250

  • gmanscott55 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $18,000

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    Hi all, since buying this beautiful M3 here on PCarMarket in July 2022 I have put approx 3,300 mile her. That's approx 300 miles per month. Mostly to Cars N Coffee meet ups and the occasional weekend date night.

  • mercerbmw 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $17,600

  • gmanscott55 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $17,000

  • mercerbmw 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $16,500

  • gmanscott55 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $16,000

  • mercerbmw 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $15,500

  • cook03tj 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $15,000

  • mercerbmw 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $14,500

  • cook03tj 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $14,250

  • gmanscott55 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $14,000

  • mercerbmw 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $13,000

  • M3BUM 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $12,250

  • gmanscott55 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $12,000

  • mercerbmw 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $11,500

  • rGTIedge 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $11,250

  • gmanscott55 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $11,000

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    @M3BUM I don’t have the SMOG paperwork with me for a photo but the car did pass the smog inspection. It is ready for a CA buyer.
    I will upload the photo when I get back home it’s afternoon.

  • M3BUM (registered bidder) 9 monthsago

    @TheGateKeeper you mentioned you were getting the car smogged yesterday, were you able to? If so, is it possible to upload a copy of Smog Test Result.

  • M3BUM 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $10,000

  • keegles 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $9,750

  • M3BUM 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $9,500

  • keegles 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $9,250

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    @M3BUM Two sets of keys come with the car. The car has no issues that I know of.

  • M3BUM 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $9,000

  • M3BUM (registered bidder) 9 monthsago

    @TheGateKeeper How many keys are included with this car? Also, Are the any issues that needs to be resolved soon?

  • keegles 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $8,750

  • smac11 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $8,500

  • Aimports 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $8,250

  • 991911s 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $8,000

  • M3BUM (registered bidder) 9 monthsago

    @TheGateKeeper Thank you!

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    @M3BUM Yes the Dinan intake came with the CARB sticker. I didn’t install it because the carbon intake is beautiful and I felt the stickler would take away from that.
    The sticker is in the glove box. I showed it to the SMOG tech today when it was getting smogged and that was sufficient for the test.

  • M3BUM (registered bidder) 9 monthsago

    @TheGateKeeper Did the DINAN intake that you installed came with a "Carb Sticker" for Smog Visual Inspection purposes? If so, do you still have it? I did not see it attached anywhere in the engine bay. Also, how many keys will the car come with the sale?

  • DEZRE (registered bidder) 9 monthsago

    Thanks. Nice car.

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    @DEZRE Ha!
    I didn’t roast them; I’m a Michelin guy. I always put new Michelins on every car I buy.

  • DEZRE (registered bidder) 9 monthsago

    Did you roast the Conti's that were on the car when you bought it after the suspension upgrades were done?

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    The 2024 registration card and license plate sticker just arrived in the mail. The M3 registration is now paid through July 2024.

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    @gmanscott55 The car is getting smogged on Thursday afternoon in anticipation for a California buyer.

    Yes, the M3 is CA compliant.

    Thanks.

  • gmanscott55 (registered bidder) 9 monthsago

    Has car been smogged in anticipation of sale? Assume it is CA compliant. thanks

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    @DEZRE My wife has decided to retire early and selling our extra weekend car will help fund that. We're going to miss it for certain.

  • DEZRE (registered bidder) 9 monthsago

    Tired of it after less than a year? Why sell??

  • M3BUM 9 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $7,750

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    @spencerberke Thank you! I have thoroughly enjoyed this car and I routinely get thumbs ups at stoplights and compliments at C&C meets.

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    @pmannion24 There is no rust near the trunk. The rear suspension has not had any reinforcements done under my ownership. I have had no VANOS issues and no oil leaks as well. Thanks!

  • TheGateKeeper (seller) 9 monthsago

    Hello all, welcome to my auction. I look forward to your comments, and I am happy to answer any questions that you may have, or provide additional information if needed. Thank you!

  • spencerberke 9 months, 1 weekago

    Looks very nice! Glws.

  • pmannion24 9 months, 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $7,500

  • pmannion24 (registered bidder) 9 months, 1 weekago

    Any rust near the trunk? Does the rear suspension need reinforcements? VANOS system problems? Any oil leaks?

1997 BMW E36 M3 Sedan 5-Speed
Final bid: $20,000 Sold
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