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145,000 miles

1998 BMW M Roadster in Cosmos Black Metallic over Other
  • Exterior Color Cosmos Black Metallic
  • Interior Color Other
  • Soft Top Color Black
  • Engine S52
  • Other Attributes Subframe Reinforcement

Seller Description

Time to sell my baby. Bought a VW Alltrack, getting married, growing up and becoming more responsible.

One of the best simple fun cars you can buy. Plenty of power, nimble, open-top, very little to go wrong, or take your attention away from driving - what more can you ask for from a sportscar.

I have owned the car for 5 years, and have done all the maintenance, and preventative work to make this car feel and drive like new. Obviously the car is almost 20 years old, so the paint has some chips in the front, and there's a small tear in the seat, and a little wrapping on the door that needs to be tacked down. If you want the car to look brand new, it would take a paint job on the lower valence, about $800 from a paint shop, and a couple hundred from an upholestry shop to do the seat and door wrapping. All in all, the car is very clean, and VERY well taken care of. I have babied her the whole time, and have the receipts to prove it.

I'm not in a rush to sell, meaning I'll wait to get the right price, but also want to get the cash to do some investing.

What's been done:
Basically everything except a new motor..
New Valve cover gasket
Ignition coils
Spark plugs
Plug gaskets
Thermostat w/ new gasket and housing
Radiator (S54 aluminum core)
Cooling expansion tank
Cooling hoses
Stewart Racing pump
Rear main plug
Oil filter housing gasket
Crank case gasket
Main and aux timing belt, including all pulleys and both tensioners
Solid engine mounts (brings a good amount of vibration into the cabin, a little annoying at idle, but well worth it to me personally during spirited driving - these can be replaced and go back to OEM mounts fairly easily)
Polyurethane bushings all around (RTABs, etc)
New half-shafts, including inner and outer bearings
Dropped the differential, flushed, and refilled with redline full synthetic, with friction modifier for dialed LSD performance (differential has new E36, twin-ear cover)
Polyurethane differential bushings
Randy Forbes sub-frame reinforcement kit, professionally installed by Performance Technic in Fremont, CA ($4k job, go ahead and put whatever motor you want in here now and not worry about tearing the back of your car apart)
New clutch, throw-out bearing, shift pins, shift linkage, master and slave cylinder
Removed clutch delay valve and have stainless-steel braided hose from master to slave on transmission
Also removed over-center spring on clutch pedal (clutch feel is laser precise now)
H&R Sport Springs w/ Bilstein Sport Shocks
Shock mount reinforcement kit, with polyurethane bushings
New drive shaft (yes, I did this because I am OCD  )
Replaced Guibo disc
Polyurethane transmission mounts
New parking brake pads (yes, also an OCD maintenance item)
OEM brake discs
Hawk High Performance Pads
Michelin Pilot Super Sports
E46 Competition Wheels (get so many compliments on these)
New BMW Roundels, front and back
Unknown aftermarket exhaust (not sure which one it is, was on there when I bought the car, but sounds AMAZING)
New exhaust gaskets (from header to cat-back)
Shark Chip Tune w/ programmer (calibrates the throttle position sensor on every start, very cool, gives the car a real raw hot-rod feel)
S50 intake manifold
Almost forgot, has a new convertible top (was done by previous owner right before selling to me, lucky me; it's in great shape, no leaks, no tears, and looks very good)
New floor mats, including trunk
She gets 5W-40 and a new oil filter every 5k miles since I have owned her
About 145k miles (I can check next time I go out to the car)
Have a cover on her now and willing to take her out for a serious buyer

$12,900 firm

Happy biding and hope she gets a good new owner.


Mountain View, CA

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Posted: 6/7/2019 7:57:32 AM by Jon Martin

It's back after 1.5 years with price reduced to $12,000 from $12,900

Posted: 10/22/2017 11:51:38 PM by Jon Martin

The seller is right in that he's addressed almost all of the mechanical needs. The Randy Forbes kit is the obvious highlight and makes the price fair.

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