Up for sale, a classic Z3 M Roadster in Estoril Blue. Among the Z3 line-up, know that the M versions have very different drivetrains and suspensions. This one has the bullet-proof S52 3.2L inline six with a ZF 5-speed manual transmission. The factory Roadstar wheels have hugely staggered offsets giving the back end of this car a wide look. A super fun car to hit The Dragon with. Hagerty Insurance ranks these cars as future collectables & classics.
I'm a car serious guy and bought this M Roadster back in February 2013 to make my commute to work more enjoyable. It was my first Bimmer. It was in pretty good shape with 95k miles on it when I got it, but needed a clutch bearing. It's a great car with some serious performance abilities, but Bimmers do have their weak links. Fortunately, there's lots of technical support on the internet and I quickly learned about those weak links and how to overcome them.
Being an engineer-type car enthusiast I tend to over-maintain my vehicles, so when doing the clutch job I also did some "might as well" maintenance like the rear main seal, ZF shift pin detent retrofit, driveshaft guibo and all fluids. Later on I went completely thru the cooling system and upgraded to the Stewart water pump.
One of the big things I learned is that these cars, especially M's, like to rip the rear subframes out of themselves. When I heard this I truly questioned BMW as "The Ultimate Driving Machine". I found that my car had just started to tear a few spot welds in the trunk, no major damage fortunately. When researching this, I quickly found that a gentleman named Randy Forbes had developed a seriously good repair for this and has made a business of doing them. While Randy's work is excellent, I also have years of fabricating & welding skills. So I basically replicated the Forbe's subframe reinforcement upgrade myself. I've got a Powerpoint presentation that shows all the work I did to accomplish this and would be more than happy to show any potential buyer. This work in itself is nearly $3,000 if done by Randy, but well worth it as it makes the car as solid as can be.
I replaced the cloth convertible top a couple of years ago. I just replaced the 6 spark plugs along with all 6 ignition coils, so she's running like a dream. I changed out struts and shocks a few years back, the front struts are adjustable Koni Yellows. Many M Roadsters have cracked shift bezels around the line of switches, but paid the crazy $170 for this piece and replaced it. The seat tracks have rubber bushings that generally fall apart and make the seat rock loosely, these have been replaced with nylon so there's no clunking seats. The seat belt guides on the seat backs often break, but these have replaced. Pesky things that I actually found fun to tinker with and make the car the way it was meant to be. Everything works on this car...power top, A/C, heated power seats.
I currently have a stainless cat-back exhaust on that I fabricated and love the way it sounds. The sounds is reminiscent of an old E-Type Jag or 240Z. But I also have the original factory system if the new owner wants it changed out.
As a bonus, I have everything to rebuild the complete brake system when the time comes. New rebuilt calipers (red epoxy painted), new pads, rotors, braided stainless lines and even a new master cylinder. This parts stash is worth nearly a $1,000 on its own.
I've really enjoyed owning this car and actually hate to get rid of it, but I have to thin the herd. It's not perfect, but is in really solid shape for the year & mileage. I'd like this car to go to someone who will enjoy and appreciate it.
I don't need any help selling this car and will not respond to any emails that start out with "what's your absolute bottom line". Serious inquiries need to see this car.