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SOLD on or around October 29, 2020

118,000 miles

Asking Price: $14,700
2001 BMW M Roadster in Estoril Blue Metallic over Black Nappa
  • Exterior Color Estoril Blue Metallic
  • Interior Color Black Nappa
  • Soft Top Color Black
  • Engine S54
  • Other Attributes Subframe Reinforcement

Seller Description

This 2001 BMW M Roadster is one of approximately 321 North American-market examples finished in Estoril Blue Metallic over black Nappa leather and is powered by a 3.2-liter S54 inline-six linked with a five-speed manual transmission. The car spent time in Texas and Louisiana before being brought to California in 2009 by the seller, who later relocated to Oregon. Equipment includes a limited-slip differential, heated front seats, black-finished Style 40 wheels, xenon headlights, and a Harman Kardon stereo with a Bluetooth adapter and aftermarket speakers. Now showing just under 118k miles, this M Roadster is offered with factory literature, a Carfax report, and a clean Oregon title.

The exterior is finished in Estoril Blue Metallic (335) with a black soft top, quad exhaust outlets, M-logo front fender vents, roll hoops and heated washer nozzles. The front bumper and hood were replaced in 2010 following a front-end collision, and the bumper was repainted in 2019 due to rock chips. A replacement plastic rear window was fitted in the soft top in 2016, and replacement M emblems have also been added during current ownership. A scratch on the rear bumper is shown in the gallery below.

Staggered-width 17″ Style 40 wheels were refinished in black in 2019 and are wrapped in Toyo Proxes 4 Plus tires measuring 225/45 up front and 255/40 in the back and showing date codes from 2014, 2015, and 2016. The seller states that the brake rotors and pads were replaced approximately 10k miles ago.

The cabin features black Nappa leather heated seats with a matching dashboard, door panels, and center console. Color-coordinated M-logo floor mats protect the black carpets, and additional equipment includes air conditioning, a wind deflector, cruise control, and a Harman Kardon stereo with an Audiovox Bluetooth adapter and BSW replacement speakers.

An M-edition leather-wrapped steering wheel frames a 170-mph speedometer, a 9k-rpm tachometer, and a digital odometer showing 118k miles, approximately 40k of which were added by the seller.

The 3.2-liter S54 inline-six was factory-rated at 315 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. A Spectre conical air filter has been installed, and the drive belts and spark plugs are said to have been replaced approximately 10k miles ago.

A crack in the rear subframe was repaired in March 2018, and a photo of the affected area taken at time of the repair is viewable in the gallery.

The September 2020 Carfax report shows history in Texas, Louisiana, California, and Oregon through its most recent entry in August 2019. Rear end damage is noted in 2003, while the aforementioned accident involving a rear-end collision with another vehicle occurred in 2010. The report also states that the car was registered in a county declared a flood disaster area by FEMA in 2005.

Previous Listing:
Rare estoril blue on black 2001 M Roadster for sale. I'm sad to see her go but I'm a new dad now and would love an E70 x5d (trade maybe?)

- Xenon headlights
- Cone filter intake
- A2DP Bluetooth with stock deck using Audiovox 1500
- All speakers replaced (BSW speakers) and repaired bass (sounds amazing w/ bluetooth Pandora).

Recent Work:
- Replaced rear window (does show the unavoidable crease after putting top down)
- Alignment
- Drive belt/ac belt/acc. belt all replaced
- Spark plugs and wires replaced at 104,500 m (10,000 miles ago)
- Tires with 15,000+ miles left
- Rotors and Brake Pads (10,000 miles on them)

Can provide service records since I've owned the car (2nd owner) in 2009.

- Tonneau cover (sold separately) $300
- Clear plastic wind guard (sold separately) $80
- Car cover (included with the car)

This was the final version of the Z3M manufactured before introduction of the Z4. This little rocket has the S54, 3.2L, 315 HP Engine. This is the high-rev engine, electronically governed at 155 mph. I have always kept the car garaged although I am not the first owner.

- 3.2 L, 315 HP, 251 lb-ft torque S54 engine
- "Stepless" variable valve timing
- 5-speed manual transmission
- M calibration independent suspension
- Near perfect, 50-50 weight distribution
- Dynamic stability control
- Limited slip differential
- M gauge cluster
- Electric adjustable seats (driver and passenger)
- Air Conditioning
- Heated seats
- No leaks
- Interior stock but near perfect (no tears, no scratches)
- Fitted car cover
- M-alloy wheels
- Approximately 3,000 miles since last service
- Thousands invested to keep this car above grade. Can provide all service records upon request.

(3/30/18) I have corrected the sub-frame issue from a local welder who took the time to really learn about this issue and developed a method to permanently reinforce it (pics and videos coming shortly). This took him a few weeks to learn what method he was going to use and a week to get the job done. He was serious enough about this job that he bought a lift, specifically for low-profile cars, to do it.

(2/15/18) Previous potential buyer paid to have the vehicle inspected by BMW of Portland (Rassmusen BMW). The car passed passed in all categories (other than the sub-frame). A copy can be provided upon request. The previous buyer spent $300 on the inspection, then had an emergency overseas and gave me permission to move on. If I do hear from that buyer again, I'll continue to hold it.

(11/15/17) Discovered the car needed a sub-frame / differential mount weld. This is a very common problem with Z3 M's as the sub-frame was originally designed for a 1.9, 4-liter engine.


Johns Landing, OR

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My Comments

Posted: 10/29/2020 3:46:40 PM by Jon Martin

Sold to a high bid of $14,000 or $14,700 with buyer fee which seems like a decent deal.

Posted: 10/29/2020 1:57:00 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding only up to $8,000 with an hour left

Posted: 10/26/2020 10:21:09 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $5,500

Posted: 10/24/2020 7:17:09 PM by Jon Martin

Bidding up to $5,000

Posted: 10/23/2020 1:34:38 PM by Jon Martin

Back on the market after another couple years but this time on Bring a Trailer. The wheels have been refinished since we last saw it and it still has the aftermarket headlights. Bidding is currently at $2,001.

Posted: 10/5/2018 8:25:32 AM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $16,900 from $18,000

Posted: 9/5/2018 8:32:39 AM by Jon Martin

Back on the market

Posted: 7/10/2018 11:23:42 AM by Jon Martin

Sold to a winning bid of $18,000

Posted: 7/4/2018 11:10:49 PM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $18,000 and no reserve from $18,250

Posted: 4/6/2018 10:06:51 AM by Jon Martin

It's back again. This time the price is up to $18,250 from $15,500, but the subframe has been reinforced.

Posted: 1/8/2018 9:58:34 AM by Jon Martin

It's back with 10k more miles but price reduced to $15,500 from $19,750. It sounds like it needs a Randy Forbes kit though.

Posted: 7/22/2017 12:43:46 AM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $19,750 from $20,500

Posted: 4/4/2016 3:58:53 PM by Jon Martin

Now on Ebay too

Posted: 11/7/2015 8:12:33 AM by Jon Martin

Price increased to $20,500 from $19,000 which is less fair

Posted: 11/3/2015 11:37:10 AM by Jon Martin

Estoril over black S54s are suprisingly few and far between. Some of the recent maintenance including newer rear window, tires and brakes are great. The price is fair.

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