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Where to Look

May 4th, 2010

I’ve spent quite a few years compiling a list of sites that would hopefully cover nearly all currently listed M Coupes for sale.  Here it is in the order I see most potential:

Edit: You can now click on the “Sale Listings” link at the top of the page for a complete listing of all coupes from these sources updated daily.

My Favorite

These are the sites I visit most frequently as they tend to have the most turnover and overall listings.

  • AutoTrader
    Most of the people serious about selling their cars will post them on AutoTrader.  Asking prices are generally a little bit on the high side.  All the new listings are marked as such so it’s easy to find the changes.
  • Google Craigslist Search
    If you’re going to find a “steal”, it will probably be on Craigslist. It also has the least informative listings and more potential for scams. Because Craiglook got shut down, I wrote a query for Google to search all Craigslist for me.  The downside is that it sometimes links to expired or removed listings.
  • Ebay Motors
    Obviously the most turnover of cars and pretty good prices, but there are generally only 1-3 coupes listed at any given time.

Forum Classifieds

Classified sections of car forums are one of the best places to look for a coupe for a number of reasons.  Forum members tend to me more knowledgeable about their car and its maintenance requirements, they obviously have a passion for the car so it will probably be better taken care of than most, and other forum members will be familiar with the car to give second and third opinions about it.  They are also sorted by activity date so the most recent listings will be on top.

  • Bimmerforums Main Classifieds
    You have to wade through a lot of 3-series and roadsters, but most of the best cars are listed here.  I’ve tried a few different variations of searches to try and filter the listings but haven’t found anything that consistently gives me the results I want.
  • Bimmerforums Z Classifieds
    This section is meant primarily for parts, but some people post their cars here as well.  Often times they are moved to the main classifieds, but to get the right coupe you have to find them before anyone else does.
  • Bimmerfest
    Unfortunately Bimmerfest does not categorize their classifieds at all so you need to wade through all the BMW listings.
  • Roadfly
    Roadfly usually has a pretty nice selection but seems to be priced higher than other sites.  They also seem to charge for images so very few of the listings include photos.
  • BMW CCA
    M Coupe listings are usually sparse and prices generally much higher, but there have been exceptions over the years.  Often times listings are not listed elsewhere though.

Other Classified Sites

These sites’ listings are generally covered by one of the above sites, but not always.

  • Cars.com
    Not a whole lot or turnover of cars and most are listed elsewhere.  There are unique listings sometimes though and new ones are marked as “Newly Listed”.
  • Carmax.com
    They rarely have a coupe, but have had a couple in the past for great prices.
  • Vehix.com
    Basically worthless…but you never know.
  • AOL Autos
    Most the times the listings are duplicates of above sites, but not always.
  • Trovit Cars
    This site collects listings from a bunch of other sites.  It’s not always accurate though and there are quite a few duplicates. It does include Automobile Magazine classifieds which do not pop up often but for some reason always seem to have great prices.
  • Oodle
    Similar to Trovit but sometimes has different cars.  Sorry, but it looks like you have to search from Fort Collins, CO.  I couldn’t figure out how to generalize my location.
  • Ebay Classifieds / Kijiji.com
    No coupes yet, but I’m sure there will be with this local classifieds backed by Ebay

Canadian Sites

I’ve heard of quite a few coupes going back and forth across the border, so it must be doable. If you’re willing to expand your search further, or if you’re from Canada, here you go.

So there it is, all my secrets and a few years worth of accumulation.  If you have any sites to add to the list or need help customizing a search more specifically to you, please post in the comments.  If you happen to find a steel gray/imola M Coupe on one of the links above before I see it, be an upstanding citizen, don’t steal it, and let me know immediately. 🙂

  1. May 4th, 2010 at 16:33 | #1

    Carmax.com has M Coupes at times. I don’t think they’d show up in any of your other searches.

  2. May 4th, 2010 at 17:06 | #2

    I’ve looked there a couple times. Do they group them with normal Z3s or do they have their own category when one is in stock? The next question is, would you want to buy from CarMax?

  3. Jeremy
    May 18th, 2010 at 10:31 | #3

    Your search queries are somewhat flawed and are probably missing a lot of cars.

    For example, your craigslist-related searches should be:
    bmw (z3mc or “z3 mc” or z3mc or z3mcpe or z3mcp or z3mcoupe or mcoupe or “m coupe”) (1999 or 2000 or 2001 or 2002 or 2003 or 99 or 00 or 01 or 02 or 03)

    …and for ebay, your root search terms should be:
    bmw (z3m*,”z3-m”,”z3 m”,”z3-mc”,”z3 mc”,”z3-mcp”,”z3 mcp”,”m-coupe”,”mcpe”,”m coupe”)

    • May 18th, 2010 at 13:34 | #4

      I’ll play with them some more. I guess I may have too much faith in people to know what kind of car they have and how to spell it. Generally M Coupes are owned by enthusiasts, so I have not run into too many bad listings. The problem I had when also searching variations of Z3M is that it pulls in all the roadsters causing me to have to wade through a lot more cars. The problem with generalizing the Ebay search is that you then get all the cars that have Z3M wheels, bumpers, etc. I typically just search the M Coupe and Roadsters category and occasionally peak into the general Z3 and general BMW categories to make sure there aren’t any Ms in them.

  4. Will
    June 25th, 2010 at 13:41 | #5

    Hankshelper.com will search Autotepest, Ebay, Craigslist, Cars.com, Autotrader, carsdirect with one query.

  5. Scott Zickefoose
    August 26th, 2011 at 22:39 | #6

    I’ve had good sucess with jaxed.com They have a “mash” that looks at craigslist, ebay and acouple of other sites by state or region….might be worth your time.

  6. Desmond Shaw
    August 25th, 2012 at 05:28 | #7

    Hey Jon, LOVE the site!! Been scouring and digesting all I can to buy an M Coupe…did you see on Roadfly that your coupe is for sale with only 18K miles?! He wants 60k for it!! Whew!!

    • August 28th, 2012 at 11:33 | #8

      Yep. That’s obviously my favorite color combo too. After 2 years on the market, it ended up selling for $42k this spring. It was actually at Dorkfest too :-).

  7. Jim Post
    August 28th, 2013 at 22:08 | #9

    vast.com mashes a bunch of m coupes

  8. Tim
    September 27th, 2013 at 15:38 | #10

    Jon;

    what are the chances I will ever see a nice white 2002 come up for sale, I have been watching for what seems like forever on your site?

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