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Market Update – April 27, 2012

April 28th, 2012 Comments off

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market.

Currently Listed: 53
S52: 39
S54: 14
Average Asking Price: $23,343.90
S52: $20,207.78
S54: $31,408.21

Most Popular Sales Listings

These are the cars that have been viewed most often this week:

2002 Black Sapphire over Imola Red in Greensboro, NC

2002 Black Sapphire over Imola Red
Greensboro, NC - $22,500

2000 Cosmos Black over Black in Atlanta, GA

2000 Cosmos Black over Black
Atlanta, GA - $14,000

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Charlotte, NC

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Charlotte, NC - $7,900

2001 Black Sapphire over Dark Beige in Phoenix, AZ

2001 Black Sapphire over Dark Beige
Phoenix, AZ - $35,000

Best Deals

These are what I think are the best deals still available that are not already on the most popular list.

2000 Cosmos Black over Black in Dallas, TX

2000 Cosmos Black over Black
Dallas, TX - $17,500

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige in San Diego, CA

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige
San Diego, CA - $16,400

1999 Estoril Blue over Dark Beige in San Diego, CA

1999 Estoril Blue over Dark Beige
San Diego, CA - $15,900

2000 Imola Red over Dark Beige in East Pasadena, CA

2000 Imola Red over Dark Beige
East Pasadena, CA - $12,700

Sold This Week

Here are the cars that appear to have gone to lucky new owners this week.

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Market Update – April 20, 2012

April 20th, 2012 Comments off

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market.

Currently Listed: 49
S52: 35
S54: 14
Average Asking Price: $24,230.77
S52: $20,988.82
S54: $31,872.50

Most Popular Sales Listings

These are the cars that have been viewed most often this week:

2002 Black Sapphire over Imola Red in Greensboro, NC

2002 Black Sapphire over Imola Red
Greensboro, NC - $22,500

2000 Imola Red over Dark Beige in East Pasadena, CA

2000 Imola Red over Dark Beige
East Pasadena, CA - $12,700

1999 Arctic Silver over Kyalami Orange in Los Angeles, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Kyalami
Los Angeles, CA - $25,000

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige in San Diego, CA

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige
San Diego, CA - $16,400

Best Deals

These are what I think are the best deals still available that are not already on the most popular list.

2000 Titanium Silver over Estoril Blue in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

2000 Titanium Silver over Estoril
Rancho Cucamonga, CA - $11,800

2000 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige in Phoenix, AZ

2000 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige
Phoenix, AZ - $17,000

1999 Estoril Blue over Dark Beige in San Diego, CA

1999 Estoril Blue over Dark Beige
San Diego, CA - $15,900

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Mississauga, ON

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Mississauga, ON - $21,500

Sold This Week

Here are the cars that appear to have gone to lucky new owners this week.

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Small Scale Fun

April 18th, 2012 1 comment

Majorette BMW M Coupe

A new coupe model was added to my collection today but not for display. One of my 4 year-old’s favorite activities is playing cars (I started him very young) :). In order to join in, I need to make sure I maintain a respectable fleet of Hotwheels. Hence my long search for an M Coupe to add to my 1:64 scale garage. As Hotwheels, Matchbox, nor any other U.S. brand of toy cars makes an M Coupe, I had to look elsewhere. I eventually discovered the brand Majorette in France. I’ve seen a couple of their cars on Ebay but never in a U.S. store.

It’s listed as a Z3 Coupe, but it’s most definitely a European M Coupe. It has the M front bumper, side grills, quad exhaust, and the Euro license plate on the hatch. I’ve seen them in black, navy blue (?), red, pale mint green, and silver. Being me, I had to seek out the hardest one to find: silver. They also had different style wheels available. Some of the older styles look terrible, so I was after a silver one with the most modern looking wheels. I saw them come up for sale from time to time, but always with overseas shipping costs so ridiculous that I could not justify the expense for what is basically a $1 Hotwheels. Needless to say, it was a multi-year search that only came to fruition today. I must say I’m very happy with my purchase. The quality is pretty decent, and my son was very excited to discover that the hatch opens.

Majorette BMW M Coupe

Several years ago, my son was given a pretty amazing, wooden town by a neighbor that he spends hours playing with (and I have as well). After nap time this afternoon, we were excited to take the new coupe for a spin. He recently evicted me from the very spacious fire station into a smaller ranch home with only a single car garage. With the tight quarters, I had no choice but to relegate my Ferraris 288 GTO and FF out to the yard. I think the M Coupe will be my daily driver/around-town car with my FF’s AWD being used in poor weather and my mint, pearl white 288 GTO for Sunday drives and car shows.

Majorette BMW M Coupe

Excited to show off my new ride, we put together a little BMW get together at the local mechanic/gas station/Starbucks. Two E90 M3s showed up (one being Todd’s) as well as Colby in his alpine white over imola M Roadster. Everyone seemed to like the new coupe. The meet was interrupted by Mom calling us upstairs for dinner, so the coupe is parked back in the garage until tomorrow. 1:64 scale life is eerily similar to my full size one :).

Hotwheels BMW Meet

Hotwheels BMW Meet

Hotwheels BMW Meet

Hotwheels BMW Meet

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Market Update – April 13, 2012

April 13th, 2012 Comments off

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market.

Currently Listed: 45
S52: 33
S54: 12
Average Asking Price: $23,721.50
S52: $20,297,84
S54: $32,851.25

Most Popular Sales Listings

These are the cars that have been viewed most often this week:

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Mississauga, ON

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Mississauga, ON - $21,500

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige in San Diego, CA

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige
San Diego, CA - $16,400

2000 Oxford Green over Dark Beige in Des Plaines, IL

2000 Oxford Green over Dark Beige
Des Plaines, IL - $14,900

2002 Estoril Blue over Black in Cincinnati, OH

2002 Estoril Blue over Black
Cincinnati, OH - $33,990

Best Deals

These are what I think are the best deals still available that are not already on the most popular list.

2000 Titanium Silver over Black in Bellevue, NE

2000 Titanium Silver over Black
Bellevue, NE - $14,000

2000 Titanium Silver over Estoril Blue in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

2000 Titanium Silver over Estoril
Rancho Cucamonga, CA - $11,800

2000 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige in Phoenix, AZ

2000 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige
Phoenix, AZ - $17,000

1999 Arctic Silver over Kyalami Orange in Los Angeles, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Kyalami
Los Angeles, CA - $25,000

Sold This Week

Here are the cars that appear to have gone to lucky new owners this week.

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Market Update – April 6, 2012

April 7th, 2012 2 comments

This week’s overview of what’s happened in the M Coupe market.

Currently Listed: 45
S52: 32
S54: 13
Average Asking Price: $24,445.37
S52: $21,031.20
S54: $32,324.23

Most Popular Sales Listings

These are the cars that have been viewed most often this week:

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige in San Diego, CA

1999 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige
San Diego, CA - $16,400

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Mississauga, ON

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Mississauga, ON - $21,500

2002 Estoril Blue over Black in Cincinnati, OH

2002 Estoril Blue over Black
Cincinnati, OH - $33,990

1999 Arctic Silver over Kyalami Orange in Los Angeles, CA

1999 Arctic Silver over Kyalami
Los Angeles, CA - $25,000

Best Deals

These are what I think are the best deals still available that are not already on the most popular list.

2000 Titanium Silver over Estoril Blue in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

2000 Titanium Silver over Estoril
Rancho Cucamonga, CA - $11,800

2000 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige in Phoenix, AZ

2000 Cosmos Black over Dark Beige
Phoenix, AZ - $17,000

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red in Mississauga, ON

2000 Imola Red over Imola Red
Mississauga, ON - $21,500

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue in Lawrenceville, GA

1999 Estoril Blue over Estoril Blue
Lawrenceville, GA - $16,800

Sold This Week

Here are the cars that appear to have gone to lucky new owners this week.

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The Keyless Remote Dance (Step-by-Step)

April 4th, 2012 4 comments

BMW M Coupe Keyless Remotes

When I received the spare key for my coupe, I was disappointed to find that there was not a second keyless remote attached to it. I have yet to use the spare key, and it appears that none of the previous owners ever did either based on its condition. But things like that bother me, so I’ve kept an eye out to pick up a spare. Last week, I was fortunate enough to come across a Craigslist ad in California with a remote listed. I did a quick Google search to see if you could reprogram the remotes yourself without paying the dealer $70 to do it. I came across a great November 2002 article on MZ3.net; the instructions sounded so ridiculous and fun, I just had to try them. I contacted the seller of the remote, and he was more than happy to ship it to me. He even threw his two spare remotes into the deal just for good measure. Thanks Matthew!

To give a little background, each remote has a unique identification code that you need for your security system to recognize. The goal of the following process is to get your security system into learning mode, so that you can register your new remote’s ID. On a side note, if you lose one of your remotes, you can also use this process to delete it’s ID from your system so that it can never be used again (without reprogramming).

Phase 1 – Initialization

These steps just to get you to the starting place of the process.

  1. Remove the key from the ignition
  2. Close both doors, the hood and the trunk/hatch
  3. Use your current remote or key to disarm your security system by unlocking the doors

Phase 2 – Activate Code-Learning Mode

Before you start, read these directions several times through. You must complete these 5 steps in 45 seconds or less (and in order) or code-learning mode will not be activated. Also, be sure to have your new remote(s) with your before beginning this phase (you’ll see why later). Here is where the fun starts…

  1. Open the trunk/hatch and leave it open
  2. Open the driver’s door
  3. Sit in the driver’s seat
  4. Close the driver’s door
  5. Put the key in the ignition and switch it between the “off” position and “position 2” (ignition on and all dash lamps illuminated) and back 5 times in rapid succession. This was the trickiest part for me as all 5 cycles must be completed within a total of 10 seconds (and within the 45 seconds for all five of these activation steps). Also be careful not to start the engine during this process of you will need to begin this phase again.

If you have successfully entered code-learning mode, your security system status LED light (mine is down near the heated seat controls but installations can vary) will stay lit and your siren will chirp once (even if you have the chirping disabled).

Phase 3 – Registering Remote ID Codes

Like I said before, be sure you have your new remote(s) with you when you enter the car during phase 2.

  1. Remain seated in the driver’s seat and leave the key in the ignition
  2. Open the driver’s door
  3. Close the driver’s door
  4. Press and release any button on the remove you want to register with your system

The status LED will blink off to confirm the ID has been registered. Repeat Phase 3 for each of the new remotes you want to register.

Phase 4 – De-Activate Code-Learning Mode

Once all your remotes are programmed, you need to exit code-learning mode and return the car to normal operation.

  1. Open the driver’s door
  2. Exit the car but leave the door open
  3. Close the trunk/hatch
  4. Now close the driver’s door

If successful, the status LED will turn off and the siren will chirp twice. You can now test your newly programmed remotes (amazingly it actually works).

Ending Notes

So the lesson is you don’t have to pay your dealership $70 to program the remotes for you. You can also pick up any used remote off of Ebay, Craigslist or a forums member and reprogram it to your car. Pretty cool huh? My 1.5 year-old daughter was looking at me like I was crazy during the process as well :).

I mentioned before that it is possible to delete ID codes from lost remotes. The security system can memorize a total of four different ID codes. When each new code is registered, the oldest code is dropped. Therefore, if you wish to delete an ID code, you can register your remote four times during Phase 3, so that all other codes are cleared.

Good luck and feel free to email me at jon@mcoupebuyersguide.com if something is not working for you.

All the information in this article I learned from the MZ3.net article entitled Activate Keyless Remote written by Robert Leidy in November 2002. Thanks Robert!