About this Site

May 16th, 2014

After 5+ years of searching for the perfect BMW M Coupe, I had not found it, but I had learned a lot about them and about the market.  While waiting for my perfect coupe to show, I thought I would share some of my insight with other potential M Coupe buyers.  This site will contain some basic information about what to look for in an M Coupe as well as links to current sale ads and my thoughts on them.  Feel free to leave comments as I am not an expert and am always happy to learn more about the car I love.

Now that I have finally found my coupe, I will be posting more articles on upgrades and modifications as I research and install them. It has also motivated me even more to help others like me find their perfect coupe. Enjoy!

  1. Arron
    September 14th, 2013 at 19:01 | #1

    Hello Jon,

    I’ve always been keen on M coupes, ever since I saw my first one as boy. It was Estoril blue, and the driver absolutely floored it on a wet country road, these fabulous ‘hips’ disappearring into the morning mountain fog.

    These cars are now within my reach, but as I am not US based, we seldom see them. My question is, how does a 6’4″ man (with longer legs than body) go sitting in these? I prefer to have the wheel close to me, so just putting the seat back is not always the answer. That said, happy to have bent knees. Comments appreciated.

    Great site.


    • September 15th, 2013 at 16:37 | #2

      Sounds like a good first coupe experience. I know of several 6’4-6″ guys with coupes, and there are ways to fit fairly comfortably including the seat-tilt mod and removing the foam beneath the trim piece behind the driver seat. The tricky part will be bringing the steering wheel towards you. The steering wheels are not adjustable, but I’ve heard of one guy managing to add a spacer behind the steering wheel.

  2. Mike Anda
    September 29th, 2013 at 15:49 | #3

    Love these cars and on the hunt for a right hand drive here in NZ. They are few and far between but if anyone has a lead in a rich hand drive model in the US I would be keen to hear about it is easy enough to import them.

  3. Mitch
    October 8th, 2013 at 15:14 | #4

    What a great site, I look at it at least once a day. I started looking for one about 9 months ago and after reading the stories I didnt feel so bad about not finding mine yet.

  4. October 13th, 2013 at 12:54 | #5

    Where can I find information Z-3 production by year and model is that available. Thanks Mark

  5. david B
    October 20th, 2013 at 14:18 | #7

    Hi Jon. Love the look of your coupe. I’m thinking of buying a used roadster (not a BMW) from the same dealer you bought yours. The situation is also pretty similar in that the car is not at Gambacorta Motors but in Colorado and would have to be shipped back east. I was just wondering how you felt about your dealings with Gambacorta? Outside of the shipping fiasco, do you think they were honest and fair? I ask because I noticed they had a couple bad reviews and a low rating from the Better Business Bureau. If you have any opinion one way or the other I would appreciate it.

  6. david B
    October 20th, 2013 at 18:29 | #9

    Thanks loads!

  7. Leslie Bacon
    November 3rd, 2013 at 20:41 | #10

    Hi Jon,
    I pm’ed/emailed with a friend of yours today, Colby, about his 2000 Dakar M Coupe. I totally understand where he is coming from with his M Coupe. I am in the market for one and am so disappointed I sold my 2002 Dakar Z3 Coupe after seven years of ownership! So I’m wanting to upgrade but need to sell my 2005 M3 Alpine Vert. (It just wasn’t the same!) I’ve also been in contact with Ardy, who has the low mileage Daker M Coupe like Colby’s on your site. I can sure use your help! I’m very serious about getting back into the M Coupe and back into Dorkfest as well! Thanks, Leslie

  8. Leslie Bacon
    November 3rd, 2013 at 22:02 | #12

    Thanks Jon.

  9. James Northrup
    November 17th, 2013 at 05:55 | #13

    Jon – have you plotted sale prices by year ? Would be interesting to see whether they have bottomed out yet and started to appreciate. Great site



  10. Andrew
    November 22nd, 2013 at 11:22 | #15

    Hi Jon,

    I was wondering, would it be possible to add to the database whether a car still exists or not? For example, if one was totaled/wrecked? Which ones have been rebuilt? That would be fascinating.

  11. Kamran
    November 30th, 2013 at 20:40 | #17


    First off, I must say Thank You for what truly is the best resource for anyone looking an M coupe. (in U.S) I have wanted these cars for a while and now I have finally sold my E39 M5 and am searching for my perfect M coupe. Due to budget restrictions I am limited to a 1999-2000 model but that is not a problem, if power is all I wanted the M5 was plenty.
    I am certain I will find my coupe thanks only to your website.

    • December 1st, 2013 at 00:25 | #18

      You’re very welcome. Feel free to email me with any specific questions you come up with during your search. Good luck!

  12. steve juarez
    December 6th, 2013 at 10:59 | #19

    Hi Jon — I very much appreciate this site and have purchased two cars (an M coupe and M roadster) from the listings over the past couple of years.

    Given your knowledge of all things M coupe, I was hoping you might be able to direct me towards a roof rack (bike) for my coupe. I can’t locate any manufacturers still producing a set-up for the 2000 coupe. Do you have any ideas / recommendations?

    Thanks for a great site….

  13. Avrim Fishkind
    December 11th, 2013 at 11:13 | #21

    Trying to get in touch with the owner of:


    Sent a private message at Bimmerforums….anyone have any contact info or is there a trick on this site for contacting? Thanks.

    • December 11th, 2013 at 13:29 | #22

      Unfortunately I don’t have any additional contact information for that seller.

  14. Darren
    December 11th, 2013 at 19:01 | #23

    Jon – emailed you a couple of times from my intel email. Have you seen the emails? Cheers

  15. Pete Bradshaw
    December 13th, 2013 at 18:06 | #25

    Hello Jon,

    You mentioned in your listing of the black coupe in Sausalito that some PPI info is available. How can I get that?


  16. mark cohen
    December 14th, 2013 at 14:38 | #27

    Hi Jon, how do you respond to customers with cars for sale ? Thanks Mark

    • December 15th, 2013 at 22:20 | #28

      It varies, but you should be able to get a hold of most through their sales listing links (AutoTrader, Ebay, Craigslist, etc.). If you can’t find one, send me an email, and I can try to put you in touch with the seller.

  17. Steve Jones
    December 19th, 2013 at 17:12 | #29

    @Jon Martin
    Hey, I’m the seller. I replied to Avrim’s PM and we talked briefly on the phone. I’ve now listed the car in the BMWs for sale forum of Bimmerforums and have included my email, sgjones.az@gmail.com to get in touch. Thanks for the encouraging words in your evaluation and by the way your site was the best resource I could find to determine an asking price.

  18. craig
    December 21st, 2013 at 22:05 | #31

    I just picked up a 2001 s54 silver with 5003 miles. It is like new and may be the nicest one in the world. Has never been in a temp below 65 degrees and has not been wet or seen sun since 2003. It is making me crazy because I don’t want to drive it. I have owned many high end cars but it is too cool to get dirty. I think I am going to sell it. Would love to see it in a high end dealership for others to see. Your thoughts?

    • December 22nd, 2013 at 06:02 | #32

      Sounds pretty amazing, and one of the lowest mileage coupes I’ve come across. You should trade it in for one your wouldn’t feel so bad driving 🙂

  19. Clayman
    December 29th, 2013 at 11:22 | #33


    I need to have my stock rear wheels refinished. Do you have any recommendation about TransWheel?


    • December 29th, 2013 at 21:45 | #34

      I don’t have any first hand experience with them, but they seem to have excellent reviews online. Are you refinishing an S52 or S54 wheel?

  20. Clay Bastian
    December 30th, 2013 at 21:12 | #35

    @Jon Martin
    They are S52s and the BMW color I’m told is called ChromShadow. TransWheel interprets this to be HyperSilver. I’mClueless on this matter.

    • December 31st, 2013 at 20:03 | #36

      S52s had hyper silver roadstars. Chrome shadow ones only came on 2001-2002 S54s. Hyper silver will be much easier to refinish.

  21. Clayman
    January 2nd, 2014 at 06:02 | #37

    @Jon Martin

    That’s valuable information to know. Thanks!

  22. Jonna
    January 8th, 2014 at 11:39 | #38

    Hi Jon. I’m not finding the Z4 M Coupe buyers guide. I have seen it, my car is listed, but I can’t trace back to find how I came to know it was live. The link http://www.mcoupebuyersguide.com/index.php/about/ shows Z3 coupes. What am I missing? Thanks!!!

  23. Jonna
    January 8th, 2014 at 15:39 | #40

    Thanks!!! And THANKS for your efforts!

  24. Maureen Vogel
    January 21st, 2014 at 16:50 | #41

    The 2001 titanium silver with 40,000 miles, previously located in San Diego owned by Tony, is no longer available as my daughter bought it. FYI

    • January 21st, 2014 at 22:52 | #42

      Thanks for the update Maureen! That’s exciting! Great color combo too.

  25. Jeff
    January 24th, 2014 at 19:56 | #43

    Jon, I am looking at the Estoril Blue 1999 for sale in Fontana Vin#WBSCM9335XLC60605. Just chatted with the owner and it seems a bit dicey since he was not the owner when the salvage title issue occurred and he does not have any info on it. Wanted to get some insight from you on what to look for when/if I go up to look at it. Thanks for your great work!

    • January 24th, 2014 at 20:40 | #44

      I would mainly just look at the panel caps and see if they seem fairly even and fit well together. I’d very highly recommend having a pre-purchase inspection done. They’ll be able to tell you what panels were replaced, where there has been paintwork, and if it looks like any structural damage was done.

  26. Jeff Nunez
    January 25th, 2014 at 00:36 | #45

    Yes I looked at BMW Riverside…unfortunately I was at work late tonight so I could not call them and was too busy to see if there are nearby trustworthy independent BMW mechanics to come look at it. I guess my stance is that these are great cars, I have always wanted one, the price is right and I love the color….balance that it the fact that I am nervous about a salvage title, yet if I am planning on keeping the car for a long time and not flipping it or recoup any value….should I be nervous and avoid it, or just do my homework? I’ll def do a PPI and see if the dealer can look at the VIN and see what work was done. The current owner says he does not have any maintenance records, any way to try and look at these? Also, at least with the spoiler and the racing harnesses, I would want to try and bring this car back to a closer to stock condition. How hard would it be? Feel free to email me if you want to discuss.@Jon Martin

  27. Keith Langendorfer
    January 27th, 2014 at 19:56 | #47

    Hi Jon

    I bought a 2001 Titanium Silver M Coupe (last 7 of VIN: LK60075) in May/June 2011 and have done a fair amount of performance upgrades to it and have updated pix and info for your site.

    How do I get that info updated on the site, which has the old pix and info?


    Waldoboro, Maine

  28. Mark
    January 28th, 2014 at 11:43 | #48

    I’m sad to report that there is one less MCoupe on the road today.

    I’m also sad to report that my adjuster and I don’t agree on the value of my MCoupe and they don’t seem to be interested in all the empirical data on your site… which is what I thought an adjuster was interested in.

    Can you recommend an appraiser in Northern California that is familiar with MCoupes?

  29. Steve
    January 29th, 2014 at 07:11 | #50

    Hey, Jon,

    Now that you have the Z3C and Z4MC, how about adding a Z4C site? They seem to be even more rare, but the couple 3.0sis I’ve driven were awesome.

    In fact, for various reasons, I’m contemplating selling my Z3MC for a lower mileage Z4C…

    • January 29th, 2014 at 08:51 | #51

      It’s been talked about. I need to figure out their VIN number range(s), so I can get production data. I also need to find someone knowledgeable about them to run it.

  30. April Taylor Simmons
    January 31st, 2014 at 12:19 | #52

    Hey Jon,
    I have a 1999 BMW Z3 M Coupe Roadster that my dad left me when he passed away last year. It was his prized baby. I am looking to sell it because I have a teenage daughter getting ready to drive and I would not let this be her first car. The car is spotless with only 52K miles and garage kept/and covered. I am not sure about how to go about listing this vehicle because I am not familiar with all the specs. My dad knew all that! What should I do?


  31. Tomi
    February 2nd, 2014 at 18:46 | #54

    Thank you for making this site! I am beginning my search for the perfect shooting-brake coupe. Your site is an inspiration. Too bad that Ferrari is a tad out of my price range. Oh well.

  32. JEFF LIN
    February 14th, 2014 at 11:29 | #56

    How to we contact the seller??

    • February 14th, 2014 at 12:56 | #57

      Most can be contacted through their AutoTrader or Craigslist listing. I don’t usually post seller contact information explicitly unless they ask me too. If there’s one you can’t find you can email me at jon@mcoupebuyersguide.com, and I probably have it recorded somewhere.

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