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Car54
11-26-2007, 04:18 PM
I'm looking for an M-coupe over the fall/winter months. I know very little about the car other than what I can read on the boards. I've seen plenty at autox events and have seen probably every different config of interior and exterior in pictures. Seeing how there's only about 4000 of these beauties in the US, finding one, driving one, and learning about one is difficult (especially in the off-season).

Web info is not as available as the M3's or other 3-series. People are still demanding a premium for these cars and I want to be sure I know what to look for when buying used.

Here's my offer:

I would like to offer wrenching assistance, washing assistance, or what ever to an M-coupe owner to help learn more about these cars and be able to shop more intelligently.

mcoupemindy
11-26-2007, 06:49 PM
I'm looking for an M-coupe over the fall/winter months. I know very little about the car other than what I can read on the boards. I've seen plenty at autox events and have seen probably every different config of interior and exterior in pictures. Seeing how there's only about 4000 of these beauties in the US, finding one, driving one, and learning about one is difficult (especially in the off-season).

Web info is not as available as the M3's or other 3-series. People are still demanding a premium for these cars and I want to be sure I know what to look for when buying used.

Here's my offer:

I would like to offer wrenching assistance, washing assistance, or what ever to an M-coupe owner to help learn more about these cars and be able to shop more intelligently.

What are you doing on Saturday. You should come to the RRT meet. I will be there and you can ask me whatever questions you need to know about the car. I would assume that a couple other coupe owners would be there too.

mcoupemindy
11-26-2007, 06:52 PM
I'm looking for an M-coupe over the fall/winter months. I know very little about the car other than what I can read on the boards. I've seen plenty at autox events and have seen probably every different config of interior and exterior in pictures. Seeing how there's only about 4000 of these beauties in the US, finding one, driving one, and learning about one is difficult (especially in the off-season).

Web info is not as available as the M3's or other 3-series. People are still demanding a premium for these cars and I want to be sure I know what to look for when buying used.

Here's my offer:

I would like to offer wrenching assistance, washing assistance, or what ever to an M-coupe owner to help learn more about these cars and be able to shop more intelligently.

And FYI ... Production was less that you thought; Only 2,870 M Coupe produced (2180 with the S52 and 690 with the S54).

If you want some model specific information, I would go here: http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=17

Car54
11-26-2007, 08:59 PM
Thanks Jonathan.....can't really tell what time the event is....the buyer for my M3 is flying in to Reagan at 1:30 Saturday, but after that I could swing out there.

mcoupemindy
11-26-2007, 09:48 PM
Thanks Jonathan.....can't really tell what time the event is....the buyer for my M3 is flying in to Reagan at 1:30 Saturday, but after that I could swing out there.

It starts at noon. I expect it probably will last a good long time.

woodym3
11-28-2007, 10:48 AM
Craig,
Here's a website devoted to the Z3 Coupes, but it's not very active or up-to-date:
http://www.368s.com/

Both Bimmerforums and Bimmerfest have forums devoted to Z cars.
Too bad your buyer is not flying in to Dulles. It would be much closer to the RRT event.

Car54
11-29-2007, 07:42 PM
I'm planning to be there at noon now and stick around until 1:30, then head to the airport. It will be my last ride in the M3 :((( Hopefully some of you guys are out there that early.

mcoupemindy
11-29-2007, 08:12 PM
I'm planning to be there at noon now and stick around until 1:30, then head to the airport. It will be my last ride in the M3 :((( Hopefully some of you guys are out there that early.

I'll be there as soon as I'm done at Function Tuned up the street.

Car54
11-29-2007, 08:17 PM
Craig,
Here's a website devoted to the Z3 Coupes, but it's not very active or up-to-date:
http://www.368s.com/

Both Bimmerforums and Bimmerfest have forums devoted to Z cars.
Too bad your buyer is not flying in to Dulles. It would be much closer to the RRT event.

Woody,

Can't seem to get that link to work....looks like a website issue...google show sit exists.

I've been perusing bimmerfXXX but now starting to want some real world knowledge. I can't even find one to test drive! I'd like to know what to look for before I go to a private seller....there's currently one in the area.

Scany
11-29-2007, 08:42 PM
Sounds sad to sell that M3..

woodym3
11-30-2007, 09:43 AM
Woody,

Can't seem to get that link to work....looks like a website issue...google show sit exists.

I've been perusing bimmerfXXX but now starting to want some real world knowledge. I can't even find one to test drive! I'd like to know what to look for before I go to a private seller....there's currently one in the area.

The link worked for me Wednesday, but doesn't now. You can take my car for a spin, er. . . drive Saturday morning.
Woody

woodym3
11-30-2007, 10:03 AM
This Roadfly site is supposed to have the most comprehensive listing of Coupes for sale. I've seen it when there are close to twenty. Right now pickings are slim.

http://www.roadfly.com/bmw/classifieds/cars/listads.php?cat=225

lax01
11-30-2007, 02:18 PM
If you check the back of this month's Roundel, there were quite a few M Coupes in there...I think I saw 3 or 4

Car54
12-01-2007, 09:52 AM
Looks like I have to bail on RRT...just won't work before my buyer comes in, and after I can't predict what time I'd be there. Thanks for the offer guys. If anyone is karting tomorrow, I'll be there.

Have fun today, and I'll catch up with you all soon.

mcoupemindy
12-01-2007, 10:49 PM
Too bad you didn't come out today. My M Coupe was the party whore; I probably wouldn't have even noticed if you took it out for a drive.

Car54
12-01-2007, 11:09 PM
Glad you had a good time?!?, whore huh?

I wouldn't have made it until 3:30 or so.

mcoupemindy
12-01-2007, 11:15 PM
Glad you had a good time?!?, whore huh?

I wouldn't have made it until 3:30 or so.

Somehow I arrived at the event with 3/8 of a tank of gas and left riding on fumes ... Damn kids siphoning off my gas again!

Car54
12-09-2007, 06:04 PM
Found this...this seems like a lot of info....

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/frame_ron.html

Scany
12-09-2007, 10:03 PM
Found this...this seems like a lot of info....

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/frame_ron.html


That is a whole lot of info. I had to bookmark it. Seemed to be many interesting things there.

Car54
12-10-2007, 08:00 PM
Well, looks like someone offered the owner of the car I've had my eye on $18k. They put the deposit down but haven't picked the car up. I'm curious to see if they'll actually buy it once they see it.

I guess the search continues...

mcoupemindy
12-10-2007, 10:20 PM
Well, looks like someone offered the owner of the car I've had my eye on $18k. They put the deposit down but haven't picked the car up. I'm curious to see if they'll actually buy it once they see it.

I guess the search continues...

It would suprise me if the buyer actually took delivery based on the complete difference in the listing to the actual condition of the car.

I think she forget to add, "parked conveniently on road next to bike trail to enhance cosmetic damage".

Car54
12-11-2007, 02:56 PM
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=889691

This is probably why it sold!

Thanks Woody for the subtle dissuasion.

woodym3
12-11-2007, 07:07 PM
I really was trying to dissuade any other potential buyers.

Car54
12-12-2007, 09:08 AM
I really was trying to dissuade any other potential buyers.

I know you were! :biggrin:

Car54
12-19-2007, 10:15 PM
From the UUC list:

http://houston.craigslist.org/car/514262054.html

Yes, it's my car.
Lost Job, must sell.
I've listed it for trade-in value. If it goes to a good enthusiast home, I
can be flexible.

Paul Garnier
FastNetworking.com
281.827.0725

Sold fast! Let me know if things go south.....

Car54
01-05-2008, 01:54 PM
How bad is "OEM remanufactured engine from Germany" sound? Got a lead on a car that has one of them. Car has 125k, engine 15k. Should I run?

woodym3
01-05-2008, 03:18 PM
With proper documentation confirming the source and mileage of the engine, I'd think you'll be getting a good deal. Did you ever find out why the original engine had to be replace at such 110,000 miles?

Car54
01-05-2008, 04:24 PM
I currently have the name of the shop that installed the motor, and the PO has service records as well. It seems like a legit story so far.

mcoupemindy
01-06-2008, 12:18 AM
Craig,

I got your message tonight. I'll give you a call tomorrow.

Car54
01-10-2008, 08:19 PM
Thanks everyone for your help in the search, especially Jonathan for showing me things to look at/for. I found a coupe on craigslist in Philly and contacted the buyer. He responded that he just traded it in, so I tracked down the dealer. Working with the previous owner (super nice guy) and the dealer (their ignorance was my benefit) separately, I was able to get the REAL story about the car, and find out the REAL price to pay. These two factors contributed to me having faith in a coupe with 124k mi, so I bought it today.

It's cosmos on black/red. I had a great time driving it home today! More updates to follow!

New Home -
http://a20.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/4/l_75513fae15f42445c7598e31fba6dd5b.jpg

Cleaned the steering wheel already, yeesh
http://a583.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/44/l_d23f74dea58dd80ade477220c84fcd1e.jpg

Can't stop staring at its a$$...
http://a856.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/66/l_1b4b4c04a7f6a324bc906f9770047027.jpg

mcoupemindy
01-10-2008, 09:23 PM
:biggrin: Nice Big Butt! :biggrin:

I think you made a good choice. I can't wait to see it in person.

And I love the fact that there is going to be another M Coupe for me to beat in AutoX next year. You know you wanna play in MSS ... (Let the trash talking begin.)

woodym3
01-11-2008, 01:18 PM
Does this mean I have to move from Prepared to Modified to keep beating you Jonathan?
What'd you do, get R comp tires?

mcoupemindy
01-11-2008, 01:52 PM
Does this mean I have to move from Prepared to Modified to keep beating you Jonathan?
What'd you do, get R comp tires?

Yes. It's time for me to grow up and start using R-Comps. :eek:

Even though I think the Hoosiers I'm going to run are older than me.

Scany
01-20-2008, 01:10 PM
"Craig's car is really cool!" says my girlfriend after the NCC party last night. Maybe a coupe will get a better welcome than first expected. I'll have to put one on the list after we beat the crap out of the E30 this summer and have to sell it in parts.

After hearing the 3.0 Coupe got an LSD (Tech Talk) it sounds interesting. Though an M would be better I guess..

But yes, it is a very cool car Craig!

Car54
01-20-2008, 01:35 PM
Thanks Scany...oh and don't forget it's fiance now. Just wait until you have to remember to say wife!

Definitely need more coupe's in enthsiasts hands!

Scany
01-20-2008, 01:46 PM
Thanks Scany...oh and don't forget it's fiance now. Just wait until you have to remember to say wife!

Definitely need more coupe's in enthsiasts hands!


oups! maybe I'll keep forgetting till it becomes wife
to simplify the transition

mcoupemindy
01-21-2008, 04:41 AM
I've finally gotten good at saying fiancee instead girlfriend after several months ...

For some reason, she gets upset when I say I can't get hitched because I'm already married to my M Coupe.

z3bum
02-13-2008, 03:46 PM
Congratulations. Nice to see another coupe owner in the DC area, as we seem to be few and far between.

Anyone have an idea how many club members own Z3 or Z4 coupes? It would be fun to do a coupe-only event, like they do out in California.




Thanks everyone for your help in the search, especially Jonathan for showing me things to look at/for. I found a coupe on craigslist in Philly and contacted the buyer. He responded that he just traded it in, so I tracked down the dealer. Working with the previous owner (super nice guy) and the dealer (their ignorance was my benefit) separately, I was able to get the REAL story about the car, and find out the REAL price to pay. These two factors contributed to me having faith in a coupe with 124k mi, so I bought it today.

It's cosmos on black/red. I had a great time driving it home today! More updates to follow!

New Home -
http://a20.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/4/l_75513fae15f42445c7598e31fba6dd5b.jpg

Cleaned the steering wheel already, yeesh
http://a583.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/44/l_d23f74dea58dd80ade477220c84fcd1e.jpg

Can't stop staring at its a$$...
http://a856.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/66/l_1b4b4c04a7f6a324bc906f9770047027.jpg

Car54
02-13-2008, 09:23 PM
There's at least 7 in the area that I know of. The ones I know are all enthusiasts. If you come to BMW autox's or driving schools your bound to see 3-4 at any given time. Heck if you come to a social good chance you'll see a couple.

woodym3
02-14-2008, 06:02 PM
I know of a dozen that are active in one way or another in the BMW club events, and many of those weren't at this fall event. see pictures around post #17.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=850249

mcoupemindy
02-14-2008, 09:37 PM
I know of a dozen that are active in one way or another in the BMW club events, and many of those weren't at this fall event. see pictures around post #17.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=850249

I'm still jacked I couldn't come over that day.