300k mile 1999 E36 M3 5 speed sold on Cars & Bids with an accident history!

300k mile 1999 E36 M3 5 speed sold on Cars & Bids with an accident history!

300k mile 1999 E36 M3 5 speed sold on Cars & Bids! Even though this is almost a one year old deal, what do you think about the miles and the pricing? Wonder what it would bring in today’s market? 

Doug’s Take

The E36 BMW M3 has been gaining a lot of interest among enthusiasts recently thanks to its no-frills analog driving experience and classic BMW styling. This particular M3 Coupe is a desirable example, boasting a 5-speed manual transmission and a handsome black over black color combination. It also features some great factory equipment, including 17-inch Style 23 wheels, a limited-slip differential, Nappa leather upholstery, and power-adjustable “Vader” front sport seats – and it’s equipped with a few nice upgrades like a UUC Motorwerks catback exhaust and aftermarket struts and springs. On top of all that, this M3 benefits from ownerships in warm-climate California since 2002 – AND it’s offered with the excitement of no reserve!


THIS… is a 1999 BMW M3 Coupe, finished in Cosmos Black with a black interior.

  • This M3 features the desirable 5-speed manual transmission. The attached Carfax history report shows some gaps, though it lists no mileage discrepancies for the given time period. It also shows ownership in California since 2002.
  • According to the build sheet provided in the gallery, factory equipment includes 17-inch Style 23 wheels, a limited-slip differential, a rear spoiler, a sunroof, “Vader” front sport seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, and a Harman/Kardon sound system.
  • Modifications reported by the seller include a UUC Motorwerks catback exhaust, aftermarket struts and springs, and an Alpine head unit.
  • The E36 generation of the iconic BMW M3 was the first M3 powered by an inline-6 engine. Originally, the United States was not slated to get an M3. After owners famously banded together and demanded one be made, BMW brought the M3 to the U.S. market with a de-tuned and simpler engine than the European M3 due to emissions restrictions. It was a major commercial success for BMW, and it cemented the BMW M brand in the U.S.
  • Power comes from an S52 3.2-liter inline-6, rated at 240 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Output is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission.

300K mile bmw e36 m3 sold cars and bids highest mile high miles 300,000


A build sheet is provided in the gallery, and a partial list of notable equipment includes:

  • 17-inch Style 23 wheels
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Fog lights
  • Power sunroof
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable “Vader” front sport seats
  • M Sport steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • On-board computer
  • Cruise control
  • Harman/Kardon sound system


Modifications reported by the seller include:

  • UUC Motorwerks catback exhaust
  • Aftermarket struts and springs
  • Alpine UTE-73BT Bluetooth-enabled head unit

Known Flaws

  • The attached Carfax history report indicates that this M3 sustained “minor damage” after an accident with another motor vehicle in October 2001. No other details were provided.
  • Chips, dings, and scratches throughout the exterior (pictured in the gallery)
  • Loose passenger-side lower lip on front bumper; loose cable hanging from front bumper
  • Dent on passenger-side quarter panel
  • Rust on driver-side window trim and above the passenger-side taillight
  • Curb rash on wheels
  • Creases, cracks, and wear on leather upholstery
  • Scuffs on some interior trim pieces and door sills
  • Worn and cracked door sill weatherstripping
  • Tears in headliner
  • Loose driver door panel interior upholstery
  • Torn hood insulation
  • Noise is heard from fan when A/C is running
  • Sunroof switch is inoperable
  • Rust on some underbody components
  • Gouge in spare tire
  • Service recommended

Recent Service History

Service documentation in the photo gallery shows that a maintenance inspection was performed, the coolant sensor and ABS wiring were repaired, and the driver’s door handle was repaired in September 2023 at 306,460 miles.

The attached Carfax history report shows that the following services have been performed:

  • September 2023 (306,423 miles): Passed emissions inspection
  • June 2022 (296,130 miles): Tire(s) replaced
  • November 2021 (285,000 miles): Tire(s) replaced
  • August 2021 (279,968 miles): Passed emissions inspection
  • June 2021 (276,651 miles): Tire(s) replaced
  • August 2019 (259,276 miles): Passed emissions inspection
  • February 2019 (252,031 miles): Tire(s) replaced

Additional service history is detailed in the attached Carfax report.

Other Items Included in Sale

  • 1 key
  • Owner’s manual
  • Toolkit
  • Spare tire

Ownership History

This M3 was donated to a San Francisco Bay Area charity by the original owner, and it’s being listed by the seller on behalf of Car Donation Services. The proceeds from this sale will go directly to the Berkeley Humane Society. Please contact the seller directly for more information.

Seller Notes

Due to the modifications performed to this M3, it may not pass emissions testing in some states. As always, it’s the buyer’s responsibility to perform all due diligence regarding registering this M3 in their respective state prior to placing a bid.

See the full listing on Cars & Bids here.

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