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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Feb-23-2017, 11:57:24 PM   #11
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Default Re: E36 Market Vaule

I recently bought a 1999 Dinan M3 (Stage 3 w/ Supercharger) and am now selling my 1995 M3 (71k miles) so I have been following the sale market. I found that there are a lot of cars that may look good but are money pits with tired suspension, neglected cooling, cracked hoses, and so on and so on. There are also unicorns that pop up that you just pay up for as well so the pricing will vary greatly depending on what is really there.

A car that is properly taken care of especially one that is 20+ years old is a gem and will bring years of enjoyment. I have found you either pay upfront or over time but it still costs. I also found that a properly modified car has a lot of value as it performs better, sounds better, and is more fun to drive which, after all is the point of getting an E36 M3.
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Old Fri, Feb-24-2017, 04:38:29 PM   #12
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$20,000 could be the new $12,000 rule. Spend $10k and it wants $10k in the first year. Spend $6k and it needs $14k in the first year. You get the idea. I'd be hard-pressed to think the rule is now at $20,000. I think $12,000 may still hold true for this reason...

A used 2015 VW GTI Mk7 6spd has 245hp and sub 3,000lbs (with a $390 engine mapping box) cost about $20,000. That's easily a sub-6 second 0-60 car.

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I think the 36M market follows the Dow. The Dow is at 20,775 today. That makes my '96 Boston is worth about $10,387. 1/2 of the Dow.
Let's say some Dad gets some stock options from the company and the price goes up. Junior, who may still be living at 30yo is surfing M3F and YouTube and wants a 36M. Dad sells some stock and buys junior the car. A thousand bucks one way or the other used to make a big difference but not anymore.
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Old Thu, Mar-02-2017, 09:09:14 AM   #13
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My $0.02:

I went looking for a no-stories, no accidents, original paint, turn-key, perfect leather, sub 45K miles stock e36 manual coupe nearly 2 years ago. Max budget of $35K.

Maybe 20 cars across the country fitting my criteria available on autotrader, forums and EAG at that time. Found one right here on the forums and snatched it up quickly after a clean PPI. Had to cross the country and then enclose transport it home. I buy the seller - in this case - all keys, original window sticker, binder with every receipt from day 1.

I probably paid 3x what was needed to get into an e36, but I enjoy owning nice things and am not much of a DIYer. This was certainly a 9.5/10 example. I've since put on another 5K care-free miles. I take it to an indie BMW specialist for routine preventative care - every time it's up on the lift...no foreseeable issues beyond routine care. Annual cost has literally been oil / filters / car washes and wax so far.

Now and then, I check my autotrader search for the same criteria - just 2 years later, there's less than a 1/2 dozen cars. I'm not a collector and drive all my cars. Most members know - you pay now or pay later. Beyond a well-maintained car, there are benefits to paying that premium for low mileage...and resale is certainly one of them.

Good luck in your search.
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Old Thu, Mar-02-2017, 04:43:04 PM   #14
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Default Re: E36 Market Vaule

Also, considering inflation $12k is not what it used to mean/worth back in the days when brand new E36 M3s were selling for $40k-$50k.

Nowadays, $12k will not even get you a new economy car.

Considering that the low mileage E36 M Coupes are selling for $45k+ nowadays, $20k-$25k isn't really very a whole lot of money to pay for a 20-year-old low mileage used E36 M3 that's been well maintained.

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Old Thu, Mar-02-2017, 07:12:09 PM   #15
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Default Re: E36 Market Vaule

everyone touched on pretty much everything you'd need to know going into this journey.


1. spend a few months studying the market to best identify the exact combination you're after... (slicktop, vert, sedan: colors, etc)

sometimes you'll find that higher mile examples which are well-looked after, end up being the better value-option than a lower mile'd example with not-so-great treatment. (yet both will be at similar price points)

everything else falls in place, once you start understanding the nuances of the market itself, plus the nuances of the car (based on model year, etc)

I just got mine last summer, and have driven it more than my e92 lately, eventhough i told myself to not drive it in winter

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if you keep up with these things, they can be very cheap to live with and quite rewarding overall; not to mention they'll continue holding value.
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Old Sat, Mar-04-2017, 01:28:33 AM   #16
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Default Re: E36 Market Vaule

Just an FYI, while searching, It took me 6-7 months each time finding a clean M3. The clean ones with the right owners are becoming increasingly difficult to come across. People, while judging for prices, really take for granted how hard that alone has become. I am selling my second E36 M3 tomorrow to a guy who paid me exactly what I am asking for it. This happened with my last E36 too. He also has been searching for 5 months.

Long story short... When you find a clean car, jump on it. Someone said it above me in this thread. "Less clean cars... More buyers..." Supply and demand!
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Old Sat, Mar-04-2017, 01:57:16 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by omairtheman1 View Post
Just an FYI, while searching, It took me 6-7 months each time finding a clean M3. The clean ones with the right owners are becoming increasingly difficult to come across. People, while judging for prices, really take for granted how hard that alone has become. I am selling my second E36 M3 tomorrow to a guy who paid me exactly what I am asking for it. This happened with my last E36 too. He also has been searching for 5 months.

Long story short... When you find a clean car, jump on it. Someone said it above me in this thread. "Less clean cars... More buyers..." Supply and demand!
It took me a year to find mine and that was 3 years ago. I don't even want to think how difficult it would be to find a sub 50k mile garage queen with every single record including the plastic valet key + window sticker lol.

times are changing....
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Old Sat, Mar-04-2017, 04:11:02 AM   #18
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Well it looks like I will be getting my ad together to sell my 1995 M3 with 71k miles. Black on Black and properly modified. It's been in the same group of people in nortgern california since delivery with BMW service for the first 7 years and then maintained by the same mechanic since. Mods include injectors, tune, maf, Dinan intake, strut bars, sway bars, bilsteins, h&r springs, Stewart water pump, silicon hoses to mishimoto radiator, ecs rotors, good pads, alcantara performance wheel, shift knob and brake handle, and all fluids kept up. I would keep it if I could as its a gem and incredible canyon carver. It's been a weekend/3rd car for at least 15 years as I understand. Asking $19,500.

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Sounds about right.

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Old Sun, Mar-05-2017, 01:49:42 AM   #20
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Default Re: E36 Market Vaule

I think you should expect to spend $13ish - and then expect to want to spend a few thousand a year to maintain and mod where you see fit.

Even at $13K these cars are totally worth it. I've owned my car for ten years this July and still absolutely love it.

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