BaT Auction: 1997 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed at No Reserve

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This 1997 BMW M3 coupe is finished in Arctic Silver Metallic over light grey leather and has 162k miles. The car has been registered in the San Francisco Bay Area from new, and work during the seller’s ownership included the installation of new Bilstein shocks/struts and suspension bushings. Power comes from a 3.2L S52 inline-six paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. This E36 M3 is now being offered at no reserve with service records, a clean Carfax, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

The exterior is finished in Arctic Silver Metallic, and the included Carfax is free of prior accidents or other damage. Flaws include a ding on the driver’s door, a few smaller paint imperfections, cracked fog light housings, and some wheel scuffs. A new windshield was recently installed.

BaT Auction: 1997 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed at No Reserve

Less than 3k miles ago, the seller had new suspension bushings and Bilstein shocks/struts fitted. Factory 17″ alloy wheels remain equipped, and are currently mounted with Kumho Ecsta tires. Each corner is detailed up-close in the photo gallery below.

BaT Auction: 1997 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed at No Reserve

Inside, this M3 features manually-adjustable Vader seats covered in light grey leather. A tear is present in the driver’s outer bolster, and the seller mentions a smaller crack in the driver’s door card, and that the headliner is beginning to come loose. Each of these items are detailed in the gallery.

BaT Auction: 1997 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed at No Reserve

The factory stereo system, steering wheel, and shifter remain present as shown above. Equipment includes automatic climate control with A/C, a power sunroof, onboard computer, power windows/mirrors/locks, and more. A faulty radio potentiometer makes it difficult to adjust volume, and the emergency brake light is currently on. Around 12k miles have been added by the seller since their purchase in January 2016.

BaT Auction: 1997 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed at No Reserve

In stock form, the 3.2L S52 inline-six produced 240 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Shortly after purchasing this car, the seller had several leaking seals and engine coils replaced. An engine oil service was performed within the past 3k miles, and the car passed a California emissions test earlier this year.

BaT Auction: 1997 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed at No Reserve

Service records date back to previous owners. The seller has reportedly spent ~$4,500 on recent maintenance, including the aforementioned suspension upgrade and engine servicing.

BaT Auction: 1997 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed at No Reserve

Additional underside pictures are provided in the gallery, and show off the yellow Bilstein shocks/struts.

BaT Auction: 1997 BMW M3 Coupe 5-Speed at No Reserve

The accident-free Carfax reports three California owners and consistent odometer readings from new. Several service history records are also listed.

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