View Full Version : For Sale: 1991 BMW E30 M3, 55k miles, $35,000

05-02-2011, 10:50 AM

Photos: http://photobucket.com/FSBMWE30M3

1991 E30 M3
VIN: AE34467
MFG date: 09/90 per door jam decal (see VIN decode below)
In-service (purchase) date: 01/24/92
56k miles
white with original gray leather interior
original S14 motor
VIN decals match on all body panels (including behind the bumper cap on rear quarter panels)

The following description is not intended as a thorough maintenance history, nor even just a summary.

Genuine BMW Motorsport items:

Genuine Sport Evolution rear wing
Evo Spark Plug Wires
Evo Oil Pan Baffle

After Market:

Eibach/Bilstein/Suspension Techniques (with reinforcement plates on rear bar mounts)
BMW E36 timing chain tensioner
B&M short-shift linkage (still have OE linkage)
MoMo shift knob (still have OE)
Ireland Engineering aluminum rear shock mounts (with reinforcement plates & rubber street bushings)
Euro tow-hook covers (+ OE, US-spec black plastic inserts)
Brake Duct vents (+ OE fog lights)
Stainless steel brake lines
Hella high & low beams w/ replaceable bulbs
Coco Mats in front (black with gray flecks); BMW E46 black plush mats in rear

Redline oils in the gearbox & differential. Royal Purple 20W-50 in the motor. Prior owners also used Redline gear oils and either BMW or Redline motor oils. There is record of 11 oil changes, including the 1200-mile break-in service.

Functioning, cold A/C (original R-12 Freon system, ie NOT converted to run R-134a refrigerant).

Among the many items in the service records are the following maintenance highlights:

Numerous coolant & brake flushes, 4 new fuel injectors, new BMW muffler, new O2 sensor, full set of engine & transmission mounts, new subframe bushings, 2 fuel filter replacements, new OBC light bar, new engine coolant temp sensor, and multiple trans & diff flushes - all with Redline products.

Will be sold with OE factory (BBS) 15" wheels. Also includes various extras, including but not ltd to a nearly compete set of new water hoses, car cover, and Colgan hood protection.

Everything works, non-smoking, all 4 original keys with serial tag, complete booklet set, full parts & service records dating to 10/93 @ 16,028 miles, plus a few early (1991-93) oil change stamps in the service booklet. Clear TX title in-hand. Garaged and covered.

Parts available separately:

BMW Motorsport E3 intake and E2 exhaust camshafts (p/n's 11311317005 & 11311312131)
BMW Motorsport E3 intake trumpet (p/n 11611315264) MSRP $500+
BMW Motorsport E3 exhaust header (p/n 11621311877) a.k.a. "Gruppe A Rally Header" MSRP $2900+
SuperSprint exhaust center resonator
Custom Conforti DME chip for running the above items

A brief history of ownership, as per books, records, and personal experience:

01/24/92: David buys new @ Gebhardt BMW (Boulder, CO)
Late '93: Mike buys the car. Time split between SF Bay Area & Boulder.
April '02 @ 48k mis: Jack buys from Mike, drives it to suburban Chicago.
Sept. '02 @ 51k mis: I buy the car from Jack, who was forced to sell due to int'l job transfer. Transport to Texas via truck.

VIN long: WBSAK0314MAE34467

Type code AK03
Type M3 (USA)
Dev. series E30 ()
Line 3
Body type LIM
Steering LL
Door count 2
Engine S14
Cubical capacity 2.30
Transmision HECK
Gearbox MECH
Colour ALPINWEISS 2 (218)
Upholstery SILBER LEDER (0292)
Prod. date 1990-10-02

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05-02-2011, 10:56 AM
Great car. Low mileage. Good luck with the sale.

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05-02-2011, 11:17 AM
Wow, we are 20 cars apart :)

I am AE34447

05-02-2011, 11:30 AM
Wow, we are 20 cars apart :)

I am AE34447

Funny, I always look at that too. I think yours is closest I've ever seen. What's the story with yours and where are you?

05-02-2011, 11:36 AM
Boston area. Looks just like yours, AW and Gray interior 70ishK miles. Mostly stock, but does have H&R races on.

I saw that pic of the car with a bunch of people around it on S14 BTW. Speaking of S14... don't go to the off-topic section... it's explossive...

05-02-2011, 11:45 AM

Good luck with the sale!

06-19-2011, 09:48 AM
Mark, how's the sale going with this one?

06-19-2011, 09:58 AM
Sounds like a great car. Hopefully you get what you want.

Tapatalk... It's what the doctor ordered.

06-20-2011, 05:59 AM
Mark, how's the sale going with this one?

Still for sale. It was listed in the BMWCCA online classifieds but that part of their site has been taken down in advance of a comprehensive new site launch later this week. Not sure if that means I'll have to resubmit the ad but either way I don't expect any real action until the ad hits the Roundel print edition. I have had success selling special interest models there in the past.

Hopefully the new classifieds won't be quite as well hidden as they were on the current (soon to be former) BMWCCA.org.

Factoid: as many BMWs as I've sold over the years, all have gone to out of state buyers. Which is a little odd considering I live in the 4th largest metro area in the country (DFW, TX).

86 325es: AZ
88 M5: CA
95 M3: CO
88 M6: NY
01 330i: VA
Z1: IL
Z1: CO
Z1: CA
01 530i: GA

06-20-2011, 07:31 AM
Nice little factoid there. And, yes, I bet you'll have better luck with Roundel.

Question: what are the guys over at s14.net saying? They're usually all over well-sorted, low-mileage examples.

06-20-2011, 08:03 AM
Question: what are the guys over at s14.net saying? They're usually all over well-sorted, low-mileage examples.

Only a few replies. One kid busting balls that I'm selling with its OE 15" wheels, which for 99% of potential buyers will occupy garage space once the new owner fits it with whatever floats his boat. The rest are "nice car, GLWS, etc." No recent replies. Despite the economic climate of the past few years, prices for nice examples have risen and many on that site are dreamers who can only hope to get into a (non-M) E30 for high school graduation. Nothing against non-M E30's -- I use my '87 325is all the time, love it.

In this market watcher's opinion, the E30 M3 will continue to rise in value due to the usual mix of supply, demand, and demographics. Most of those who love 'em are not yet in their prime earning years. Once the bulk of E30 M3 buyers are empty-nesters with significantly more discretionary income than they have now, prices will skyrocket. I can envision examples like mine at $75k (today's dollars) by end of this decade.

06-20-2011, 08:13 AM
Mark, that would not surprise me about prices. Attrition is also in your favor. It's getting more and more difficult to find a car like yours. When I was looking for E30 M3s, I should have raised my budget to about $25,000. I would not have had to deal with all of the pathetic sellers in the $20K range. There is a real delineation once you get to $25Kish and above versus the stuff below that price.

06-20-2011, 08:54 PM
Is your car still available? I am in south texas. Mature and very interested

06-22-2011, 06:42 AM
Indeed it is. T-minus 24 hours until the new BMWCCA.org site goes live. Will be interesting to see what they've done with the classified ad section.

EDIT: BMW Club keeps delaying launch of new site.

08-01-2011, 01:28 PM
Mark, any luck on the sale front?

08-01-2011, 02:32 PM
Not yet. It didn't make the July Roundel magazine but it'll be in the Aug issue.

And for S's & giggles, I put it up on eBay as a Buy it Now. A little over 2 days in, the stats are amazing: nearly 1400 page views. Let it not be said eBay doesn't deliver the eyeballs...

08-01-2011, 04:04 PM
No doubt.

06-05-2012, 01:26 PM
Bump. Still available. I haven't exactly had my butt in gear on this but I think I now know what I want next as a replacement. Tho it's sure hard to beat an E30 M3 as a relatively affordable weekend fun car that's also appreciating in value. I think it'll be in the June Roundel magazine classifieds. If any of you have your June issue yet, have a look.