Fern Green E36: 1999 BMW M3 – $16,500
While it’s not the most creative choice for a hobby car, there’s a good reason why so many enthusiasts still choose the E36 M3 as their weapon of choice for the extra spot in the garage. Lately, prices have been climbing higher and higher, as this 1999 M3 coupe listed here on Craigslist in Washington, D.C. with 155,000 miles and an asking price of $16,500 goes to show. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool shows us that a model in “Good” condition is valued at $22,500, going down to $10,100 for an M3 in “Fair” condition. If you are serious about buying this E36, you can start the conversation by texting Hank at When you do, please remember to mention you saw his coupe featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
For years, the E36 has been considered the cheap and cheerful entry into BMW ownership. They’re known for subpar interior quality, with low-rent materials seemingly held together with the world’s weakest fasteners and glue. The good news is, despite the underwhelming construction, the drivetrains were robust and a hoot to beat around the block. The M3 obviously took that one step further, and whether you go with a 1995-only OBD1 car outfitted with the S50 or a later OBDII car with the more powerful S52 inline-six, you can’t go wrong. The noise, the acceleration, the out-of-the-box handling – these are literally cars that need nothing to be an absolute hoot to drive. It’s the one car I’ll always tell people that a cold air intake is a worthwhile upgrade for the noise alone.
BMW’s very own YouTube Channel offers this well-down video overview of the E36 M3:
The seller’s car is a desirable model not only for being largely stock and with a recent clutch and new headliner, but also because its color scheme puts it as one of just seventy-eight cars configured this way. The paint is known as Fern Green, and it’s equipped with a Sand Beige leather interior. Like most sports cars, the red, black, silver, and white cars reflect the dominant color palette choices, so this ’99 model is sure to stand out at the local BMW Car Club of America gathering. The seller has made only minor modifications from stock, and they’re sensible: for instance, a BSW sound system, which as close as you’re going to get an OEM-like stereo from the aftermarket. Gone are the days of an E36 M3 with this sort of mileage being a cheap purchase; not surprisingly, the seller confirms his price is firm. Good luck with this gorgeous M car should you take it home!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“99 final year e36 M3
Fern green exterior color with sand beige interior
One of 78 examples produced in this paint and upholstery combination.
5sp manual transmission
Fresh all fluids
Upgraded BSW sound system with Bluetooth
Clutch replaced about 10k miles ago.
Passed emission and inspection.
Too many toys some gotta go!
FIRM FIRM FIRM
Bring your mechanic as is.
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