One of my all time favorite BMW cars is the E36 M3. Yes, the original E30 M3 is the icon of the M3 cars; but having driven both the E30 and E36 extensively, the second generation M3 is the better car.

The U.S. spec did not get the S54 engine and instead has the S52 under the hood, but who cares. The real performance feel between the S52 and the S54 is marginal. Yes, I know that sounds crazy but I really feel this way.

The other reason I love the cars is that they are a truly legendary car and, to me, are the equal of the 993 that is beloved by the Porsche crowd, and in fact they were direct competitors on the race track when new. The fact that you can buy a M3 for less than 1/2 the price of a 993 is both stupid and awesome. Stupid because they are great cars, and awesome because that makes them affordable.

The Pick of the Day is a 1999 BMW M3 coupe located in Aiken, South Carolina. The car is in its factory Estoril Blue paint over a grey extended leather interior with factory sports seats.

The seller describes this M3 as a car with extensive previous owner logs documenting service and vehicle lifetime notes as well as the original BMW books, owners audio case, and membership cards dating back his entire ownership. The previous owner purchased it in 2013.

The seller recently completed a $5,000 service to make sure this M3 is road ready. This includes a new steering rack with new inner tie rods and power steering fluid. New front left lower control arm complete with ball joints, new power steering lines, a repair of the drivers seat bolster, new electric fans, new BMW Engine Oil Level Sensor Gasket, new BMW oil pan gasket, new BMW engine and transmission mounts, new BMW engine support, BMW oil dipstick seal are a few more of the updates. Basically, if it wore out it was replaced.

The asking price of this car is what I could call a low $16,480 likely due to the higher mileage, but with the services done this is a higher mile M3 you can drive and enjoy for a terrific price.

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