BMW M Series/Z3 1987-2006 - 2018 Market Review

By: Cliff Chambers

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BMW M Series/Z3 1987-2006

BMW M Series/Z3 1987-2006 - 2018 Market Review

Just a handful of E30 M3s came here as new cars and most were sold for competition use.

When BMW in 1994 was able to grab some ADR compliant E36s they did and for a while premium money was paid every time one changed hands. Those days are long gone and $30-35,000 will buy an excellent E36 or the later E46.

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M5s from 15 years ago were priced when new at more than $200,000 however buyers get nervous about maintenance costs and that helps push even the later E60 model to less than $50,000.

For a badge without the big bills, a decently-maintained Z3 1.9 will cost $8000-12,000.

M3 E30 2.5 $77,665 [3]

M3 E36 $30,350 [16]

M3 E46 $35,845 [17]

M5 E34/E39 $33,800 [7]

M5 E60 $50,385 [12]

Z3 1.9/2.0/2.8 $11,515 [32]

[*] = number of recorded sales

(Note: concours & special cars may demand more.)

Numbers from our 2018 Euro & Brit Car Value Guide.


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