Striking in White and Black
The Alpine White finish on this 2002 BMW M3 looks especially striking in contrast with the black-finished kidney grilles, hood and fender vents, and roundels on the wheel center caps. Featuring the original 18” staggered-width M double-spoke alloys, this unmodified M3 looks exactly how BMW intended – potent. The wheels, which show some scuffs and staining, are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza rubber sized 225/45 up front and 255/40 out back.
Sheet metal exclusive to the M3 includes front and rear fascias, the “Power Dome” hood, M-badged fender vents, flared wheel arches and dual-twin polished stainless steel exhaust outlets. Factory equipment includes integrated fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers as well as heated side mirrors, washer fluid and door locks. The headlights show clear lenses and this particular car was upgraded under current ownership with LED tail lamps.
Both the front and rear bumpers have been repainted, the former due to rock chips over the years and the latter due to parking lot scrapes. As seen in the gallery, there are minor scratches on the passenger-side door handle. Per the owner, there is no rust present on this M3 and it has always been parked in a garage.
Highly Optioned, All Original
This 2002 M3 was optioned from the factory with Gray Nappa leather, which wraps the seats and is used on the door panel inserts. The heated front seats feature embossed M headrests, power-adjustability, thigh and lumbar support along with memory settings on the driver’s side. Wear on the bolsters and cushions is documented in the gallery.
Gray continues throughout the cabin, contrasted with a black upper dashboard and aluminum trim on the dash fascia and doors. The leather-wrapped M steering wheel sports M-color stitching and fronts a set of M-branded instrumentation. This includes a fuel level gauge, 185-mph speedometer, 9,000-rpm tachometer with inset oil temperature and coolant temperature gauge. A digital readout screen below, with the odometer, is shown to be operational in the gallery.
Interior amenities include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, automatic climate control and steering column with tilt-and-telescoping adjustability. The original AM/FM/CD stereo is retained, and was upgraded from the factory with a 12-speaker Harman Kardon system. Other highlights include the original shift knob, M3 sill plate covers and clean doorjambs.
Gray carpeting throughout is protected by all-weather BMW floor mats in the cabin and shows well in the trunk, which includes the drop-down factory toolkit. Interior surfaces are in generally good condition with wear on the center console armrest and door handles documented in the gallery.
Strong Running Straight Six
Under hood, in a clean engine bay, is the original 3.2L DOHC 24-valve S54 inline-six that mates to the original six-speed manual spinning the rear wheels with the M Variable Differential Lock. This motor features Double-VANOS variable valve timing and made 333 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque when new, enough for a factory-noted 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds.
Service history, almost from day one, is included with the sale and there are no known mechanical issues with the car. At 58,000 miles, the rear rod bearing recall was performed by a BMW dealership. The most recent maintenance was completed in February 2022, consisting of an oil change, new bolts and bushings for the rear subframe and installation of a replacement rear differential sourced from Bimmerworld.
Located in Laguna Niguel, California, this 2002 BMW M3 has been with the current owner for the past four years, during which 5,000 of the original 109,800 miles have been added. The car was purchased new from a BMW dealership in Arizona before being sold to a family member of the current owner who brought it to California. Since then, it has remained in the same family and received diligent maintenance.
The factory sticker, showing a $50,520 sale price, accompanies the sale of this all-original Alpine White M3. It benefits from known ownership and service history that promises its next caretaker plenty of high-revving fun to come.