1988 BMW M3

LocationSan Diego, CA
Engine2.3 liter inline-four
TransmissionFive-speed manual
InteriorBlack leather
SellerDealer consignment

Car enthusiasts all have a different pick for a “perfect driver’s car.” However, it’s safe to say that most would put the E30 BMW M3 in the top five. With a lively engine, five-speed manual, and steering that isn’t matched by any modern BMW, the E30 has steadily gained value as a drivable classic. This moderate-mileage driver quality example has been very well kept, maintained, and is in top mechanical shape. Whether you’re looking to have some Saturday fun in the canyons or turn heads at the local car show, this car will not dissapoint. We are delighted to offer this 1988 BMW M3 with a clean California title and 177k miles.

Main Details:

  • This 1988 BMW E30 M3 was acquired by the seller from the original owner 3 years ago. The original owner purchased this M3 at BMW of San Diego in 1988. Since purchase the seller has stored the car in his collection and exercised it locally in San Diego, CA.
  • The car was resprayed in Diamond Schwarz Metallic during original ownership.
  • According to the seller, the S14 was rebuilt prior to his ownership. Recent compression test shows 185-190psi across all 4 cylinders. Other recent repairs include radiator, belts and engine oil change. Although the engine exhibits a long crank when hot it idles smoothly, accelerates as it should and easily passed California emissions test within the last 90 days
  • Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission.
  • Manually adjustable sport seats equipped with adjustable thigh support are equipped for both driver and passenger. The car does not have the original radio; it has been replaced by a single disc aftermarket head unit with a removable face. Carpet and upholstery are in great shape with some wear on the outer thigh bolsters from entering and exiting.
  • The 5 speed manual transmission was fitted with a new clutch and flywheel during current ownership with documentation within the last 2000 miles. It shifts smoothly and hydraulic clutch engagement feels as it should. The mounts and flex discs appear to be in great condition.


  • The 2.3 liter S14 engine was recently rebuilt.
  • A new clutch and flywheel were added 200 miles ago.
  • 15”X7” BMW style 5 wheels equipped with 205/55r15 Kumho Ecsta tires.
  • Bilstein dampers at all four corners.
  • Original owners manual included.
  • 180-190 PSI on all four cylinders.
  • Non-cracked dashboard included with sale.
  • Suspension joints are in great shape, as pictured below.
  • Original tool kit included.

Seller’s Notes:

  • The car drives extremely well, and tracks straight at high speeds.
  • The currently fitted dashboard is cracked, but a non-cracked one will be included in the sale.
  • Sunroof is functional, but may need a slight adjustment soon.
  • The right rear interior C-pillar trim is missing.
  • Tachometer reads slightly high when cold.

Maintenance and Modifications:

  • S14 Engine was recently rebuilt.
  • Radiator, belt, and fluid service just carried out.

The Facts:

  • Clean California title.
  • 177k miles shown
  • Vin: WBSAK0308J2196777
  • Sold via dealer consignment, meaning California buyers should expect to pay applicable fees such as sales tax.





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Auction startedSeptember 18, 2020 12:00 pm

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  1. jsmotors

    really good auction IMO for a brand new site.
    thanks for all the bids, and watching.
    we will see you on next car.

    J’s motors

  2. jsmotors

    Thank you!

  3. dbakerrock

    @jsmotors great looking car! GLWTA

  4. Brendan

    We have just added photos of the mentioned non-cracked included dash, along with the AutoCheck report. Please view these in the detail gallery above.

  5. jsmotors

    to everyone:
    one more day to go, compare to other sold examples from BAT, we set reserve very reasonable for a nice driver quality single family car,
    never have rust, still original front windshield,
    it’s the first car I post here on the driven exchange and I take it seriously.
    this is an honest car and we have nothing to hide,
    next car from me will be up soon, 190E 2.3-16 will be matching pair for buyer who win this car, LOL
    happy bidding, life is too short to drive boring cars, and too short to just look at people drive fun cars,
    enjoy fun cars in good health everyone !!~~~

  6. jsmotors

    Hi chadd95m3:
    rebuild was done by some BMW/Mercedes specialist here in town according to previous owner.
    shop name should be Minsky, I totally believe the previous owner’s statement, he owned this since new he knows the history.
    however they did it as side cash job and I don’t have any records,
    happy bidding

  7. Brendan

    The seller has just provided us with the Carfax. We have added this to the detail gallery above. Thanks!

  8. Brendan

    @chadd95m3 For specific questions, please use the “Ask a question” button above, which will instantly notify the seller. However, I’ll go ahead and tag the seller here as well so that we can get your question answered as soon as possible. Thanks!

  9. chadd95m3

    any more details on the engine rebuild? What was done, who did it etc?

  10. jsmotors

    Happy Bidding, this is a very honest original San Diego E30 M3.
    Great Driver or restore it to another level.

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