Used Car of the Day: 2003 BMW M3 Convertible

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 2003 bmw m3 convertible

It's spring, the weather is getting nicer, so I figured why not feature a convertible today?

This one is a 2003 BMW M3, and it's a stick.

This six-speed manual Bimmer has a tick over 105,000 miles on the clock, has apparently been well-maintained, and is in Kentucky. The asking price is $17,000.

It does have some minor cosmetic damage and the convertible hardtop needs some work with the headliner. Oh, and the TPMS light is on. There are some minor mods -- including a short-throw shifter -- but the car is mostly stock.

The car has heated seats, Snow Belters. The link below has the CarFax report.

Give it a look-see here.

[Images: Seller]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Mar 09, 2023

    "and the convertible hardtop needs some work with the headliner."

    Which will likely require many thousands of dollars to remedy.

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Mar 09, 2023

      Lexus != European marques. The SC430 likely has the best overall design and materials of any hardtop convertible in the period, and even a swap of it may require realignment or resetting of the sensors. Now go and do the same with Zee Germans or even Volvo (MKI sources a German made roof, ask me how I know).

  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Mar 09, 2023

    The headliner is not some kind of complicated mechanism. Plenty of DIYers have refurbished the headliner on these hardtops. Even professionally done it won't be "many thousands."

    The hardtop is rare and has a lot of value on its own.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Mar 10, 2023

      You know more about BMWs than I so I'll take that as true... the many thousands come in when the roof malfunctions but that's any Euro 'vert.

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