Used Car of the Day: 2003 BMW M3 Convertible

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

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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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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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.

    To anyone reading, if you like these find a better example for a bit more coin. Anyone buying example this is going to be immediately $7-10K in the hole before recon.

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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.

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X As much problems as I had with my '96 Chevy Impala SS.....I would love to try one again. I've seen a Dark Cherry Metallic one today and it looked great.
  • Susan O’Neil There is a good reason to keep the Chevrolet Malibu and other 4 door family sedans! You can transport your parents and other somewhat handicapped people comfortably and safety! If someone can stand and pivot you can put them in your car. An armrest in the back seat is appreciated and a handle above the door! Oh…and leather seats so your passenger can slide across the seat! 😊Plus, you can place a full sized wheelchair or walker in the trunk! The car sits a little lower…so it’s doable! I currently have a Ford Fusion and we have a Honda Accord. Our previous cars were Mercury Sables-excellent for transporting handicapped people and equipment! As the population ages-sedans are a very practical choice! POV from a retired handicapped advocate and daughter! 😊
  • Freddie Remember those ads that say "Call your doctor if you still have...after four hours"?You don't need to call your doctor, just get behind the wheel of a CUV. In fact, just look at one.I'm a car guy with finite resources; I can't afford a practical car during the week plus a fun car on the weekend. My solution is my Honda Civic Si 4 door sedan. Maybe yours is a Dodge Charger (a lot of new Chargers are still on dealer lots).
  • Daniel J Interesting in that we have several weeks where the temperature stays below 45 but all weather tires can't be found in a shop anywhere. I guess all seasons are "good enough".
  • Steve Biro For all the talk about sedans vs CUVs and SUVs, I simply can’t bring myself to buy any modern vehicle. And I know it’s only going to get worse.