2008 BMW M3 Sedan – Manual Slicktop

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Here is a rare sight: a manual, slicktop E90 M3 for sale with modest mileage and the lighter-weight, better-handling 18″ wheels. Yum.

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As BMW fanbois know, with the E90 (sedan) / E92 (coupe) / E93 (cabriolet), BMW dropped the legendary inline-6 engine for a somewhat scandalous 4 liter V8 motor. Was BMW going Detroit? Not really – the V8 was lighter than the previous 3.2 liter inline 6 from the E46 M3, produced 400 hp, and sounded like an Italian exotic when it revved.

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Besides weak low-end torque (very un-American) and weak rod bearings, it is a marvelous engine, as is the rest of the car. With the E9x generation BMW came back to their senses and offered a sedan again (available in the 1990s E36 generation, but dropped for the E46), and it is certainly the most practical package for making an M3 part of your daily routine.

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This particular M3 is a one-owner California car with 61,000 miles and is listed on Bring-a-Trailer. Wearing “Sparkling Graphite Metallic” paint over a black leather interior, this M3 is really an excellent spec: no sunroof! 6-speed manual! sensible 18″ wheels! No ridiculous BMW front-grill stripes! Buy Now!

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