Purchased June 2016

LCI M3 Convertible

Year: 2012

Exterior: Speed Yellow (BMW Individual)

Interior: black leather with yellow stitching (BMW individual)

Transmission: DCT (dual clutch transmission)

Details: Purchased with 51k miles on it, I’m the 2nd owner.  The car led an interesting life, selling new in Las Vegas but used as a dealer demo.  The story I heard from the 1st owner Christian is that the original buyer who ordered it backed out and it sat on the showroom floor for 6 months or more.  I just know it wasn’t sold and registered until June 2013 (pictures are included below from Christian the day he bought it in Vegas).

Funny, I even found a message thread about my car that you can read here.  It’s funny to read some of the comments, not a lot of fans of the yellow but I love it.  I’ve included some screenshots that are particularly interesting.


Some of the specs and all of the options this car has are listed here: https://bmwmregistry.com/detail.php?id=14667

  1. 19-inch ZCP alloy wheels in black
  2. M Performance exhaust
  3. Carbon fiber splitters
  4. Carbon fiber mirror covers
  5. M Performance steering wheel
  6. M Performance pedals
  7. BMW Individual illuminated door sills
  8. Black kidney grilles

I also added the interior trim pieces painted to match the Speed Yellow exterior (in place of the factory sycamore wood trim).

2016 Road trip: Tennessee to Minnesota

I picked the car up in June 2016 and drove it from the independent dealer in TN back to MN, about 900 miles over 2 days, all with the top down!  It was glorious.  Along the way I stopped and visited my Mom in Indianapolis and then stopped by my alma mater Purdue on the way from Indy to Chicago.  In Chicago I visited my friend Jeff before the final leg to MN.

2017 paintwork and new carbon splitters

After I bought the car I wanted to repair damage to the front splitters which were broken badly from parking lot/curb scrapes over the years.  In addition the front of the car had many rock chips through the beautiful Speed Yellow paint which showed a weird kind of orange underneath.  I assume this has to do with how BMW painted the car.  Also the passenger side front fender appeared to have been painted for some reason, and the passenger side lower sill/rocker had taken a slight hit behind the front wheel and was misaligned.  So I had all this redone and new carbon fiber splitters installed, along with a clear bra paint protection film.

Due to the abuse the front bumper encountered the front fender liners were also torn and the fabric engine undertray that fails on all E9x M3’s was in poor shape.  So I had all of this replaced with new at the same time.

Misc Pictures

Over the past few years of ownership I’ve enjoyed driving the car (twice) to Road America in August with my son for the IMSA Weathertech sports car race, and we use it frequently around town in the summer to go places


June 8th, 2020

Decided to do some glamor shots of the E12, E28, and E93.  Check out the respective sections for the pictures.   Thanks to Josh at Dynamic Photowerks for all the time and patience with doing the long shoot of 3 cars!

April 2021

At 64k miles it was time to do the engine rod bearings for peace of mind.  At the same time, because I love BIG BRAKES, I had AP Racing Brakes installed front and rear that were purchased from Essex.  They barely fit behind the 19″ ZCP wheels!