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1999 BMW 323 Ci

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  • Mileage~28,695
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.5L
  • LocationHigh Wycombe


1999 BMW 323 Ci

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

A rare thing indeed, an investor quality E46 that's got long term opportunity written all over it.

One of a new generation of the 1998 3-Series lineup, the 323 Ci coupe was originally one of the high spec cars when it was first launched. The M52 2.5-litre straight-six offered silky smooth delivery with the typical performance and handling virtues associated with the brand. Highly recommended when new, the car has now become part of BMW's legacy.

This stunning example can only be described as close to perfect as you could hope for. With just 28K on the clock, it has still be been used rather than wrapped up in a garage but has the advantage of retaining its original owner, who has kept on top of the cars low demands.

With all the paperwork, history and previous MOTs, there might not be a better opportunity to obtain this up and coming modern classic - one for the long term savvy investor that thinks ahead.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Darren Rungasamy after meeting Sidney the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

The car has never let me down in the 22 years of ownership - I've looked after it like a baby.

Sidney is a man with a passionate interest in motorsports, this car is one in a succession of BMWs owned by him. He hasn't been afraid to use this car but tended to keep it for occasional use only. With the recent upgrade to a new style BMW 4-Series, the car has seen less of the open road and while there is no real reason to sell, Sidney feels it would be sensible to pass the car on to someone else to enjoy its charms.

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Presentation-wise, this E46 coupe is almost flawless - as really is as good as it gets.

Wheels and Tyres

The alloys are in very good condition with just a hint of age and minor wear.

Sidney recently fitted a set of branded Continental tyres - showing just how much he cares for the car. They are all in excellent shape with no suggestion of uneven wear.


The bodywork is in excellent shape, with flush fitting panels, even panel gaps and no evidence of the car having needed any form of repair.

Externally the car has no visual signs of corrosion, with the wheel arches, engine bay, floor pan and boot area looking very clean and solid.

The doors all open and close without effort with no problems noted.


The car has spent much of its life in the owner's garage, with a great deal of care taken when in use. As a result, the Metallic Topaz blue paintwork has retained its lustre and there are no signs of lacquer damage or evidence of damage on the door edges.

The front of the car is remarkable chip-free with very minor signs of wear observed. The bumpers are scuff-free and the mudguards, which were painted after the sale of the car, have been professionally painted.

Glass and Trim

The glass panes, rubber trim and detailing on the car are in excellent condition.


The interior condition simply highlights the cars exceptional ergonomics and quality - this is a near new experience.

Seats and Carpets

There no significant issues to report in terms of the interior - the seats are in excellent condition with no real suggestions of wear.

The carpets and mats are in very good clean condition, with the boot condition following the same script.


The dashboard is completely unmarked, with just the smallest signs of age.

All of the controls, dials and switchgear is functional.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The gearstick and steering wheel as almost as new, with no signs of damage or wear.


With the benefit of its low mileage and fastidious maintenance, the mechanics are as tight as a drum.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine presentation is excellent and it starts on the button every time.

The engine ran and sounded very well with no issues in regards to the exhaust, cooling, electrics or mechanical durability of the car.

There were no signs of any leaks.

Suspension and Brakes

The condition of the running gear is very good, with no issues in regards to the brakes or suspension components. The brakes are in excellent working order with plenty of life left in the components.

The Drive

Sidney assures us that the car drives well, which considering the mileage, is no surprise. The components are tight, with no slackness in any of the components. No noises are reported to come from the steering, suspension and brakes.

Electrics and Other

There is nothing to suggest that electrical components are likely to cause any issues, with everything on the car in working order.

History and Paperwork

This has to be one of the most original E46 cars currently on sale or has been sold in recent history.

As one might expect for a car that has seen something of a charmed life, it has not needed to visit a garage or parts department other than the servicing. Even the MOTs with the exception of a recent pair of tyres come with a distinctive lack of advisories. With this clean bill of health and regular maintenance, the car is also backed up with the addition of its original bill of sales, with the additional specification to confirm the cars total originality.

To conclude the good news, the car comes with a years worth of MOT.

We've actioned our usual checks on the seller, V5 and the car is HPi clear.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
29-06-2021 MOT 28,694
25-06-2020 MOT 28,649
04-12-2019 Service 27,237
08-07-2019 MOT 25,431
09-07-2018 MOT 19,659
10-07-2017 MOT 16,071
07-07-2016 MOT 13,995
15-06-2015 MOT 13,629
13-09-2014 Service 13,193
30-06-2014 MOT 13,000
03-07-2013 MOT 12,382
02-07-2012 MOT 12,164
11-07-2011 MOT 11,341
21-05-2010 MOT 10,765
29-05-2009 MOT 10,566
06-05-2008 MOT 10,271
10-02-2007 MOT 10,268
12-01-2006 MOT 8,480
05-06-2008 Service 7,013
14-02-2005 MOT 7,555
13-09-2003 MOT 6,749
19-09-2002 MOT 5,840
06-10-2001 Service 4,085
Key Details
  • Model323 Ci
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date22.09.1999
  • CC2,494
  • Mileage~28,695
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourTopaz Blue
  • Interior ColourGrey
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WBABM32030EX31243
  • Engine #31319248
  • Last Service04-12-2019
  • RestoredNo
  • Engine RebuildNo
  • MOTYes Exp. 10-07-2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • Former Keepers0
  • Tyre BrandContinental
  • Tyre Age2019/2020
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned22 Years
  • Key FeatureUnique

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£2,010 bid by Summer 21.07.2021 @ 15:19:17

Does your beautiful car have cruise control? You have maintained it so,so well. I sold my lovely E 36 318 over two years ago, for family reasons,( partly a puppy) and have regretted it since!. I may not be able to buy yours but it is great, well done. Derek.


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