Likes

  • Perfectly balanced aesthetic. Perhaps BMWs best modern performance car
  • Discrete enough to fly under the radar
  • The perfect amount of performance for the road
  • Certain models are relatively cheap on the used market

Dislikes

  • You’ll be late to every appointment because you’ll seek out the best roads
  • Some will have been thrashed, so be aware of abused and modified ones
  • Still European so their reputation for reliability isn’t fabulous.
  • Still European and still a BMW, so consumables, parts and labour will ask a premium

Stuff you should know

The Australian-delivered BMW M2 from 2016 to 2021 is a high-performance sports coupe that has garnered much acclaim for its agility, driving dynamics, and engineering excellence. The vehicle saw several iterations during these years, starting with the M2 Coupe that was initially launched in 2016. This initial version was powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six engine, producing 272 kW (365 hp) and 465 Nm of torque. Transmission options included a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Standard features included a navigation system, rear-view camera, and Dynamic Stability Control among other things.

In 2018, the M2 was updated and rebranded as the M2 Competition. This variant saw significant mechanical updates, including a new S55 engine derived from the M3 and M4 models. This engine upgrade pushed the performance envelope further, now generating 302 kW (405 hp) and 550 Nm of torque. The M2 Competition also benefited from chassis improvements, more aggressive aerodynamics, and bigger brakes. Technology updates were also part of the package, including a refreshed infotainment system and additional safety features like active driving assist.

For the 2020 model year, the M2 CS was introduced as the pinnacle of the M2 lineup. Limited in availability, the M2 CS sported an even more powerful version of the S55 engine, churning out 331 kW (444 hp) and 550 Nm of torque. It also featured exclusive components like a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, adaptive M suspension, and exclusive wheel designs. This model was targeted at buyers looking for a more track-focused driving experience, with a standard 6-speed manual and an optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Throughout these years, technological features such as BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility were integrated or improved upon. Safety features also evolved, with driver assistance packages becoming increasingly sophisticated. Features like lane departure warning, front collision warning, and an enhanced suite of parking sensors and cameras became more commonly available or standard in later models.

In summary, the Australian-delivered BMW M2 from 2016-2021 underwent significant changes, offering multiple variants that catered to a range of driving enthusiasts. From the original M2 Coupe to the track-ready M2 CS, the car consistently delivered high performance, modern technology, and safety enhancements.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

There have been amusing yet unverified claims that the exterior design of the F87 BMW M2 possesses an almost enchanting allure, so much so that it allegedly has the potential to induce a unique form of visual attraction akin to “eye sex.” Strangely, no complaints have surfaced regarding this apparent phenomenon.

Moving on to more tangible concerns, both the front and rear light clusters of the M2 may be susceptible to water ingress and the subsequent buildup of condensation. While this issue isn’t attributed to the car or BMW, potential buyers are advised to inspect the edges of the doors, given their considerable length, for any signs of contact with walls or evidence of scraped-off paint.

Reports have surfaced regarding potential glitches with the rear indicators. Contrary to initial assumptions of a lack of use causing malfunctions, it appears to be an actual fault in some instances.

Interior:

Shifting the focus to the interior, there’s positive news amidst potential concerns. Pre-2018 models may experience issues with the amplifier, leading to speaker crackling, screaming, or other disruptions. This problem stems from a design flaw where BMW placed the amplifier near a vent susceptible to water spray. While amplifier replacements can be pricey, a Splash Water Cover is available as a solution.

Owners have voiced complaints about the horn occasionally ceasing to function. In the realm of technology, iDrive screens in some instances may turn black or exhibit erratic behavior, such as scrolling through radio stations, navigating menus, and even initiating calls to random contacts in the phone book.

Adding an unexpected twist, reports suggest that certain used models may exhibit traces of human flesh squished into the door and grab handles, particularly on the passenger side. While these claims may raise eyebrows, it’s essential to approach them with a dose of skepticism.

Mechanically:

While the N55 and the S55 engines exhibit differences, their common problems align closely.

Notably, oil leaks tend to manifest in vehicles surpassing the 100,000km mark, with common culprits being the oil filter housing, valve cover, and sump gasket.

If the valve cover is removed for any reason, a thorough inspection of the entire PCV system (or crankcase breather) is advised, as any malfunction can exacerbate oil leaks.

Drive belt tension poses a potential issue, with wear leading to the belt running at an angle, creating a distressing noise. In some cases, the mounting bolt may break, resulting in the entire assembly falling off.

The N55’s electric water pump presents a slightly higher likelihood of problems compared to the S55’s mechanical pump. Both engines, however, feature intricate cooling systems with numerous plastic components prone to brittleness over time.

Charge pipe complications may arise, but fortunately, there are

Exterior:

There have been amusing yet unverified claims that the exterior design of the F87 BMW M2 possesses an almost enchanting allure, so much so that it allegedly has the potential to induce a unique form of visual attraction akin to “eye sex.” Strangely, no complaints have surfaced regarding this apparent phenomenon.

Moving on to more tangible concerns, both the front and rear light clusters of the M2 may be susceptible to water ingress and the subsequent buildup of condensation. While this issue isn’t attributed to the car or BMW, potential buyers are advised to inspect the edges of the doors, given their considerable length, for any signs of contact with walls or evidence of scraped-off paint.

Reports have surfaced regarding potential glitches with the rear indicators. Contrary to initial assumptions of a lack of use causing malfunctions, it appears to be an actual fault in some instances.

Interior:

Shifting the focus to the interior, there’s positive news amidst potential concerns. Pre-2018 models may experience issues with the amplifier, leading to speaker crackling, screaming, or other disruptions. This problem stems from a design flaw where BMW placed the amplifier near a vent susceptible to water spray. While amplifier replacements can be pricey, a Splash Water Cover is available as a solution.

Owners have voiced complaints about the horn occasionally ceasing to function. In the realm of technology, iDrive screens in some instances may turn black or exhibit erratic behavior, such as scrolling through radio stations, navigating menus, and even initiating calls to random contacts in the phone book.

Adding an unexpected twist, reports suggest that certain used models may exhibit traces of human flesh squished into the door and grab handles, particularly on the passenger side. While these claims may raise eyebrows, it’s essential to approach them with a dose of skepticism.

Mechanically:

While the N55 and the S55 engines exhibit differences, their common problems align closely.

Notably, oil leaks tend to manifest in vehicles surpassing the 100,000km mark, with common culprits being the oil filter housing, valve cover, and sump gasket.

If the valve cover is removed for any reason, a thorough inspection of the entire PCV system (or crankcase breather) is advised, as any malfunction can exacerbate oil leaks.

Drive belt tension poses a potential issue, with wear leading to the belt running at an angle, creating a distressing noise. In some cases, the mounting bolt may break, resulting in the entire assembly falling off.

The N55’s electric water pump presents a slightly higher likelihood of problems compared to the S55’s mechanical pump. Both engines, however, feature intricate cooling systems with numerous plastic components prone to brittleness over time.

Charge pipe complications may arise, but fortunately, there are ample upgrades available to address such issues.

On standard engines, the turbos are comparable to those in other high-performance counterparts. The S55, with its dual turbos, introduces additional complexity. Regular servicing is paramount to preempting problems.

It’s advisable to disregard dealership extended service intervals and adhere to a more frequent schedule, such as every 10,000km or 5000km for those who engage in tracking activities.

A word of caution is warranted regarding modifications. Poor tunes and questionable alterations have the potential to lead to disastrous outcomes, emphasising the need for a discerning approach when considering any adjustments to the vehicle.

Exterior:

There have been amusing yet unverified claims that the exterior design of the F87 BMW M2 possesses an almost enchanting allure, so much so that it allegedly has the potential to induce a unique form of visual attraction akin to “eye sex.” Strangely, no complaints have surfaced regarding this apparent phenomenon.

Moving on to more tangible concerns, both the front and rear light clusters of the M2 may be susceptible to water ingress and the subsequent buildup of condensation. While this issue isn’t attributed to the car or BMW, potential buyers are advised to inspect the edges of the doors, given their considerable length, for any signs of contact with walls or evidence of scraped-off paint.

Reports have surfaced regarding potential glitches with the rear indicators. Contrary to initial assumptions of a lack of use causing malfunctions, it appears to be an actual fault in some instances.

Interior:

Shifting the focus to the interior, there’s positive news amidst potential concerns. Pre-2018 models may experience issues with the amplifier, leading to speaker crackling, screaming, or other disruptions. This problem stems from a design flaw where BMW placed the amplifier near a vent susceptible to water spray. While amplifier replacements can be pricey, a Splash Water Cover is available as a solution.

Owners have voiced complaints about the horn occasionally ceasing to function. In the realm of technology, iDrive screens in some instances may turn black or exhibit erratic behavior, such as scrolling through radio stations, navigating menus, and even initiating calls to random contacts in the phone book.

Adding an unexpected twist, reports suggest that certain used models may exhibit traces of human flesh squished into the door and grab handles, particularly on the passenger side. While these claims may raise eyebrows, it’s essential to approach them with a dose of skepticism.

Mechanically:

While the N55 and the S55 engines exhibit differences, their common problems align closely.

Notably, oil leaks tend to manifest in vehicles surpassing the 100,000km mark, with common culprits being the oil filter housing, valve cover, and sump gasket.

If the valve cover is removed for any reason, a thorough inspection of the entire PCV system (or crankcase breather) is advised, as any malfunction can exacerbate oil leaks.

Drive belt tension poses a potential issue, with wear leading to the belt running at an angle, creating a distressing noise. In some cases, the mounting bolt may break, resulting in the entire assembly falling off.

The N55’s electric water pump presents a slightly higher likelihood of problems compared to the S55’s mechanical pump. Both engines, however, feature intricate cooling systems with numerous plastic components prone to brittleness over time.

Charge pipe complications may arise, but fortunately, there are ample upgrades available to address such issues.

On standard engines, the turbos are comparable to those in other high-performance counterparts. The S55, with its dual turbos, introduces additional complexity. Regular servicing is paramount to preempting problems.

It’s advisable to disregard dealership extended service intervals and adhere to a more frequent schedule, such as every 10,000km or 5000km for those who engage in tracking activities.

A word of caution is warranted regarding modifications. Poor tunes and questionable alterations have the potential to lead to disastrous outcomes, emphasising the need for a discerning approach when considering any adjustments to the vehicle.

Should you buy it?

Well, look we do really want to say yes, and you know what, we are going to say yes. Some of you might disagree, but after talking to loads of owners, all of them utterly adore their M2.

Like any BMW or really any European car, they do come with their faults and idiosyncrasies, and some owners have had a few major issues here and there but look at it this way, when you look back at holidays or experiences you’ve had, it’s generally the crazy stuff that happened that we think of fondly, it’s surviving the risky moments that brings a smile to your face, that’s the M2.

Yes, there are plenty of more sensible options out there but when it comes to cars that exist to make you feel alive, that car needs to be a little risky, not just to drive, but to own.

So, look sure we’re biased when it comes to the M2 but BMW really has nailed it with this, and now that you can pick good used ones up for as low as $50,000, which is coincidentally around the same asking price as a new Subaru BRZ or Toyota GR86, they make for an incredibly convincing argument.

Well, look we do really want to say yes, and you know what, we are going to say yes. Some of you might disagree, but after talking to loads of owners, all of them utterly adore their M2.

Like any BMW or really any European car, they do come with their faults and idiosyncrasies, and some owners have had a few major issues here and there but look at it this way, when you look back at holidays or experiences you’ve had, it’s generally the crazy stuff that happened that we think of fondly, it’s surviving the risky moments that brings a smile to your face, that’s the M2.

Yes, there are plenty of more sensible options out there but when it comes to cars that exist to make you feel alive, that car needs to be a little risky, not just to drive, but to own.

So, look sure we’re biased when it comes to the M2 but BMW really has nailed it with this, and now that you can pick good used ones up for as low as $50,000, which is coincidentally around the same asking price as a new Subaru BRZ or Toyota GR86, they make for an incredibly convincing argument.

Should you buy it?

Well, look we do really want to say yes, and you know what, we are going to say yes. Some of you might disagree, but after talking to loads of owners, all of them utterly adore their M2.

Like any BMW or really any European car, they do come with their faults and idiosyncrasies, and some owners have had a few major issues here and there but look at it this way, when you look back at holidays or experiences you’ve had, it’s generally the crazy stuff that happened that we think of fondly, it’s surviving the risky moments that brings a smile to your face, that’s the M2.

Yes, there are plenty of more sensible options out there but when it comes to cars that exist to make you feel alive, that car needs to be a little risky, not just to drive, but to own.

So, look sure we’re biased when it comes to the M2 but BMW really has nailed it with this, and now that you can pick good used ones up for as low as $50,000, which is coincidentally around the same asking price as a new Subaru BRZ or Toyota GR86, they make for an incredibly convincing argument.

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

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$30

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Models, pricing & features

BMW M2-1

Pure

Price when new: $89,615

Price used: $50,400 - $55,400

Equipment

  • 12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
  • 19″ Alloy Wheels
  • 7 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
  • Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
  • Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
  • Air Conditioning – Rear
  • Air Conditioning – Sensor for Solar/Sun
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
  • Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
  • Ambient Lighting – Interior
  • Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
  • Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
  • Audio – Input for iPod
  • Audio – MP3 Decoder
  • Bluetooth System
  • Body Colour – Bumpers
  • Body Colour – Door Handles
  • Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
  • Bottle Holders – 1st Row
  • Brake Assist
  • Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
  • Brakes – Regenerative
  • Calipers – Front 4 Spot
  • Calipers – Painted Front
  • Calipers – Painted Rear
  • Calipers – Rear 2 Spot
  • Camera – Rear Vision
  • Carbon Fibre – Interior Inserts
  • Cargo Net
  • Cargo Tie Down Hooks/Rings
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
  • Chrome Grille Surround
  • Collision Mitigation – Forward (Low speed)
  • Collision Warning – Forward
  • Control – Corner Braking
  • Control – Electronic Stability
  • Control – Park Distance Rear
  • Control – Traction
  • Cruise Control – with Brake Function (limiter)
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Differential Rear:- Active/Electronic
  • Diffuser – Rear
  • Disc Brakes Front Vented Drilled/Grooved
  • Disc Brakes Rear Vented Drilled/Grooved
  • Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
  • Driver Attention Detection
  • Engine – Stop Start System (When at idle)
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Exhaust System – Dual
  • First Aid Kit
  • Floor Mats
  • Footwell Lamps – Front
  • GPS (Satellite Navigation)
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Headlamps – Bi-Xenon (for low & high beam)
  • Headlamps – See me home
  • Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
  • Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
  • Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x2
  • Heat Insulated – Windscreen
  • Inbuilt Harddisk Drive
  • Internet Connectivity via Sim Preparation
  • Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Lock Nuts
  • Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
  • Map/Reading Lamps – for 2nd Row
  • Metallic Finish Interior Inserts
  • Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • On-board Computer
  • Performance Brakes
  • Power Door Mirrors – Anti Glare
  • Power Door Mirrors – Auto Dipping (Reversing)
  • Power Door Mirrors – Folding
  • Power Door Mirrors – Heated
  • Power Steering – Electric Assist
  • Power Steering – Speed Sensitive
  • Radio – Digital (DAB+)
  • Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
  • Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
  • Remote Boot/Hatch Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid Release
  • Scuff Plates (on door sills)
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Passenger
  • Seatback Pockets – 1st Row (Front) seats
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
  • Side Skirts
  • Speed Limiter
  • Sports Instruments
  • Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
  • Starter Button
  • Steering Wheel – Sports
  • Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
  • Telematics – Monitoring Service
  • Trip Computer
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring – with logging/display
  • Voice Recognition

M2

Price when new: $98,615

Price used: $53,800 - $59,000

Adds

  • 12 Speaker Stereo
  • Alarm
  • Central Locking – Key Proximity
  • Electric Seat – Drivers with Memory
  • Electric Seat – Passenger
  • Headlamp – High Beam Auto Dipping
  • Headlamps – Active (Cornering/steering)
  • Heated Seats – 1st Row
  • Premium Sound System
  • Seat – Driver with Electric Lumbar
  • Seat – Passenger with Electric Lumbar

Competition Pure

Price when new: $99,900

Price used: $67,500 - $73,300

Adds

  • Control – Park Distance Front
  • Digital Instrument Display – Full
  • Leather Seats – Partial
  • Leather Seats – Perforated
  • Seatbelts – Coloured
  • Strut Brace – Front

Competition

Price when new: $104,900

Price used: $71,000 - $77,100

Adds

  • Headlamps – High Beam Active Shadowing

CS

Price when new: $139,900

Price used: $102,200 - $109,900

Adds

  • Air Conditioning
  • Calipers – Front 6 Spot
  • Calipers – Rear 4 Spot
  • Carbon Fibre – Bonnet
  • Carbon Fibre – Door Mirrors
  • Carbon Fibre – Front Spoiler
  • Carbon Fibre – Rear Spoiler
  • Carbon Fibre – Roof
  • DVD Player
  • Handbrake – Fold Down
  • Steering Wheel – Race/Special
  • Suede Look – Seats Partial
  • Tail Lamps – Tinted
  • Tyres – High Performance/Soft Compound

Tech specs

Body Styles

  • 2 door Coupe

Engine Specs

  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder turbo-petrol, 272kW / 465Nm (Pure 2016 – 2018, M2 2016 – 2018)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder twin-turbo petrol, 302kW / 550Nm (Competition Pure 2018 – 2019, Competition 2018 – 2021)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder twin-turbo petrol, 331kW / 550Nm (CS 2020)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Manual (Pure, M2, Competition Pure, Competition, CS)
  • 7-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (M2, Competition Pure, Competition, CS)

Fuel Consumption

  • 6.7 – 11.6 / 100km (Pure)
  • 6.4 – 10.5 / 100km (M2)
  • 7.5 – 11.9 / 100km (Competition Pure, Competition, CS)

Length

  • 4461mm – 4468mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1854mm – 1871mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1410mm – 1414mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2693mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1495kg – 1575kg (All Models)

Towing

  • Not listed (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • Not tested (All Models)

Body Styles

  • 2 door Coupe

Engine Specs

  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder turbo-petrol, 272kW / 465Nm (Pure 2016 – 2018, M2 2016 – 2018)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder twin-turbo petrol, 302kW / 550Nm (Competition Pure 2018 – 2019, Competition 2018 – 2021)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder twin-turbo petrol, 331kW / 550Nm (CS 2020)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Manual (Pure, M2, Competition Pure, Competition, CS)
  • 7-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (M2, Competition Pure, Competition, CS)

Fuel Consumption

  • 6.7 – 11.6 / 100km (Pure)
  • 6.4 – 10.5 / 100km (M2)
  • 7.5 – 11.9 / 100km (Competition Pure, Competition, CS)

Length

  • 4461mm – 4468mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1854mm – 1871mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1410mm – 1414mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2693mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1495kg – 1575kg (All Models)

Towing

  • Not listed (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • Not tested (All Models)

Body Styles

  • 2 door Coupe

Engine Specs

  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder turbo-petrol, 272kW / 465Nm (Pure 2016 – 2018, M2 2016 – 2018)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder twin-turbo petrol, 302kW / 550Nm (Competition Pure 2018 – 2019, Competition 2018 – 2021)
  • 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder twin-turbo petrol, 331kW / 550Nm (CS 2020)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Manual (Pure, M2, Competition Pure, Competition, CS)
  • 7-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (M2, Competition Pure, Competition, CS)

Fuel Consumption

  • 6.7 – 11.6 / 100km (Pure)
  • 6.4 – 10.5 / 100km (M2)
  • 7.5 – 11.9 / 100km (Competition Pure, Competition, CS)

Length

  • 4461mm – 4468mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1854mm – 1871mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1410mm – 1414mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2693mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1495kg – 1575kg (All Models)

Towing

  • Not listed (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • Not tested (All Models)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

  • 3 years / unlimited km (All Models)

Servicing

  • Unlisted

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