I found BMWFS is very conservative with the residuals with the M3. The reason is they don't want these cars back at turn in. I have owned now 3 M3s, 2 E46 M3s and my current 2011 E92 M3. My 01 and 04 M3 I sold 3 mos. before lease end and put money in my pocket. My 01 M3 had a residual of $29K, sold it for $35K. My 04 had a residual of $31K and sold it for $38K, and they were easy sales. My residual on my 2011 will be right at $40K and I think I can sell my 2011 E92 M3 now for high $40K range to low $50k.
2013 M3 Coupe-MR/BLK ZCP, ACM test pipes, BPM Stg2 dev. tune and Megan catback, more to come
Previous rides: 2011 M3 Coupe-MR/Blk
2007 Porsche 997C2S Speed Yellow/Blk sport seats
2004 BMW M3 Imola/Blk