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Old 04-11-2011, 07:58 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Dancer View Post
I could have purchased a 2001 330ci recently but I decided that I've waited this long, I may as well get just what I want and I want a 2001 - 2003 Laguna Seca Blue M3. Here is where the advice comes in. I'm very concerned about the VANOS technology and the associated problems with engine recalls etc. I'd just like to hear from experts who can tell me if there are any particular years to avoid or if this is something that can be picked up on a pre-buyers inspection.
The 2001-2002 iirc have a rod bearing recall on the engine. If you find one of those that you want then you want to make sure that the recall was performed.

I have an '04 M3 and the best maintenance I have done to date was to refurbish my VANOS (baseplate, O-rings and VANOS filter) and replacing my VANOS bolts.

The key is to find an M3 that has been well maintained and to keep up on all of the maintenance. I have sent you PM. If you have any question let me know...

Originally Posted by JJR4884 View Post
i would never even want to be seen in that vehicle. i would use my M3 for everything if i had one, or hire people to move **** around
Since my last maintenance, I have been making excuses to drive all over....my M is now much more fun to drive...has more power and sounds mean... I also did the CDV delete....best thing I did...

I agree with you about Laguna Seca Blue but then to each their own
2004 TiAg ///M - 171,000 miles.......................2003 Imola ZHP - 180,254 miles

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