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Old 11-16-2013, 07:07 PM   #1
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What's the thoughts on buying an imported E46/92 M3? There seems to be a few e46 imports popping up on car sales with manual boxes wich interest me but can't help feel they should be 10-20% cheaper than locally delivered.

I assume resale would be harder, and they tend to have no sunroof, what other issues would there be with an import?
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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What's the thoughts on buying an imported E46/92 M3? There seems to be a few e46 imports popping up on car sales with manual boxes wich interest me but can't help feel they should be 10-20% cheaper than locally delivered.

I assume resale would be harder, and they tend to have no sunroof, what other issues would there be with an import?
Lack of verified service history, no stolen vehicle / write off checks etc. etc.

Safer option would be to go for a locally delivered SMG and convert it to manual.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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A good fried a dad imported a e46 m3 smg no roof for $20k on the road in Australia. I personally believe 30k should be the tops for any import no matter what kms or condition
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:51 PM   #4
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I sincerely wish mine didn't have a sunroof. A sunroof = steel roof instead of aluminium + the sun roof and motors etc. Or an extra +20kg directly above your head. Counter-intuitive to a car where a low COG is the aim. The article in the weekends drive about odometers being wound back in imports should put paid to any interest I would think.
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:30 PM   #5
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I sincerely wish mine didn't have a sunroof. A sunroof = steel roof instead of aluminium + the sun roof and motors etc. Or an extra +20kg directly above your head. Counter-intuitive to a car where a low COG is the aim. The article in the weekends drive about odometers being wound back in imports should put paid to any interest I would think.
Yep, also pretty easy to wind kms back on Australian E46's. Although you are limited to the km value of when you purchased the car + a reasonable amount for the time of ownership.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:34 AM   #6
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Insurance is generally more as well...


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Old 12-02-2013, 03:22 AM   #7
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Yep, also pretty easy to wind kms back on Australian E46's. Although you are limited to the km value of when you purchased the car + a reasonable amount for the time of ownership.
Declan could you expand on this a little. Are you suggesting that aussie (or even imported) M3's with the digital odometer have been wound back?

Re the imported M3's - Is there no way to confirm service history, recalls performed, accident history etc from the other country e.g. email BMW UK to seek records?
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Declan could you expand on this a little. Are you suggesting that aussie (or even imported) M3's with the digital odometer have been wound back?

Re the imported M3's - Is there no way to confirm service history, recalls performed, accident history etc from the other country e.g. email BMW UK to seek records?
Yes.

Sure you can check overseas records if you're really resourceful but it obviously has it's risks.


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Old 12-26-2013, 06:34 AM   #9
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Guys, insurance is exactly the same for an imported M3 as it is for an Australian delivered car.

As long as the model exists in Australia and was imported by the manufacturer there are no extra insurance costs and you do not have to declare it as an import.

Other imported cars such as grey imports that never existed in Australia, then yes they incur extra charges.....as the manufacturer does not carry the parts for those cars locally normally, so they cost more to repair hence more to insure.....simples!

If a car is imported from another country it is very easy to check service history by checking with say BMW UK or wherever it was imported from. You can also verify history by checking with the garages or dealers that serviced the car listed in the service book.
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Old 12-28-2013, 01:29 AM   #10
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Re: Imported m3 value

The only way you can import one to have it registered, Is to have owned it yourself overseas and then bring it in as a personal import, unless there is a small amount built and sold in the uk before they were sold here, just like s15 silvias built in 1999.

I imported mine as a race only 12 months ago and cost me 16.5 on its own and 24k landed.



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Old 12-28-2013, 04:23 AM   #11
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A friends dad just imported 2 without sunroofs. He was able to get them registered due to supposably Australian delivered cars came with them standard? A lot of work though.
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A friends dad just imported 2 without sunroofs. He was able to get them registered due to supposably Australian delivered cars came with them standard? A lot of work though.
What? My aus delivered manual M has no sunroof.
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