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Old 07-05-2008, 02:45 AM   #1
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Looking to switch sides...GM to BMW

Changing Sides and looking at purchasing an E46 M3.

I am looking to purchase an E46 M3, and being some what new to the BMW world, I am looking for some guidance for what to look out for on a used M3. I have been around GMs pretty well all my life from an 1987 Buick GNX, to a 2002 turbo and supercharged sunfire (yes both), all the way up to the new addition; a 2007 Lingenfelter twin turbo Z06. I have recently decided that it is time for a change. Both to try something new and because I am starting up a tuner and fabrication shop and it is great I know my domestics, but I have always wanted to get into the BMWs and Benzs. So what better way then to own and work on them?

I have been browsing threw as many M3 forums on the net that I can find trying to learn anything I can to help me in choosing a used M3 best from all the rest. So far, I have been mainly focusing on 01-03 years just for price sake, but the thing that scares me is the recall I have read about on the connecting rod bearings for the 00-03 M3s. Is it going to be a problem if I buy a car that is off its warranty that has not had this fixed? If it is not done, and I take it into a local BMW dealership after I purchase it would they replace it under the recall? Or should I include this in my search and find one that has had the problem looked after already?
Also I have a problem with keeping cars stock, no matter how quick they are in OEM forum. I was wondering if I were to install a supercharger kit how well do the engines take to supercharger? How much is the supercharger going to effect the daily driving of the car and/reliability? I would not plan on going further then a bolt on supercharger kit (ex engine internal work) to start, but I just love boost and I can not get enough of it.

Any way I hope to learn lots here and hopefully some day be able to offer products to you guys.
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:23 AM   #2
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Welcome,

I too switch from GM (87 GN) to a used 2001 LSB M3. I sunk big money into my GN and loved it, but it was time for a change. Iam not sure if my car has the recall fix, but I have had little to no problems with it.
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Old 07-05-2008, 06:22 PM   #3
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Welcome,

I too switch from GM (87 GN) to a used 2001 LSB M3. I sunk big money into my GN and loved it, but it was time for a change. Iam not sure if my car has the recall fix, but I have had little to no problems with it.
nice to see another former GN owner
Any advice or things you found out when you were searching for your M3?
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:09 PM   #4
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If at all possible, have it checked by a BMW dealer or certified BMW repair shop.
I was just fortunate, because I did not have mine checked, but the dealer had a very good reputation. I bought it without going to see it first, and had it transported from New Jersey to Maryland. I was appraised for 41k, and I got it for 31k. I have had it for one year now. I have excessive rear tire ware which I am researching, but over all a great car. Make sure the car has it's regular interval checkup/repairs.
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:58 PM   #5
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Thank you for that. I will probably end up using the car buying as a travel excuse as I live in western Canada and have been looking for a car in the California or Florida areas. Mainly for the reason they do not get snow or rust out, and two they are a lot cheaper then you can get them here. For example a 2002 M3 with 40,000-60,000miles on it goes for about $40,000 here.
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