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Old 07-28-2016, 02:31 PM   #1
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2001 M3 65K-Questions

I am considering a 2001 M3 convertible with 65k miles. Never owned an M3.
I need to know what questions to ask and what records to look for.
What to look out for etc.
Appreciate any help...Thank you!
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:13 PM   #2
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Service/maintenance records , at 65k inspection 1 & 2 should have been done along with recalls done " Rod bearings " , get a PPI , even though it is a vert get the subframe areas inspected , also it being 15+ years old there might be a lot of preventative maintenance to be done if not addressed yet , rubber and plastic deteriorate over the years also look into the Vanos I'm not sure if there was a recall on that . Good luck and there is tons of info on this forum if you search , enjoy .
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:28 PM   #3
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There are many, many, many threads that answer these exact questions. Read them.

Records are worthless unless you know what you are looking at/for BEFORE the sale. Just having records is worthless.

PPI. PPI. PPI.
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Old 07-28-2016, 04:32 PM   #4
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happydad62 , to help answer the question asked I posted what I know above and records show the cars history , it show you what has been done like inspection I & ll "valve adjustments", regular oil change cycles and maintenance that has been done . Though a PPI is of the upmost importance it does not show you what has already been done in the past 15 years , so just records by themselves is not worthless then again they are not adequate either , the perfect scenario would be to have a service history along with a PPI that would give you a peace of mind , and even then your water pump " for example " could give out tomorrow .
My opinion is just that , mine and I would not get a 15 YO car for 14-20k$ without service / maintenance records and of course the PPI not to mention the mechanic doing the PPI could give the records a look and find/give good info during the pre-purchased inspection . Again good luck with purchase .
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Old 07-28-2016, 05:09 PM   #5
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Thanks Guys-appreciate the help.
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Definitely check if your carseats fit in the back. You'll need to take the little ones out for an occasional zoom zoom.
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Old 08-15-2016, 02:46 PM   #7
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I just bought an 01 M3 CV with 74K miles on it. The first thing I did was to get a Service History from BMW. I then ran a CarFax and a AutoCheck report. Finally, when I was happy with the them, I had the seller bring the car to get a PPI done and made it clear to the shop to not miss the subframe and Vanos check. I am in NJ and I bought my M3 from TX, which is what I was looking for since it had no rust on it. Are you able to physically see/drive the car in-person or is this a long distance transaction?

This thread was a LOT of help: http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=189390
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