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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:45 PM   #1
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Might purchase an m3 help!

So I'm really trying to go for an e46 m3 somewhere in the Los Angeles area,I currently have a e46 325i and I want To step up to the //M. I was thinking Zhp but that'll be if I can't find an m3 for the rite price.
I'm willing to spend at mosttt 19,000$
I know that's pushing it to find a good reliable stick shift m3 hard top but I'm dedicated to finding the rite one maybe some older fella who knows.

but at a price that low am I asking for maintenance issues and problems? Cause if so like I said I'm going to buy a nice 330i but damn I want a real m3
So badly
Suggestions concerns anything helps.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:44 PM   #2
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19k is pushing it... you can get a much nicer one for upper 20's... save up an extra $10k and get a much nicer car. Remember, you might be saving $10k up front, but you'll have to put that back into the car much sooner. A $19k M3 is pretty much still a beater at this point (old, high miles).
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:54 AM   #3
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To many miles

For 19 you're going to have a hell of miles. Not worth it.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:25 AM   #4
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Despite what others say about the price or mileage, the most important consideration is the maintenance history. If you don't have the proof, it didn't happen. Maintenance is paramount in these cars. Then comes mileage, then comes price. You can find well maintained low mileage vehicles that won't break the bank. You have to look around and take your time. Know what you want in the car.

Also take into consideration that the yearly maintenance cost for the M3 is between $1,000 - $2,500. So that has to also be part of your budget consideration.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:37 PM   #5
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19k is pushing it... you can get a much nicer one for upper 20's... save up an extra $10k and get a much nicer car. Remember, you might be saving $10k up front, but you'll have to put that back into the car much sooner. A $19k M3 is pretty much still a beater at this point (old, high miles).
Well let's say it was an 04 w/100,000 miles for 17k you guys think it'd be worth it?
And I'm also okay with it's maintenance yearly cost...but how reliable is an m3 e46 engine? my 325i e46 has been great with me never had problems always up to maitnence With it,like I said what if it werent beaten up on would it still stay a consistently good car performance/reliability
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:58 AM   #6
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I beg to differ that $19k will get you a high high miles car, I bought my 02 with 22,XXX miles for $19,500, its all about searching, I spent a long time looking at cars before I found the right one, yes, my car may be a rare find in some peoples minds, but I've seen plenty of good M's with less than 75k on them for under $22k, you just have to know where to look. I found my car on searchtempest.com which is basically all the craigslists within a given radius of your locations. The right car is out there, you just have to find it.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:50 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=turbo_f22_pilot;13737707]Despite what others say about the price or mileage, the most important consideration is the maintenance history. If you don't have the proof, it didn't happen.

That's not true. Some people, myself included, perform all maintenance themselves. All 6 of my vehicles are very top notch condition, even my 200k mile work car. The proof is in the condition of the car.

OP...look for signs of neglect or abuse, check his other cars, does the seller look financially able the maintain a car like that, how many owners, what region is the car in, has it always been in that region? Check out things like that and if you still feel good about it, buy it.
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Despite what others say about the price or mileage, the most important consideration is the maintenance history. If you don't have the proof, it didn't happen.

That's not true. Some people, myself included, perform all maintenance themselves. All 6 of my vehicles are very top notch condition, even my 200k mile work car. The proof is in the condition of the car.

OP...look for signs of neglect or abuse, check his other cars, does the seller look financially able the maintain a car like that, how many owners, what region is the car in, has it always been in that region? Check out things like that and if you still feel good about it, buy it.
Truest thing said yet, the previous owner of my car had 7 classic muscle cars all in mint and original conditions, they had all the service recalls done, answered every question I had and didn't try to give me the run around. As much of a pain as it can be sometimes, when you look at the car, read every piece of paper that has anything to do with service history, it's worth the time.
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