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Old 05-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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FS Pristine 02 330i 5sp, "total loss" $6000 OBO

In an attempt to keep this as brief as possible, I made this thread to gauge interest for selling my total loss 330i for less of a checkbook hit than the insurance company is offering me.

Two weeks ago, was involved in a <10mph collision involving a SUV that slammed on the brakes after being cut off and consequently ruined my night. Front of the car was fairly damaged, with the front bumper/passenger headlamp and hood all obviously in need of replacement. Insurance adjuster quoted me an absurd amount for aftermarket parts, to which I declined stating I did not want mismatched headlights and possibly ill-fitting body panels on my otherwise "perfect" E46. I returned their offer with a quote from Tischer, showing that it was possible to replace everything listed and save them $200 on top of it. Too good to be true, I learned, as they replied that it was aftermarket or nothing at all.

After much fuss, I agreed with an understanding that any irregularities (fitment, light output/hue) would be corrected at their cost after the repair. When the front end was dismantled at the body shop, the A/C condenser and radiator support were also found to be in need of replacement. I assumed "sure, why not?" but the added $400 sent the car over their limit as a total loss. This hit me pretty hard, as I've put well over 100 hours of my time into the car over the past year. Sweat, blood, tears. Other enthusiasts know the deal, here.

I accepted their declaration, and provided over $5000 in receipts for upgraded components and other forms of preventative maintenance alongside listings for a couple other 330i's that were in nowhere near the same condition as mine. They wouldn't accept the receipts, stated that "shocks are shocks and tires are tires, if it's normally on the car then it doesn't add value no matter how expensive it was." I was insulted when their final offer was in the form of a $7600 check. Less than I paid for the car upon original purchase, and nowhere near what I was willing to accept given its private sale value.

I'm at a crossroads, now. My two options are to accept their low-ball offer, as I'm unable to locate a private appraiser who will give me a realistic number, or to take an even larger hit and part out my baby.

All in all, you're looking at a beautifully conditioned and maintained Bimmer that drives significantly better than the other dozen I've captained (including multiple M3's), that can be restored to its former glory (albeit without identically marked body panels) for a mere $2800 extra. That quote includes parts, paint and labor at any overpriced body shop, and I'm sure it can be further lowered should you look into other parted out vehicles.

I'm the third owner. Previous owner was an electrophysiologist that owned it for the majority of its lifetime. Oil changes were completed every 7.5k or less, and other routine maintenance was always followed. Previous owner replaced all four window regulators, the entire cooling system (as PM at 80k) and never had any other mechanical issues. I purchased the car with intentions to fix the "E46" problems- vanos, cooling, FCABs should they require it; then ended up falling in love with the beast and taking a chunk out of every paycheck to spend time under her every weekend. I honestly don't believe a better E46 non-M was on the road prior to the collision.

Pardon the essay. The maintenance records and blurry cell-phone photographs speak for themselves.

Mileage - 119107

Noteworthy pieces -
Damn near every piece of preventative maintenance already accomplished. CCV has yet to be done, but I have $150 in OEM BMW branded parts on hand to be installed whenever. Bought them with intentions to do it over the winter, but never had any symptoms so decided to hold off til it was warmer out.
I planned on keeping this car forever. It ran beautifully when I purchased it, and it's since been rebuilt.
3.38 Differential salvaged from an '06 330i auto with 37k miles.
Koni FSD (delicious) + Eibach pro kit
Upgraded M3/poly bushings throughout. Zero cabin noise
Practically new Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires, square
OEM BMW Euro clear signals/indicators
OEM BMW E60 shifter/ZHP shift knob
9.5/10 interior, 9.5/10 exterior (most would say 10/10 to both)

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Asking $6,000 for the rig, with absolutely everything included in her current form. No warranties implied. Reasonable offers will be entertained. I don't have the funds to fix her myself, otherwise that would be option #1.

Maintenance record, autocheck report and photos taken throughout the past year all on my Dropbox.


I can be reached here via post/PM, email or phone anytime throughout the day.

Thank you for your time,

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Old 06-30-2013, 12:17 PM   #2
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FS Pristine 02 330i 5sp, "total loss" $6000 OBO

If you part it out I would be interested in the 5spd and all the manual components

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Old 06-30-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:42 PM   #4
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they totaled it for that....you couldn't work out a deal where you bought the $400 dollars in parts on the side to avoid the total? that's what I would have done. GLWS and if the insurance has not totaled it yet...ask if you can buy the 400 dollars in parts or something really anything to save your car since you love it and all.
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