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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 09-28-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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High mileage M3 vert

Looking at a 02 M3 vert with 174k, 6 speed. Body clean, no records, interior rough, new tires. Seems to run ok, a little ticky. Convertible top doesn't work. Is it worth 8k? thx
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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Records mean nothing. It's the stuff that was done. Ticking? Probably valves or vanos. Which means no. Assume the car needs $5k worth of work. Is the car worth $13k in perfect condition? Probably not.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:07 PM   #4
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if you going to do the work yourself to repair the issues then maybe. if not spend a little more money.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:15 PM   #5
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You have to understand the S54 is a noisy engine in general. Ticking in these cars isn't normal i would say.....but its not life threatening to the car... It probably needs a valve adjustment. Clean the fuel injectors. Make sure there's no exhaust/vacuum leak. Bushings. Fluids. Gaskets. It will need some work....do it yourself. Or you might as well buy a lower mileage one with the money you will spend on labor. And you should be good until the engine/trans really takes a dump. Which could be forever and ever if it was taken care of
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:21 PM   #6
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Nope.

And my car does not tick. Normal for you maybe.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
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I never said it was normal. Every thread this man is a douche^^^^

If you want it, get it. Just be prepared to do some work to it. Good luck
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:09 PM   #8
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Agreed chris.

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Whats the number making it worth a roll of the dice?

7k?
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:31 PM   #10
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I don't think choxor is a douche. He is actually very helpful.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:25 AM   #11
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Fixing the convertible top could set you back thousands of dollars, depending upon what's wrong. Have a trusted mechanic look at the car thoroughly, give you a list of everything that needs to be done along with an idea of what it will all cost. Don't forget the interior pieces (which you will need to repair or replace). If the total (including your purchase price) exceeds $13K or $14K, look for another car. Keep in mind that an M3 with 174K miles may not be far from a complete engine rebuild (depending upon how it was driven and maintained), and that can mean big money.

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