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Old 03-20-2015, 03:09 AM   #1
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Buying E46 M3 - Problems found in Pre purchase inspection

Hi guys,

So, i was looking at a M3 and found one that was close to what I wanted.

I did a pre purchase inspection and found these problems:


1. Oil leak near the exhaust - Change of oil ring?

2. Rear Castor Arm Bushes needs replacement

3. Guibo cracked needs replacement


The mechanic was saying these are all road worthy certificate requirements (needs to be fixed for RWC)


The seller was not to happy to change rear castor arm / Guibo since it cost a lot for labour?


My questions is.

1. are those three problems actually be fixed for RWC?

2. What are the approximate prices on fixing these three things

3. Is this a major problem that I should not buy the car based on these problems?


As always, really would appreciate your feedback and thanks for your help in advance.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:38 AM   #2
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All are RWC items. None are particularly major and to be expected at this age, the newest M3 is now 9 years old. (This won't be your biggest maintenance bill!)
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:41 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply

Are they expensive to replace?

I think the owner is trying to get away without fixing these (somehow) and get RWC.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:59 AM   #4
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1) Oil leak near exhaust,would be constant oil press valve. Screws out with flat head peice
2) trailing arm bushes always wear on M3s. Arnt too hard to change about 2 hours with the right tools
3) guibo cracked another 1-2 hour job. Peice of cake but getting to it is the time consuming bit. Also check your centre bearing while your there

If thats absolutely 100% all thats wrong with it its a very good buy imo,Well dependingon price etc.

Remember though subframe bushes,diff bushes etc will always wear. M3 i bought had only 100k on it and the subframe bushes 3 out of 4 were severely worn,worn out bushes along with the trailing arm bushes etc = more force going through the floor. No floor cracks can be seen?
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:25 AM   #5
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Apparently no cracks on the subframe.
How do you guys do the deposits? Do you just pay through bank transaction? Do you guys get a receipt for the deposit etc?
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:36 AM   #6
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i always write one up. Take down their details including license #.
write what ever you agreed to,get him to sign and yourself,date it and make 2 copies one for you and one for them.
Never had a problem doing it this way,have heard plenty of people leaving deposits....days later they never here from seller again. At the end of the day better to have it in paper then nothing at all
Best of luck man,hopefully everything runs smooth
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:05 AM   #7
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i always write one up. Take down their details including license #.
write what ever you agreed to,get him to sign and yourself,date it and make 2 copies one for you and one for them.
Never had a problem doing it this way,have heard plenty of people leaving deposits....days later they never here from seller again. At the end of the day better to have it in paper then nothing at all
Best of luck man,hopefully everything runs smooth
Hey thanks, I paid the deposit and now about to pay the rest. He won't give me the keys until the bank cheque is cleared. (takes upto three days apparently).

I don't want to pay someone and wait 3 days to get the keys.

How do you guys do it? Did the seller give you the key straight after handing over the bank cheque?
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:16 AM   #8
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Yes. After bank deposit was given, the keys were handed over to me.
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:52 AM   #9
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Offer to go with him to your bank so he can witness the bank cheque being produced on the spot. Exchange on the spot should be more likely... ?

Alternatively if he's adamant on waiting till the funds clear, get him to pay $16 for a special/express clearance of the cheque... usually 1 day turnaround (make sure it's all documented in an updated contract)

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Old 03-27-2015, 06:25 AM   #10
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just wait till it processes. I would do the same as he has done
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:48 AM   #11
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A bank cheque is the most legit type of money - assuming it's actually a legit one. Take him to your bank, get a cheque, go to his bank, bank it. Take keys
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Other thing that I can't get my head around is, the deposit was paid less than a week ago and this guys is pressuring me by saying there's another guy coming from interstate to view the car? WTF? Isn't deposit suppose to be paid so that you have first dip on the car?
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:56 AM   #13
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Agree meet him at the bank and do the transfer there and then or depends whether he banks with the same bank as you, you could do a bank transfer and if your with the same bank funds will appear in his account straight away.

Good luck
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:25 PM   #14
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Other thing that I can't get my head around is, the deposit was paid less than a week ago and this guys is pressuring me by saying there's another guy coming from interstate to view the car? WTF? Isn't deposit suppose to be paid so that you have first dip on the car?
Seller sounds like a dick. Also a bank cheque is guaranteed by the bank, so he should really give you the keys straight away. When someone buys a new car from a dealer and gives them a bank cheque, the dealer hands over the keys straight away and doesn't wait '3 days'.
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If the seller sells the car to the other guy, how do I get my deposit back?
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Old Yesterday, 03:47 AM   #17
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Hey thanks, I paid the deposit and now about to pay the rest. He won't give me the keys until the bank cheque is cleared. (takes upto three days apparently).

I don't want to pay someone and wait 3 days to get the keys.

How do you guys do it? Did the seller give you the key straight after handing over the bank cheque?
Depends....bought and sold a few cars recently...

Some sellers actually wanted the funds to clear 100% before handing over the keys. Technically, bank cheques can actually be cancelled (although the bank will start asking questions and investigate).....that's why sometimes it's just better to pay with cash, no matter the amount.

In one case, I told the seller I'd cancel on the deal if I couldn't get the car on the day...Needless to say, the car was delivered on the same day.

Other one wanted the funds to clear before the car was delivered (apparently he'd be caught out before)....

Really depends on how you discussed/wrote up your agreement...
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Old Yesterday, 10:44 PM   #19
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Hes trying to hurry you along by saying someone else is coming to look at it. If hes untrustworthy, what else is being hidden? Eg about the car
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