Looked at an M3 tonight...

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Looked at an M3 tonight...

Postby theguvnor » 21 Aug 2016, 18:45

Okay, those of you that went to the Runway car show extravaganza may be aware that Ruth had a ride in Smithy's M3 and now needs one like a Kidney. Looked at an E46 vert 3 miles from us. Fella has had it a short time but is buying a house so it's going. Brand new branded tyres on the rear, decent tread on the fronts. New OEM discs and pads all round, plenty of main dealer stamps including the running in. He's a manager at Kwik Fit, and he's willing to stick it on the ramp to inspect it. New miltek cat back exhaust. Couple of car park dings, nowt major. Had a proper good mop so no swirl marks, just the usual age related chips. The cover for the hood has gone slightly funny where one of the roof Pistons leaked ( now fixed ) is the mots major visible flaw. Took some pics. Probably looking at 9k with the dents done. What ya'll think? Fella seemed straight to me, openly showed all the body work flaws and saw pics of discs going on and the miltek.

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Wheels are reps but in mint condition.
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Re: Looked at an M3 tonight...

Postby theguvnor » 21 Aug 2016, 18:46

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This is the mark from the hydraulic oil leak
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Re: Looked at an M3 tonight...

Postby smithy » 21 Aug 2016, 19:01

Looks nice how does it drive and did it change through the gears ok no signs of sluggish and jerks and did it rev ok one of the main areas is the sub frame has he or does he know that this has been done as this could be 1000 quid if found out its cracked :( if he is willing to put it on ramp then take him up on it but sounds to me he has nothing to hide what the mileage ! glad I got Ruth to talk you into getting one :)
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Re: Looked at an M3 tonight...

Postby lizzie » 21 Aug 2016, 19:28

Looks a nice one ... You should have bought mine ......


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Looked at an M3 tonight...

Postby theguvnor » 21 Aug 2016, 19:38

Thanks for the advice Smithy, and the added expense!! Lizzie yours was the right car at the wrong time !! The one that got away....just checked insurance. The same as Ruth's 118, except excess higher! Test driving tomorrow, having to sort one day insurance . He took us for a drive, stereo off no suspension squeaks or groans. Doors just a bit rattly when shutting them .It's just under 100k miles
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Re: Looked at an M3 tonight...

Postby M60NJP » 21 Aug 2016, 19:48

Price is OK - shame about the rep wheels (or does he have the originals?. Would you recognise the subframe tear (I wouldn't). I'd blow £150 on a good indie inspection and make it a condition of buying.
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Re: Looked at an M3 tonight...

Postby theguvnor » 21 Aug 2016, 20:08

He's got the upgrade OEM 19" it came with. To be honest they look good....even though they are reps prefer to the OEM upgrades. Will look into the inspection, must admit I wouldn't know what to look for!
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Postby M60NJP » 21 Aug 2016, 20:16

'Other' Matt prince did some very thorough investigations before buying his so may have some useful input?
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Re: Looked at an M3 tonight...

Postby Ngy » 21 Aug 2016, 22:38

Things to check for:

- running in service has been done, should be around 1500 miles
- service history Inc making sure the correct oil was used. Also handy to know when the next service is as an inspection 2 is costly.
- has the vanos been done or does it need doing?
- has the head gasket been done or does it need doing?
- rear subframe mounting points... looking for cracks where the subframe bushing meets the underside of the car, most common to go is the front left mounting point (I think). Repairs can be upwards of £1800 for a really thorough job or £1000 for a less thorough.

Other expensive and important items are tyres and brakes. I just bought new tyres for mine and they weren't cheap, plus I did a suspension refresh Inc new arms bearings, bushes, brake discs and pads, bolts, brackets, shocks and springs, track rods and ends, cost well over £1500 and that was fitting it all myself.

The wheels look good, most run reps off the m3cutters site, after a set myself tbh. I'd change out the black indicators though, aside from that looks a good car, interior looks great.

Best of luck with it whatever you decide. There is no such thing as the perfect m3, there will always be things that need done, but driving it makes it all worth it!
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Re: Looked at an M3 tonight...

Postby theguvnor » 22 Aug 2016, 06:11

Thanks for the extensive advice! With regard to the vanos and head gasket, I take it if there's no sign in the paperwork of them being done it's something I'll have to budget for in the next couple of years? Are there signs either need doing ?
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