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post #18871 of 26937
I loled at all the unpleasant noises. I don't know if I'm reading this right but it looks incomplete - there should be pages and pages of history on a well maintained 12 year old car

Are you gonna go see the car? I'm curious if they fixed the moonroof (goddamn thing is a pita on e46's), and someone hopefully replaced the RSM's. Other than that the e46 interior gets this really irritating sticky residue as it ages (hopefully he's replaced any of those parts).

Edit: I missed that each entry had a date on it. So there are huge chunks of service life with no records... confused.gif
post #18872 of 26937
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

I loled at all the unpleasant noises. I don't know if I'm reading this right but it looks incomplete - there should be pages and pages of history on a well maintained 12 year old car

Are you gonna go see the car? I'm curious if they fixed the moonroof (goddamn thing is a pita on e46's), and someone hopefully replaced the RSM's. Other than that the e46 interior gets this really irritating sticky residue as it ages (hopefully he's replaced any of those parts).

Edit: I missed that each entry had a date on it. So there are huge chunks of service life with no records... confused.gif

Yeah I'm going to check it out today. The cl ad said it has pages of maintenance history and was owned by a bmw mechanic as well at one point. Lots of maintenance seems to have been done at turner Motorsport.

What are RSMs? Rear strut mounts?

Will repoart back!
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At 125miles my '03 e46 has rattle mostly with the convertible roof. Driven like an asshole for the majority of its odometer life ('07 onward) by me, the stuff Ive replaced at about 60k miles onward includes:

-fuel pump
-valve covers
-water pump
-**the SMG** (almost dumped it here..only replacement cost and irrational sentimentality won the day)
- back suspension
eg


- convertible motor and brackets
- control arms
and Im sure Im forgetting a bunch more. Sensor $repair/replacement has been abandoned so as far as the car thinks im always driving w no airbag+flat tires+check engine LOL

+little aesthetic shit too of course
- repaint front skirt
- new side mirrors glass
- the little side light covers
etc..ie the shit that gets all crappy looking on any old car.

I still love the damn thing though. Id guess FMV around $10k. Two models old it's no longer supercool like it was the first few years, but still a sick ride IMO, esp in summer, and still tons of fun:
post #18874 of 26937
Just got back from checking out the car. Good maintenance history. Had Inspection II done 10k miles ago. Cooling system overhaul. New brakes all around. New-ish tires. OEM ZCP wheels from the e92 with some curb rash. All electronics worked well, including window regulators and sunroof. Guy says the clutch has never been replaced as far as he's aware of.. and it has 80k miles. I find that hard to believe. But there's no sign of slippage.

Interior was a 6.5/10 IMO. Lots of scratches on the plastic trim pieces.

The owner said "full disclosure, I bought this for $18k and with all the maintenance and new wheels, I tacked on the $500, which I think is fair."

LIAR.

I didn't call him out on it yet because I didn't want to talk pricing until the PPI is complete, but overall the car is fairly solid. My target price is $17.5k. I'll also need to buy new wheels and tires for winter driving, so that's another grand or so. Plus sales tax, so another grand there.

That all said.. hmm.. I don't know if I want to buy a car. I only pay for gas right now and I don't like the idea of having monthly payments. I'll probably be spending $500 - $600 a month for the car loan, insurance, and gas, so the question is whether the pleasure of daily driving an e46 m3 is worth $600 a month to me. It's easily affordable given my financial situation, but that's money I can be saving and investing instead. Delayed gratification and all that jazz.. Will need to think this through tonight.
Edited by GreenFrog - 10/25/15 at 12:25pm
post #18875 of 26937
Be a dick and see how far you can get him down, if you can get it down to price where you LOVE it, walk away.
post #18876 of 26937
Decided to sell my car and right on cue, someone sideswiped me as I was backing onto the street. Fortunately it was every so slight (driver's side on the bumper panel) and my cars opticoat seems to have minimized the damage. 90% of the damage was paint transfer that came right off and the rest is close to invisible from more than a foot away. Still, annoying and the other driver insisted that I was in the wrong. My wife was annoyed at how slowly I was backing onto the street and the other car (prius of course) was flying down the street and swerved after cresting a slight hill in order to avoid doing more damage.
post #18877 of 26937
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

Be a dick and see how far you can get him down, if you can get it down to price where you LOVE it, walk away.

Yeah, if you don't really need it and are even having second thoughts about how much you want it... Do this.

Either you get the car really cheap or you get some good negotiations practice for the next time you see something cool.
post #18878 of 26937
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post


That all said.. hmm.. I don't know if I want to buy a car. I only pay for gas right now and I don't like the idea of having monthly payments. I'll probably be spending $500 - $600 a month for the car loan, insurance, and gas, so the question is whether the pleasure of daily driving an e46 m3 is worth $600 a month to me. It's easily affordable given my financial situation, but that's money I can be saving and investing instead. Delayed gratification and all that jazz.. Will need to think this through tonight.

Everything you are saying makes this sound like a no.

Car is not rare. NA M3 coupe (LHD): 26,202 examples produced from 02/01 through 05/06. 26k over ~5 years. That means it isn't hard to find one. Silver over black is about is vanilla as it comes so definitely not hard to find one of those.

This car is still depreciating. Therefore it should depreciate from where the guy bot it. You start getting into the 12-15 area and maybe you see a floor because even salvage title E46 M3s go for that.

Owner is a liar. So what else is he lying about? You're clearly gonna uncover something hidden here. It might not be that bad, but you always have to bank on finding an unknown issue with a used car. And even more so in this case. BMW maintenance is not cheap, you know this from experience.

Are you Woody Allen? Because I don't think I have ever seen someone be so neurotic about a car purchase. You need to first decide if you really even want a car and then what kind of car you want, because you are really vacillating about this a lot.

You're clearly in no rush to get a car. So just wait.
post #18879 of 26937
Car is steel gray, btw. Doesn't change the truth of what you and the others are saying doe

But with that said, I'm a big advocate of buying shit you want and don't need. Even cars. But you've got to love it
post #18880 of 26937
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Yeah, if you don't really need it and are even having second thoughts about how much you want it... Do this.

Either you get the car really cheap or you get some good negotiations practice for the next time you see something cool.

This. Do not settle for a compromise on price or on exactly what you want if you're not in a dire need for something ASAP.

Other cars will come and go so don't get your heart set on anything unless it's either 100% PERFECT (as close as a used car can get to it, at least) or cheap enough that you don't mind spending some more on it to get it there.
post #18881 of 26937
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

cars will come and go so don't get your heart set on anything unless it's either 100% PERFECT.
Well then he should buy dat ZHP
post #18882 of 26937

It is amusing to watch GF waffle so much because I had a lot of that when I was car shopping, but it was for completely different reasons.  I knew I needed to buy one.  It was just a matter of what I actually wanted.

post #18883 of 26937
$600/month to drive a 13 year old car worth $16k? No thanks.
post #18884 of 26937
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Just got back from checking out the car. Good maintenance history. Had Inspection II done 10k miles ago. Cooling system overhaul. New brakes all around. New-ish tires. OEM ZCP wheels from the e92 with some curb rash. All electronics worked well, including window regulators and sunroof. Guy says the clutch has never been replaced as far as he's aware of.. and it has 80k miles. I find that hard to believe. But there's no sign of slippage.

Interior was a 6.5/10 IMO. Lots of scratches on the plastic trim pieces.

The owner said "full disclosure, I bought this for $18k and with all the maintenance and new wheels, I tacked on the $500, which I think is fair."

LIAR.

I didn't call him out on it yet because I didn't want to talk pricing until the PPI is complete, but overall the car is fairly solid. My target price is $17.5k. I'll also need to buy new wheels and tires for winter driving, so that's another grand or so. Plus sales tax, so another grand there.

That all said.. hmm.. I don't know if I want to buy a car. I only pay for gas right now and I don't like the idea of having monthly payments. I'll probably be spending $500 - $600 a month for the car loan, insurance, and gas, so the question is whether the pleasure of daily driving an e46 m3 is worth $600 a month to me. It's easily affordable given my financial situation, but that's money I can be saving and investing instead. Delayed gratification and all that jazz.. Will need to think this through tonight.

 

What happened to the original wheels?  Did he get rid of them?

post #18885 of 26937
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

But with that said, I'm a big advocate of buying shit you want and don't need. Even cars. But you've got to love it

Agree with HRoi that you should buy what you love. Life's short. You can always resell it.
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