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Hi guys, after some consideration I am thinking to get an M3 which has done as posted - 106k on the clock in exchange for my 2002 51 silver 330ci M sport Coupe currently 59k. Or any M3 for around the 100k +/- mileage for the 10-11k range. I'm only gonna do ~ 6k max per yr so I would like some pointers to look out on the M3 always a gd for negotiating ;)
 

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106,000 :confused

That's barely run in:rofl We're talking BM's now so no need to worry when you see these sort of mileages:thumbsup

Be sure that the car has full dealer or Independant BMW serice history and you will be fine. Also, Is there any warranty on the vehicle?
 

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Im not saying A20 is wrong with high mileage beamers they do last their time, but to be honest with that sort of mileage on a BMW M3 it would most likely have had the craps kicked out of it all the time and with everything starting to wear usually on the 100k mark you may begin to have plenty of problems with it
 

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Im not saying A20 is wrong with high mileage beamers they do last their time, but to be honest with that sort of mileage on a BMW M3 it would most likely have had the craps kicked out of it all the time and with everything starting to wear usually on the 100k mark you may begin to have plenty of problems with it
Lambda sensors and bushes, Tyres, Brakes possibly even clutch?

Most high mileage cars are motorway cars anyway driven by drivers who don't use them to their potential:thumbsup
 

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I heard that the earlier M3s 2000-2003 have some rod bearing issues or something like that I've read - is that not an issue and the double vanos being a problem? Anyway I'm not gonna redline it - don't drive like that anyway - but just want the power when needed...yeah some say well why get an M3 then just keep the 330...etc... but I did set my heart on one when getting the 330 but it was the funding that got in the way (should of bought this yr as I paid 9.5k for the 330 last july - Do'h!).
So I got two responses now - can anyone else reassure me to go for one or should I stick with my 330?
 

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Hi mate,

Im in the same boat.... have always wanted the E46 M3 and got my 325 as a bridge until i turn 25 in May.... I do love my car but the M3 is something i feel like i have to have so iv been keeping my eye out.. you also mentioned about buying your 330 at the wrong time... i paid 18000 for my 325 last year so iv lost a fortune so know what you mean on that to!!

Im gonna spend about 14000 on one in May.... personally i think that sort of mileage on an M3 is a bit high in terms of things will start getting a little loose and worn out... the way i see it you may get it then things start going wrong and you end up spending a couple of grand getting it fixed.. by that time you may aswell have spent a bit more on car with lower miles!

Just my opinion but go for it... i am!!! ... Found these for you so you can see there are lower mileage ones in your price range :thumbsup

The silver one with 67k and the black one with 31,000 miles then it will leave you enough to get the 19's!!!

http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-u...e=lu1+3nz&radius=1501&showMoreOptions=&page=4
 

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Fwiw, When I had my 95' M5 years ago, bought it with 15,000 miles FBMSH from BMW approved used cars. I was driving from the Midlands > Luton/Swindon everyday! Even when it shot past 115,000miles, having had thousands spent in routine BMW services it was running like a gem. But I kept all the invoices to record whats been done and when.

Troubel with M3's is that they are yuppy cars IMO, too many fall into the wrong hands. So my theory is this;

don't be put off by mileage, but go for cars with few owners thats have been correctly serviced according to schedule ideally @ BMW or the likes of a specialist BMW/M garage.

Anything with gaps between the services, extended service schedules etc = best avoided. This was you can be sure that you are not getting something that's been bought buy someone who could not afford to maintain it.
 

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don't be put off by mileage, but go for cars with few owners that have been correctly serviced according to schedule ideally @ BMW or the likes of a specialist BMW/M garage.

Anything with gaps between the services, extended service schedules etc = best avoided. This was you can be sure that you are not getting something that's been bought buy someone who could not afford to maintain it.
That's the way to put it:thumbsup
 

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Note to anyone who thinks buying a M cars in the hope they will be OK to run is kidding themselves. Whislt they are robust, they DO need TLC in terms of corret maintenance and this alone is where costs add up. Fail to pay the money for this and you'll have a donkey!

I remember when I got my front brake discs for the M5, they were £174 each from BMW lol. 2 new rear tyres every every 2 months, service according to schedule rolled around about every 3 months + extras that BMW would pick up!

Like Ian S said in another thread, his newly purchased M3 is about 3 times more expensive in running costs than what his 328i was. This is a very realistic way to look at true M ownership.
 
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