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10-13-2011, 08:06 PM
I'm getting a company car soon - of all things a 2005 Cooper S - and I'm debating whether or not to store the M3 or sell it. I've had it for almost 4 years, and I am getting a little tired of it. It's a three-owner Texas car imported to Canada in 2008. Fairly clean and very solid. Most E36 problem areas have been addressed, no power mods, driven by a grown-up, never tracked, raced, or abused. Car has 150,000 miles (243,000 km).

The Good News:
Clean title, clean Carfax, no accidents- original VIN tags on fenders, doors and trunk, no rust. Cosmos black on black leather interior. Vaders, 18 button OBC, sunroof. DS1s with 225/45/17 Hankook iPike 409 winter tires and Hamann HM3s with 225/45/17 General Exclaim UHP summer tires. All tires fairly new. Krown rust-proofed every year since importation to Canada. Only 3 winters on the car (stored year one).

Maintenance Items Completed:
-Synthetic oil since at least 2006
-Oil pump nut inspected and loctite’d (2008)
-All belts and pulleys replaced (2010)
-Fuel filter replaced (2010)
-Cooling system replaced in 2007; water pump again 2010
-Beisan VANOS seals and bearing replacement by RMP Motors (2011)
-Valve cover gasket and NGK plugs (2010)
-Starter (Bosch) and battery (Exedy) replaced 2010
-Turner Motorsports rear Swaybar mounting tab reinforcements
-Bimmerworld RTAB pocket reinforcements
-Bimmerworld Heavy-duty swaybar endlinks (2011)
-Diff rebuilt in 2010 with DiffsOnline kit (German and Japanese bearings and seals); all new diff bushings and bolts
-New transmission mounts with UUC Enforcer cups (2007)
-Alcantara headliner (2007)
-PBR Metal Master brake pads with OEM Zimmerman rotors (2010)
-UUC Poly RTABS (2011)
-Rogue Engineering RSMs with Z3 shock tower reinforcement plates
-New exhaust hangers, gaskets, and muffler brackets
-Both seatbelt tensioners replaced (07 and 10)
-New steering column U-joint (2011)
-New CSB and Guibo (2010)

-Koni SAs (front) and SRT (rear) 2011
-UUC Swaybarbarians adjustable sway bars
-BMW X-brace
-Ireland Engineering front upper strut tie bar
-E46 M3 ZCP steering rack (14.5:1 linear rate) w/ new Lemforder tie rods
-ZKW Euro ellipsoids
-CD43 Business CD player with upgraded Alpine amp and Energy speakers

The Bad News:
-Chips/spider cracks in both ZKW headlight covers
-Both fog lights cracked
-Car must have been involved in parking lot ‘scrape and dent’ or similar adventure prior to 2006 as driver’s side quarter panel and door have been repainted. When I pulled interior panels out to inspect, I could see evidence of dent pulling and paint work on a small area between the rear wheel well and the driver’s side door. No structural damage, door is original, and there was nothing noted in Carfax report, but nevertheless the car is not perfect
-Paint is 6/10 with aforementioned previous scrape/dent repair plus stone chips and scratches
-5th gear lean when cold
-Under-panel and pork-chops gone

If I sell it, I am going to list it at $9,500 firm, cert and e-tested. I've dumped close to that amount into it over 4 years sorting it out. What do you guys think?

10-13-2011, 08:21 PM
I didn't see mileage anywhere in there.

10-13-2011, 08:34 PM
Edited. Has 243,000 km (150,000 miles).

10-13-2011, 09:26 PM
Fair price, can't build one for less that's for sure.

10-14-2011, 12:27 AM
I'm getting a company car soon - of all things a 2005 Cooper S - and I'm debating whether or not to store the M3 or sell it. I've had it for almost 4 years, and I am getting a little tired of it.

Nooo! :(

10-14-2011, 08:38 AM
In for more pics!

10-25-2011, 09:26 AM
I've decided I'm going to keep the M3 and just store it again for the winter.

10-25-2011, 11:03 AM
good call!

10-25-2011, 01:30 PM
I have never heard of a mini company car before! Thats pretty cool

10-26-2011, 06:38 PM
Supercharged, 6 spd in fact. It's a former car show demo car - used to be wrapped in vinyl - that has our Bluetooth hands-free kit installed in it. I'm in the process of importing it, which is always a joy when BMW Canada is involved. Man those guys love money...