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Old 03-13-2006, 09:28 AM   #1
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High mileage M3

Hey all, I just had a few questions about purchasing a 2002 M3 with 100K highway miles on it. I read an article in Bimmer about buying highway BMWs to save money but not lose reliability. They seem to think it's a great idea, but what do you think from your own personal experience? I could get a great price on the M3(under 26K American), and I was just wondering if it's really worth it.

Also, for anyone who has switched from manual to an SMG gearbox/used both, pros and cons? The M3 in question has SMG, but I have never used SMG. I'm oldfashioned and would prefer a 6speed, but at that price I might be willing to compromise if it's a good system.

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Old 03-13-2006, 09:30 AM   #2
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:51 AM   #3
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SMG all da way man. i believe BMWS are pretty reliable in terms of high mileage cars, so jump on the deal ! hehe
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Old 03-13-2006, 01:05 PM   #4
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Make sure you can verify it is indeed highway miles. Perhaps the previous owner has flight ticket stubs, or Toll Bills (EzPass), oil change receipts. Anything to really prove that he/she drives on the highway a lot. For tax reasons, he/she would probably have receipts for hotels/food out of town.

My cars are usually 90% highway, and I've got all the following. Sometimes, on my daily driver (not bmw), I was changing the oil every month.

In this case, it's better to have quite a few stone chips on the front of the car. That would really indicate highway miles.
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Old 03-13-2006, 03:33 PM   #5
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prices on e46 m3's in the states are lower and lower every day, from what ive been reading on e46fanatics.com 26k with 100k MILES isn't THAAAAAT great of a deal. Personally i wouldn't buy it
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Old 03-13-2006, 03:41 PM   #6
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Depends how clean the car is. If/When i sell my car, i have gas receipts on my visa zipping from kingston to london to ottawa and back to prove my car's all highway. Its a good idea
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Old 03-13-2006, 05:06 PM   #7
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sounds like an accident car. But as far as maintenance goes on a high milage car you're looking at doing the following:

all bushings, shocks, tie rods, control arms
flex discs on the drive shaft
fuel filter
spark plugs, air filter

My suggestion would be to drive the car stock first and get used to it before you start modifying it. The M3 has quite a bit of power so suspension would be the first route of modifications that I would suggest.

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Old 03-13-2006, 08:11 PM   #8
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Thats not THAT HIGH!!!

I do a fair share of highway driving, but i put on between 25-30km per year..... a 2002 M3 means that he bought it in 2001, so hes put around 25k a year.... which is just above average!
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:19 PM   #9
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its 100k MILES so closer to 200,000 KM on an S54....
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:24 PM   #10
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My bad..... didn't catch the miles part, ya, thats a SHIT load of driving!

Must live in LA and drive to work in NY daily!
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Old 03-28-2006, 08:29 PM   #11
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thanks for all the help guys.

but i decided not to go for the M3, and rather the more practical 330ci. great car, had it for a couple days now and don't want to stop driving.
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