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Old 07-12-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
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Advice on A Vehicle Purchase!

Hey guys im new here and im thinking of Trading my current Vehicle(2004 Infiniti G35) for a 2001 BMW M3 but im not sure if this would be a good trade or something like KMs wise if its too high or something etc etc

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Please let me know what you all think..

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Old 07-12-2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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On what planet is 126K kms A lot?
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:28 PM   #3
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LOL it isnt but u know due for timing chain, vanos, subframe,valve lifters etc etc etc when does the clutch usually fail ? im new to euro and from what ive read about audi (i wanted one before) they are awesome and just break down and full of electrical problems...i know its all stupid questions...
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:05 PM   #4
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Clutch could be perfect. Thing is with clutchs, if you have a decent driver the clutch could last you 30 years depending on how you drive ect. Also, if you take it to a BMW cert mechanic and get it checked over for a few $$, you could save yourself headache and your wallet by making a smart choice.

It being an M3, I'm sure someone would have taken decent care of it or it could have been babied. I would spend the money and take it to a dealership and see what needs to be done and have it done correctly or even bring it to a garage on the webby like Stance Factory.. As long as it checks out fine, I see no harm in the switch.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:00 PM   #5
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On average, an E46 M3 is less troublesome than a G35. Non-M E46 is about equal.

As with any used car purchase, take it from a pre-purchase inspection to a tech who knows that model well.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:54 PM   #6
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I'd say a G35 coupe/Sedan/350Z would be more reliable than a BMW... owed both.. much less trouble with the high end Infiniti/Nissan

126K is a lot on a BMW.. because Inspection II should have been done.. there is a lot of stuff that goes wrong in the 100K to 120K range.. .stupid things... .

A lot of people here have not owned these cars from new... and don't know the pain...
pompous BMW engineering at its best.... plastic engine parts under stress....

The car won't let you down... that is key... but can drive you insane with stupid issues... and waste time finding a dealer/service or DIY...

It's probably the only car, when its' door actuators and/or door control module fails.... can lock you in and our of the car..... I've had my E46 fail to open the drives door with the remote, and the key!!!! It even re-locks it when you open it with the key... lock comes up..and then closes again.....

BMW... take note... a Key should ALWAYS open the door!!!!


- exists for a reason
iVTEC or VTEC is actually better... it doesn't fail under 200K!!!

- Window Regulators... actually is worse than a Hyundai.... very poor design... very cheap.... just did two of them... DIY... man... cheap cheap design...
Bought extras from the states and will keep for the next time they go... 2nd set already... once under warranty.

- Waterpump.... watch out for those plastic parts.... ehhhhh

- Front end.... depending on how you drive it... they don't last...
Control Arms/Ball Joints, Steering Rack

- Clutch.... tend to go quicker.... even if you're a good driver...
faulty bearing perhaps... I used to drive my cars 200K plus on the original clutch... not on a BMW...

- I'd stay away from an SMG version for sure!!!!

-BMW General Module (locking)... that's why this guy exists.

They are fun to drive though. It won't let you down most likely (except cooling system and Auto Tranny), but will have stupid issues.

Some will say Range Rovers are reliable too… but in reality.. at auction, a Range Rover with Warranty goes for good money. The ones without Warranty go for stupid cheap. Why is that…?

DIY is key for these cars. Buying parts in the states is key as well.
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