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Old 04-11-2011, 08:24 AM   #16
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Thanks guys. I'm not going to pursue the red car, that accident is far to big for me to find some sort of excuse to justify getting that car. Plus I have a feeling it was driven harder, as it had those modifications done to it.

I've decided to go with the yellow car. There was nothing wrong with it, no shake, no noise, didn't see any rust, the km were relatively good, and the ride was almost as good as the 330 we test drove at the beginning of the day. I'm gonna give them a call and see if I can get a PPI tonight, if that turns out I'm 90% sure i'll buy it. THe yellow has grown on me, and the condition of this car was better then I expected from any of these cars. I'd have a hard time finding another one in this shape I think.

What do you guys think a good offer is? Assuming the PPI comes out clean, I was thinking $11,500? Or asking price with a second set of rims and tires + a tank of gas?
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:36 AM   #17
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between the 2 , the yellow is easily the better buy.

The only thing that would annoy me is the no heated seats...but you can remedy that if you really need it. Condition means a lot with these cars.

Insist on the PPI at a place that knows the cars.

11,500 is a good offer though that price is very competitive and fair how it sits. being a dealer, id try to get the most you can though.

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let us know how it goes.

oh and id order some black moldings asap for that thing
dakar is a nice colour imo
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:02 AM   #18
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I have to recommend Young St. Garage just off Preston for a PPI. They know these cars inside out there.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:48 AM   #19
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oh and id order some black moldings asap for that thing
Provided anything important doesn't need fixing, moldings are the first thing on the list! I'm already looking at things I can put in the car, although modding it is most likely a bad a idea if I were to resell it in the future.

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Thanks! I'll keep that in mind for future maintenance, problem with taking it there for the ppi is that the car and dealer are in Toronto. I was hoping to have the PPI done at either Bimemrsport, RMP motors, or a BMW dealership. Anyone have any recommendations for another shop I could have them take it to for a ppi in the Toronto area?
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Old 04-11-2011, 12:48 PM   #20
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Provided anything important doesn't need fixing, moldings are the first thing on the list! I'm already looking at things I can put in the car, although modding it is most likely a bad a idea if I were to resell it in the future.



Thanks! I'll keep that in mind for future maintenance, problem with taking it there for the ppi is that the car and dealer are in Toronto. I was hoping to have the PPI done at either Bimemrsport, RMP motors, or a BMW dealership. Anyone have any recommendations for another shop I could have them take it to for a ppi in the Toronto area?
In T.O. go to this guy:

Charlie McNally, of McNally Auto Service.
Euro specialist, I took 5 cars to him last year for PPIs and he not only gave me a good deal, but he went over each with a fine toothed comb.



McNally Auto Service Ltd
49 Toro Rd
ON M3J 2A4
(416) 398-6799

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Old 04-11-2011, 03:30 PM   #21
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Id definitely go to rmp for a ppi.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:07 PM   #22
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The ppi is being done at Town+Country BMW, the guy at Nazcar said the other places are too far, I figured this would be fine, as it is being taken to a dealership. Does anyone have any idea what this might cost from a dealership? Surely it can't be more then $150?
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:28 PM   #23
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The main issue I personally have had with dealerships is that their techs aren't familiar with E36s anymore.

This is the reason I mentioned an indy garage, they tend to be far more 'current' with older models.

For price of a PPI the lowest I've seen (without a volume discount) is $100. The highest $200.
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Ive seen it under $100.... but it all depends.
I agree with above. id really try an indy shop. If they guy wants to make the sale he will take it there
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:40 AM   #25
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StanceFactory isn't too far from Town and Country. I'd trust their opinion over some random tech at BMW. Both owners owned e36s and know them well.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:37 AM   #26
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Thanks guys, I'll have to talk to the salesmen and see what he''s ok with doing. When we were going over a deal, he mentioned that I could buy a 2 year/24k warranty on the car, that covered a lot, I don't remember the specifics, but he went on naming things for about 5 minutes. The price of this warranty was $1019 plus tax. Do you guys think that's worth it? It's valid at any licensed BMW tech in north America.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:44 AM   #27
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I'd have to see the specifics, but in general these are pure profit for the dealer. In other words not worth 1000 dollars
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:07 PM   #28
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I believe the warranty is through BMW, and not the dealer, i'm not 100% sure though.
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Probably not worth it...if its through them too...what are you going to do when you are in Ottawa?


Is warranty a concern?

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that quote is spot on. If you dont plan to wrench yourself be prepared to pay a lot. Cars of that age are right in the prime of needing a lot of necessary parts replaced if you want them to perform well, not leave you stranded or cost you a lot of money if something breaks.

Read that thread I posted on the first page.

These cars arent civics...in that you cant neglect them to death and they just keep running a-ok. It will come back to bite you if you neglect them.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:05 AM   #30
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The warranty is valid at any BMW mechanic in north America, so I could use it here in Ottawa, or anywhere in Canada.

It's not that I can't pay for the maintenance, but if I could get a warranty that will make my losses much less, then why not? If it'll save me money then why not? Either way I plan to be proactive with the maintenance, if this warranty covers as much as it seems to, then doing this maintenance will be much easier on my pocket book, that's all.

I wouldn't ever intentionally neglect maintenance on any car, my dad did that with his Subaru SVX, and the car ended up in the hole. I don't want that, especially with an M3.
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