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Old 12-12-2008, 09:47 PM   #1
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e36 m3 search/rant



I have bin in the market for an e36 m3 for a while now and am finding it very difficult to find a clean one that isn't sketchy. I know it takes a while to find the right car but I think after today I have a right to be somewhat annoyed. I found a car on the net a few weeks back that I was very interested in it so I contacted the seller and we emailed back and forth a fw times. I asked him questions about the car and he was fairly vague in his responses. I had told him I lived 3 hours away but was going to make the drive up to see it and hopefully buy it. Keep in mind I had asked him many questions and at no time did he tell me she sahape of the car. I arrived there today and at first glance I was overcome with excitement it looked awesome........then i walked up to it. Let me tell you the pics this guy sent me were hiding alot. There were multiple rust spots that he had tld me had bin repaired but i would almost rather look at rust then the nail polish job that was done i'm not talking about stone chips either it was large spots. The front lip was scuffed and bent, the clutch was fried (which he had told me but had no idea it was this bad),the front right wheel bearing was either going or shot, there were cracks in the weather stripping and rust had formed, the rims were completely curb rashed (every one) and the audio install that was done was shotty to say the least.
to sum it up i just spent 6 hours on the road for nothing..
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:56 PM   #2
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Sounds disappointing. Be patient, when you find the right one you'll be happy

I didn't find my 328 for a year lol.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:16 PM   #3
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expand your search...specifically to the US. There are FAR more cars for sale there, and with their failing economy, it's actually a good time to snatch up people's "toys." Check out the bimmerforums.com for sale section, as there are always cars posted. You're going to have to be willing to travel to guarantee a really nice car though.

Luck will also play a big factor... I was looking for a car for over a year, and happened on a car that was owned, babied, and extensively modified by an older gentleman who happened to be getting divorced. Needless to say, I got a great deal, especially considering I was looking to mod it anyway.

Anyway, good luck in your search. Like I said, try the US. It's not that hard to import a car if you do some research beforehand.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:18 PM   #4
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Well it may be a good idea to make him a low offer that would leave you enough cash to respray and get all that you mentioned fix. As long as engine is ok and that it hasnt been crashed.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:24 PM   #5
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Why not mod the car you already have? Its nearly the same thing, and with a few mods, could perform almost to the same point as a M3. IIRC your car is pretty clean, thats worth a heck of a lot more than a rough, beat up M3, IMO at least.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:51 PM   #6
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^agreeed! turbo the 328
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thats what I would do!
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:29 AM   #7
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Yeah it took me a while to find mine too...

But in the US there are a lot more cars to choose from.

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Old 12-13-2008, 11:39 AM   #8
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expand your search...specifically to the US. There are FAR more cars for sale there, and with their failing economy, it's actually a good time to snatch up people's "toys."
I agree, this is what I would probably do if I was in the market for a used car. Don't buy unless if you are 100% satisfied especially if you are spending $15,000-$20,000 on a 10-12 year old car.

Are you planning to sell the 328 ? Make sure it goes to a good owner, I still remember this car every once in a while as it was my first car

Anyways good luck with the sale bro!!
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:28 PM   #9
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Yea i'm fairly picky and won't buy an m3 unless i am saisfied with every little detail. Once I do purchanse an M the 328 will be up for sale. Don't worry JN i'll make sure it goes to a good home
Can anyone tell me how much of a hassle it is to import a car from US? What all is required to do it and roughly how much does it cost?
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:18 PM   #10
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http://forums.beyond.ca/st/107279/ja...tates-thread-/

When 2009 rolls around if you can find a 95 m3 with a build date in 94 and earlier than the month that you decide to buy it in. That will save quiet a bit of trouble, but if not. The process is quiet tedious but not impossible.

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Old 12-13-2008, 02:32 PM   #11
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Don't buy unless if you are 100% satisfied especially if you are spending $15,000-$20,000 on a 10-12 year old car.
lol... that made me laugh.. some people are just so stupid.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:25 PM   #12
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^What's so funny about that?
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:28 PM   #13
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:48 PM   #14
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15,000-20,000 on a 10-12 year old car. speaking of the E36 M3....

im pretty sure another 10 grand could get you a MUCH better looking performing handling E46 M3 even a 330CI for that matter.

the E36 M3 will never appreciate in value. like the E30.. so your blowing 20 grand on a 10 year old car. that will loose the value...

to the original poster... save a tiny bit more and get the E46. i can only imagine how much better the E46 is compared to the E36.
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:49 PM   #15
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^agreeed! turbo the 328
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thats what I would do!

And it will still be a 328.
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