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Old 12-25-2008, 07:43 PM   #1
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New M3....looking at doing maintenance mods over the winter.

Hello all. I picked up a 1998 M3 sedan recently, and LOVE it! I plan on parking it for the remainder of the winter, and doing some 'maintenance' mods on it. The first one in mind is the oil pump nut. Anyone here do this? Anyone know what a shop would charge to do it?
Also, the car has quite a bit of road noise from the front: it sounds like wheel bearings, but I'm told it could be simply because the car has camber plates and no rubber isolation. Could that be the case? The car was priced low enough that I'm not too worried about needing to replace the wheel bearings.

Anything else to look out for? How can I tell if I need the RTAB's done?
The car is on a new set of Bridgestone S-03's, tein s-tech springs, and has camber plates. Not sure of of the dampers yet, but will be looking into that.

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Old 12-25-2008, 09:00 PM   #2
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thread useless without pics.

haha jk congrats on the car... i have no info for you... but wouldnt mind seeing pics
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:32 AM   #3
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If an alignment was not done and the tires are wearing uneven on the front it can cause excessive noise that could be mistaken for wheel bearings.
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:39 AM   #4
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i second the pictures motion... and congrats
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Old 12-26-2008, 04:50 PM   #5
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I'll try to get pics up shortly. Thanks for the congrats, all of you. The car is the salvage title car that was on Kijiji and autotrader (cosmos 4dr). The owner's been trying to sell for a while, and was getting pretty desperate. At $6200, I was prepared to deal with the potential problems associated with "salvage title". So far, so good: there are a few details to sort out (misfire on 3 and 5: likely coils, alignment, aim the lights, clean the dove leather, etc.) but nothing that worries me so far. I LOVE the car, and it's a bit of a step up from the '87 eta I've been driving.
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:52 PM   #6
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do you have the pics from before it was fixed? if not, you're going to have a really hard time getting a rebuilt title.l
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:25 PM   #7
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Title is already "rebuilt", so that hurdle is out of the way. The car came safetied and e-tested, and is now plated.
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:56 PM   #8
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Congrads on the new ride
Nice to see another M3/4 here
I'm sure if you call one of Maxbimmers Sponsers, they can give you a quote for the oil pump nut fix and help you out with the road noise.
Post some pics
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:48 AM   #9
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Congrats on the buy.

Nice to have another member in Hamilton.
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:33 AM   #10
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:33 AM   #11
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Sorry about the pics on their side: I thought I'd fixed that....
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:44 AM   #12
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Looks nice and clean
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:49 PM   #13
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If the mods fixed those pics, thanks!
Thanks, the car is quite clean: not perfect, but I wasn't looking for perfect in this price range. It is certainly the nicest car I've owned though. (It's quite amazing when I compare our 2003 Protege to this "older" car....)
I'm not sure how I feel about the lowering springs, and would likely consider going back to stock if someone wanted to trade the springs for stock (M3!) springs.
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Gone: '99 M3 vert, '98 M3 sedan, '91 E30, '89 E30, '87 E30, '91 Euro M5, '93 6-speed Corvette, STI v8 swapped '98 Impreza, '73 2002, 2004 325iT
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:17 PM   #14
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I'll have a set of stock M3 springs shortly. They are from a 97 coupe so should work for you.

FYI, depending on the milage, there are almost 2 dozen different bushings on the suspension parts in our cars. I'm planning on doing a full refresh on mine in the next little while and replace all of them. Turner sells a kit that has them all there...

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Old 12-28-2008, 08:00 AM   #15
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Congrats on the M3 Nathan! Looks very good!

Now you can make the E30 a full-on project car since its no longer your daily
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