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Old 07-10-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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What should I do with my 97 M3

Sorry for the duplicate.. I put the original posting under 1998+ by mistake.

Hello All,

I hope I can get some generic advice.

My 1997 BMW M3 has approx. 140,000 Miles (yes miles, I bought the car in the US).

I made a huge error several years ago storing my car when I was out of the country. As such, the car is rusting away and body-wise is in bad shape.

The engine and the transmission are rock solid.

Does anyone know how much it would cost to transfer the engine to a new car? I've seen '97 BMW 328 advertized on auto trader for about 3 grand. What car models would I be restricted to if I went this route?

The 2nd alternative is to sell the car. What kind of a market is there for the engine/transmission and any estimates on what it may be worth?


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Old 08-25-2014, 09:11 AM   #2
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how bad is the body... really? get that checked and get a quote as to what it would cost to get it back to what you would like. Then compare that price to what it would cost to buy the 328 and transfer the parts. e36 m3s are going for around 7000 these days and the reality is that all have rust somewhere and those that don't will soon. The only ones that are really clean are those meticulously kept or with very low mileage... both being harder and harder to find.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:48 AM   #3
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Buy an e30 and swap everything over.

Or sell the engine and trans, part out anything else that's salvageable. I'm sure if you look in the forsale section of this forum you'll find adds for the same engine and other parts to give you an idea of what there worth.

**If you have a garage and tools to dissemble everything and have the time and know how to do it all yourself go for it. If not I'd sell the car as is, or get the body repaired and enjoy the shit out of an e36 m3.
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