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bjirwin 08-25-2010 05:11 PM

buying a 2001 m3
I am looking at buying this 2001 m3 here in atlanta. I have been looking for quite some time and was wondering what you guys on here thought about the car and what I should offer him. here are the specs:

2001 E46 BMW M3 with 104,500 Miles. 6 Speed Manual.

Silver Exterior with Black Leather. It has a spotless carfax and has never been wrecked.

Here are many of the key features:
Xenon Headlights
BMW Navigation
UUC motorwerks Short Throw Shifter
UUC motorwerks Ultra Light Fly Wheel - This does causes some gear rattle when the transmission is hot and the clutch is not pressed in. This is an upgrade done by the previous owner.
AC-Schnitzer Figure 8 exhaust
New M3 Floor Mats
Black Leather w/ M embossed into the headrests
Harmon Kardon Speakers
BMW 6 Disc CD Player in trunk (Works occasionally, and other times will say "No Disc")
After-Market XM Radio installed + Tape Deck for easy iPod hook up
Hard wired Radar Detector
Tinted Widows (32%)

he is asking 13,500 and I went on kbb and in good condition it is right around 13000 for the car. there is a small dent on the passenger side and the wheels have some curb rash. do you guys think this price is close to what he should be asking seeing as it has these small upgrades and things like that. I need your opinion! thanks

tim330i 08-26-2010 01:29 PM

Have you gotten a pre-purchase inspection? I would highly recommend it, my pre-purchase inspection turned up a few grand in issues that I resolved before the sale was closed. If you want the modifications that is great, but they seldom add value to a car and typically pigeon holes the seller into finding an enthusiasts buyer as most 'normal' people don't want mods on their car.


Slyde 08-30-2010 11:20 PM

I bought one in Jan. Did the free sub-frame inspection and work needed to be done. There was no cost to me and it took 4 weeks. I read some mention of the deadline being early Sep for this inspection, but I'm not certain about that.

Other thoughts:
CD player... who cares? It's old tech... get interface for iPod or such (160 GB is a whole mess of CD's)... "tape deck"??? --- yikes.
That flywheel noise seems spooky (but i didn't fully read UUC's explanation.)
No strut bar?
Lots of sporty mods that indicate sporty driving... though it's hard to drive these cars in a non-sport fashion.

... hope that's helpful and not just demoralizing.

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