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Old 08-19-2009, 05:46 PM
DKane DKane is offline
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Mein Auto: '97 2.8 Z3 bg R
Actually something most important for pre-purchase...

having just got back from a pre-purchase inspection near LA of a nice lo-mileage '99 Dakar 2.8 Z3, I found the most important item to be: CHECK THE BODY VIN STICKERS!!!.. clean Carfax.. but close inspection revealed painted over DOT sticker on hood(replaced part)..closer inspection showed repaint both front and rear bumper covers...this vehicle was priced well and looked good from 10 feet away...This could still be a good buy for someone(less than $10k), but i passed mainly becuz former owner cheaped out the repair from a front/rear collision.. appeared he had hood off awhile( while shopping for replacement on the cheap?.engine bay was more "weathered" than expected for 42k miles)..and then did lo-cost paintwork(possible even a home garage affair) ..so bottom line for me was "condition" is still everything & eyeballing it in person made all the difference...Z3 Cheers! dk '97 2.8 bg R(redux !
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