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Old 03-12-2011, 07:37 AM
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Hello alllll!

Hey all,

I am a fresh new member to the forums and a BMW m3 fanatic. I MAY buy my frist BMW M3. I found one online or sale in MN and I live in colorado. IT is a 1999, manual, E36 with low miles. I was thinking about making a trip up there and getting it, but I am kinda worried about it. I am worried that the car may have some mechanical problems. When I have talked to the sales man, of course everything is great! He sent many detailed photos of some minor scuffs. I know the test drive is key! I was thinking about sending it to a BMW dealer in the area for a full "check up" on the car. IS this a good idea? I was wondering what you guy think? Is there someone in the area that could help me? maybe come with me on the test drive? It has been a live long dream to own an M3 and the last thing I want to do is get screawed

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Old 03-12-2011, 09:42 PM
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Yes, take it to a dealer or independent BMW shop and get a pre purchase inspection done on it. Also, go on youtube and search for e36 pre purchase inspection to help you get an idea of what to look for.

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Old 03-13-2011, 07:29 PM
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Good Luck

Here's a good thread with tips on buying out of state. It's from the M5 board, but it all applies: http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...tate-tips.html
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:13 PM
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Thanks, i am also going to look or go to a bmw dealer and ask if they can search for one for me with low miles. Would you recomended doing something like that?

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Old 03-14-2011, 05:26 AM
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Thanks, i am also going to look or go to a bmw dealer and ask if they can search for one for me with low miles. Would you recomended doing something like that?
No, absolutely do NOT do that. Dealers make $$ on selling new cars, not helping you search for cars over a decade old. You'll be ignored, or promised things that won't happen.

You can ask a local dealer to do a PPI for you, once you zero in on the car you want.

You also might find some popular indie mechanics in your area, and let them know you are looking.
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Fern Green 99 M3, Conforti Shark Software, Conforti CAI, Dinan Exhaust. Stamped LTWs, 235x40 square, OEM Hella heads, ///M Pedal Kit, Clear Corners, OEM Rear Spoiler, CD43 stereo. MRegistry listing here.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:42 AM
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awesome, I am not sure what you mean by a PPI, there is a car dealer near my house that you can have them do a search for a car and help you find one. Here is where we site. If you could take a look at it that would be awesome. Is this what you mean when you are saying a dealer can do a PPI for you? I really appricate your help. thanks a ton. I just cant wait to get a E36 and start posting some pictures. I am excited to finally start searching. http://www.highlineweb.com/vehicle-locator.html

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BTW your green M3 Look fantastic!!!!!
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PPI just stands for Pre Purchase Inspection. A dealer or a good independent can do it for you.

Here's a locater for a good independent: http://www.bimrs.org/
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:30 PM
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thanks man.... thanks for taking the time to answer this tread.. i added you as my frind and as things unfold i will let you know! thanks again
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BTW your green M3 Look fantastic!!!!!
Thanks! Good luck with your search.
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yah..... i think it is going to be a long one.... but it is all good.. if u ever see anything good send me a messsage.. thanks guys
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