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Old 06-21-2017, 08:40 AM
shepo1 shepo1 is offline
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Which 3 series to buy

Hi all, new to form. Currently own a 97 328i. Love the car, but looking for more power and nicer car ( my My 97 is kinda a pos.. bought it for 500$ with a blown clutch with the idea of turning it into a drifter, but then fell in love with it, so have been slowly making it not a POS.. lol. But anyway.. My options are to put more $$ into this one, or buy something else.
Currently looking at the following, and wondering which one you would go for..

Car 1) 1997 M3 4DR 157,000 2300$ Car is well used. Will need some work, but seems mostly rust free Not sure about interior.

Car 2) 1998 M3 4DR 191,000 $4900 Car is calif car. Clear coat was peeling, so they Dipped it. Not sure how much better it is then car 1 other then Rust should be minimal. will also need repainting and some restoration.

Car 3 1997 M3 2DR 143,000 7500$ Car was always stored winters. Looks to be in excellent condition, with many mods. Mods: Eibach Pro springs, Bilstein sports shocks in the front and Koni yellow adjustables in the rear, ECU remap from Turner Motorsports to only burn premium fuel. 20mm front spacers ,Lower cross-brace to stiffen the front end, Ireland engineering strut brace, Reiger front lip, AFE cold air intake, Euro radiator cover, New OEM radiator and water pump, Mateo motorsports rear diffuser, MagnaFlow muffle,The roof lining was redone with alcantara

Car 4 2005 BMW 325Ci e46 sport package 88,000 $6500 cash salvage title absolutely zero rust 99% California car MODS: Vortec V3 supercharger kit with different injectors ( Owner claims HP is 400+) , Volks te37 18x12 18x10 wheels, slotted rotors ,brakes, aftermarket exhaust with header Flowmaster muffler, diamonds racing clutch, short shifter, car has a tune, Snow performance water-methanol injection, lowered 1 1/2 inches all around lowering springs and suspension strut bar MSD coils spark plugs

I have attached pics of all 4.... What say you ?? I am mechanically inclined and do all my own work, so maintenance or repair is not really a issue. My objective is to have a reliable fun car to drive and work on that is a nice car to have and show off now and then.
Thanks for your input.
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Old 06-24-2017, 06:26 AM
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Cars need to be looked over carefully but I lean to #1 with #3 being a second choice. #3's price seems a little too high.

Looking at the cars' condition can easily change my rank order.
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