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Old 10-20-2014, 01:31 PM
tackhouse1 tackhouse1 is offline
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Buying a 2005 E46 M3...thoughts?

hey guys I am considering purchasing a 2005 Phoenix Yellow M3 6spd. The car was purchased new by my friend (who is now upgrading to a 2015 M4) and has 94k miles on it.

I've always loved the car and this is my opportunity to purchase it. My friend has maintained it, and never abused it, but I recognize that it is a 9 (almost 10) year old car with a not insignificant amount of miles (though not bad for the age).

I've read a few sites likes this one: http://www.carthrottle.com/7-reasons...e46-m3-part-1/ and so am aware of at least some of the issues the E46 can have.

My plan is to take it into a dealership this weekend and have a technician give it a once over.

Can anyone confirm that the 05' E46 M3 is 50 state emissions compliant?

Assuming everything checks out, I will be shipping the car from Chicago to San Francisco. Any recommendations on a shipping company?

Any thoughts on the potential purchase? (Am I crazy?) Specific items/systems I should have checked?

I'm trying not to let the excitement of the potential purchase cloud my judgement.

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