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E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014)
4th generation E90 M3 sedan, E92 M3 coupe and E93 M3 convertible. The last of the naturally aspirated M3s, powered by a 4.0 liter V8 making 414hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

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Old 02-26-2012, 06:29 PM
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Going to pick up my CPO 08 M3 manana

What are the gotchas I need to look for? I started this quest asking whether I should buy a convertible M3 or newer 328i on this forum. Since the vote was eleventy billion to none I went with the M3. Now you have to help me with the purchase. I already dropped a deposit, so it awaits my big check and it is mine.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:34 PM
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Sweet! Post pics.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:34 PM
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Well if it is CPO you have the original warranty plus 2 more years and up to 100K miles so not sure what you are asking. Close inspection, getting the right color you want with reasonable options and you should be set.
I also plan to CPO an M3 sedan next year because they don't make a new M3 sedan yet. That is my strategy to find the right car and allow the CPO to work for me. I have two M3's and did my first CPO could not be happier it is without a doubt the best car I have ever owned...
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:47 PM
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Purchase via net...slate gray. never could settle on a color that was my favorite, so it will have to do. Fully optioned, and I haggled in a few dealer adds.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:33 PM
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Can I ask what you got it for?
Because...

the only 2008 M3 sedan for sale in Hawaii (Autosource...rip off)is @ $49K. Got me by the short hairs otherwise it's a airplane ticket, shipping costs to get one over to Oahu. My other option is a 335i Sport and Certified by the Dealer.
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:44 PM
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Can I ask what you got it for?
Because...

the only 2008 M3 sedan for sale in Hawaii (Autosource...rip off)is @ $49K. Got me by the short hairs otherwise it's a airplane ticket, shipping costs to get one over to Oahu. My other option is a 335i Sport and Certified by the Dealer.
$46k (plus a ridiculous $329 doc fee). Haven't tagged and titled it yet. Keep in mind that it is a CPO convertible with 28k miles, so yes, $49k for a sedan is a rip off. Plane tickets to LA and shipping costs will be less than $3k. So I would pick out a couple of good CPO ones in the LA basin, negotiate via email and then fly to the mainland on a long weekend and pick one out. I negotiated for mine without seeing it and put a small deposit down for them to hold it until I got there and checked it out.

As far as the 335 vs M3, one week ago I would have told you that the 335 might be a better choice. One week into m3 ownership and I am wondering if I shouldn't have just purchased a brand new M3. The car is that awesome.

I lived on the windward side for a few years. Oahu is not the best place for it, but its slow speed handling is as awesome as its high speed, and it is fine in traffic. H3 is going to be a blast in an M3. If you live and work in Town you might--might consider the 335. If you are like me and a.) moving to the mainland someday or b.) keep cars forever, then I would go with the M3.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:16 PM
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The worst thing about this is I know exactly what they, Autosource, paid for since they bought it off Craigslist 10 days ago. About the same time I wrecked my 96 M3. The lady off Craigslist told me what they bought it for ...wait ...wait... $35500 ! Now they are jacking it up to $49K. I offered $40k yesterday and they said No. I'm sure someone will pay more but I was really hoping they would want a quick sale. I also offered the dealership 28k their asking 35k and got shot down for 335i w/ Sport and CPO'd. I will look in LA for something, good idea. Aloha.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:33 PM
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The worst thing about this is I know exactly what they, Autosource, paid for since they bought it off Craigslist 10 days ago. About the same time I wrecked my 96 M3. The lady off Craigslist told me what they bought it for ...wait ...wait... $35500 ! Now they are jacking it up to $49K. I offered $40k yesterday and they said No. I'm sure someone will pay more but I was really hoping they would want a quick sale. I also offered the dealership 28k their asking 35k and got shot down for 335i w/ Sport and CPO'd. I will look in LA for something, good idea. Aloha.
Wow, thats a heck of a markup. Did they purchase it in Oahu or the mainland? Good luck with finding an M3.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:23 PM
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yeah, considering how excellent the car is, don't settle for the island. Be patient, take the time and look on the mainland. Call some west coast dealers and I bet they will ship to Hawaii for under $2k.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:36 PM
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@ NASA43 and Benjamin1971,
They purchased here on Oahu exact same as NASA43's Silver/ Red M3 sedan. I can get it shipped for $1072 and airtickets are gonna be $400+ but patience is difficult. I did find 4 of them off cars.com for under $40k and under 30k in mileage. But Illinois and Florida is a long drive to West Coast for shipping. Although I really wouldn't mind the long drive in a 08 M3 sedan!
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