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Old 09-17-2012, 05:48 PM
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Im looking at buying a used M3 05-07 with about 60k miles on it. Here are my concerns if yall have any tips or experience please reply.

1. 50-60k Miles. Should i buy a BMW ext warranty or third party
2. Any major issues with M3 Convertible Tops? Years 05-07? I noticed there are more for sale than hard tops.
3. Is a used dealer really going to let me take a car off the lot to get it inspected buy my shop of choice? Has anyone ever done this? What was your method because i want to use this as a bargin tool also. I called several Indy shops and the Inspection II w/valve varies. Some also said if its not needed they will check for it but not actually do the adjustment.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:52 PM
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It shouldn't shouldn't cost much more to do the valve adustment. Once you check, if needed, you pop out the shim, check which one you need, pop it in, and keep the removed shim for another valve or car.

When my Inspection 2 was done, a few valves needed to be adjusted.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:57 AM
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2. Any major issues with M3 Convertible Tops? Years 05-07? I noticed there are more for sale than hard tops.
i have very limited experience with BMW vert tops, but I also noticed the difference in the amount of postings when I shopped around for my M3. just bear in mind (and you may have already thought of this!) that the vert will have a higher curb weight (~200lbs I believe) and will run slower 0-60, 1/4mi, etc times...plus the vert top will be another component of the car to maintain and keep an eye on. then again, the weather might be better for a vert down there in NC! just my 2 cents!

i decided to hold out for a coupe - sleeker roofline IMHO
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:26 PM
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thanks for the quick response. How did u verify if the maintenance was done? Did they let you take it off the lot or did you just call the VIN into the BMW dealer? Did you get a ext warranty? Thanks
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:03 AM
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thanks for the quick response. How did u verify if the maintenance was done? Did they let you take it off the lot or did you just call the VIN into the BMW dealer? Did you get a ext warranty? Thanks
no ext warranty here - and my M3 came with a decent amount of original service records from the original owner
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:37 PM
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thanks man. i think ill be ok i just gotta choose smartly and not the first thing that comes my way.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:00 AM
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no worries, best of luck with the search - when you find some good listings post them on the forums to get some knowledgeable feedback

(sure wish I had done that!)
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:50 PM
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so what all happened on your sure for the ultimate driving machine???
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:24 PM
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oh nothing drastic! (so far!) ...I just always like to research everything thoroughly before buying and I think these forums are a wealth of info!
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:36 PM
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true. Funyy crazy thing with me is no matter what brand of car something has always went bad within the first 24 hours!!!! lololol. i got 8-12 months before i buy, the 2007 might be the oldest ill buy so the v-8 might be an option we will see.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:34 AM
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at least you deal with the problem early on!

...and as much as the E46 Ms has grown on me (it really is impeccably designed), i would've traded up to an E92 M3 ('07 on) in a heartbeat if i had the funds! you have plenty of time to shop, so you're bound to end up with something boss!
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:33 AM
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Look into vano and exhaust hub issues. I got my and within a week I had to get them replaced with drvanos at a cost of $2700 just parts. Add valve adjustment, belts, oil change and cam bolts, it was $4700 out the door. The biggest repair bill I ever had.
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