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Old 01-29-2013, 06:49 PM
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Ok I came across this car on Craigslist. The guy wants $4500 for it with 190k on the dash. Two major things wrong with it are 1. It starts to run hot when sitting still. He thinks its the aux fan. And 2. One of the rims from his set is damaged and so he's trying to sell me the car with stock wheels on the front and aftermarket on the back. It's has full race bc coilovers. He told me that he tried to put the stock wheels back on but the car literally sat on the ground. I know nothing about suspension so I don't know it it's adjustable. Normally I would jump on this since I have always wanted an M3 but I'm working with a budget and I haven't been able to find a reasonable set of wheels and tires for the car. He said he would knock off 350 for the wheels and 150 for the fan but I'm not too sure about this. Please help!!!
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:07 AM
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I doubt the overheating issue is from the fan. Unless you want a project car, keep looking. The coilovers should be adjustable.

If it were me (I have garage space and could use another project) I would show up with a trailer and offer $3500. It's quite possible the engine is seriously damaged due to overheating.

You could check the oil and the coolant, but unscrupulous sellers would be changing that often to hide damage.
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:30 AM
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I took a ride with him in it and then I drove it after it warmed up. I didn't let it sit long enough to check to see if the temp would creep up but I never let my cars sit and idle. Everything seems sound besides what I've already written and on the right front something seems loose. It doesn't effect the steering or anything but you can hear it rattle when you hit a bump. The motor is strong and it runs amazingly. Could there still be an underlying issue with the temp even though it runs so well?

And I wanted to price some things and get sone input as far as the wheels and tires I could put on the car and a few minor things it looks like it needs.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:33 AM
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Also I don't mind a small project considering all the hard work and money I just put in my 318i but I'm just wondering if this will truly be an amazing car in the end.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:39 AM
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Oh I almost forgot the car is showing the check engine light so when I go over there to check everything out again I would like to perform the stomp test but I wanted to make sure what to do. The owner also told me that the only reason he is selling the car is because he is a full time student and employee and already has his m3 coupe project left unfinished.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:47 AM
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CEL definitely needs to be checked. If it is running strong as you say, then it might not be a disaster, but I'd still tow it home to be safe. You don't want to unload 4k and warp the head on the way home.
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:17 PM
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I would run as fast as possible from that car. E36's are sooo cheap, you will be able to find something in much better shape for 4-5k. In my opinion, if the car is in this much dis-repair, how was it treated the last 190K miles?
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I mean.. Dis-repair? A fan motor and a rim? It wouldn't hurt for him to come down off of the price considering I don't like the wheels he had on the car AND one if them is damaged. BAM! New set if wheels and problem fixed. The tricky part is going to be pin pointing what is making it want to run hot. The guy told me he hasn't even checked the fluids he doesn't have time. Full time student full time employee. Mainly I want to know 1: best place to buy parts for these cars and 2: are these m3's worth fixing and maintaining?
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:05 PM
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Im looking for the same info.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:26 PM
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:28 PM
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:10 AM
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I mean.. Dis-repair? A fan motor and a rim? It wouldn't hurt for him to come down off of the price considering I don't like the wheels he had on the car AND one if them is damaged. BAM! New set if wheels and problem fixed. The tricky part is going to be pin pointing what is making it want to run hot. The guy told me he hasn't even checked the fluids he doesn't have time. Full time student full time employee. Mainly I want to know 1: best place to buy parts for these cars and 2: are these m3's worth fixing and maintaining?
Well, did you look at the suspension bushings? How about the struts/springs? Clutch/Auto trans? What about engine gaskets? How about the last time the cooling system was overhauled? The cheaper the cost of the ///M, the more money you will have to put into in on average. The more service records and owner receipts along with proper maintenance done the better. I would have NO problem buying a one or two owner car with the proper maintenance records with 190k, but a car with no records and an owner that tells you he doesn't even check the fluids would make PASS with no second guesses.

FYI I purchased my ///M3 with 128k miles in great condition for 5500, and within the next year had to put well over 2k into just to get it back to a proper running condition. I went into the purchase knowing exactly what was needed (except for a blown HG that happened a few months into owning it) to get it back. With the car overheating, there is a pretty good chance the head gasket could be leaking. If you do your own work, you would look at $1000-1200 to properly do the gasket, more like $2000 if you take it to a shop. Future costs should dictate how much you want to spend now.

If you are worried about what exactly this car needs done, take it to a good independent BMW repair shop and have them do a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) so you know exactly what the car will need.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:45 AM
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Crisscross gave you the best advice, spend $120-$150 on a qualified shop pre-purchase inspection. Better to know exactly what you are facing before you lay your money down.
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:56 AM
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off topic, u guys don't get the upgraded edition for 96-99 models? like the Euro spec is 321hp and 6spd in that range...
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