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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 07-28-2013, 01:26 PM
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION ***Official Used E9x M3 Buying Advice Thread***

Considering buying a used 2007-2013 E9x M3? This thread is for you.

Reliability issues, questions on options, build sheet information, pricing, performance parts; let's cover all of these.

Potential owner? Have a buying question? Post it here.

Have you found a car, and want an opinion on price, feature, or condition? Post a link to the ad.

Current owner? Had a recurring issue? Write up a summary of how your car has performed so we can build up picture of what it's like to own one these cars.

Now that the E9x is virtually done with production, lets build this up as the best used E9x M3 buying reference thread on the web.

I'm going to reserve the first four posts to develop a BMW E9x M3 FAQ. This FAQ is a work in progress August 2013.

THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, IF YOU SEE ERRORS OR OMISSIONS LET ME KNOW.

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Old 07-28-2013, 01:28 PM
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Thinking about a used E9x M3, what are the Specifications and Features for these cars?

2007 Ordering Guide:

http://www.valuebrothers.com/rz/BMW_..._catalogue.pdf (Posted by member roup1)

2013 Model Features and Specifications:

http://www.edmunds.com/bmw/m3/2013/features-specs.html


Where can I get an Owner's Manual?

BMW M3 2007-2013 owner's manuals are downloadable here:

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Owner/dgh.aspx



Where there any changes or upgrades between 2008 and 2013 MY?

Not much. Check this thread out:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...hlight=changes


What is the summary of changes by MY?

2007

2008

2009 - Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) refresh. Upgraded iDrive. Minor interior trim pieces and LED rear tail-lights.

2010

2011 - ZCP Competition Package Available.

2012

2013


I found a car, what were the factory options on it?

Use this Archive site and enter the last 7 digits of the VIN to decode the build sheet:

http://www.bmwarchiv.de/

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How is the reliability of these cars?

Edmunds.com indicates that MY 2008-2010 M3 Coupe 6MT cars have 'minimal problems':

http://www.edmunds.com/bmw/m3/2013/reliability.html

Objective reliability data is available here:

http://www.truedelta.com/reliability.php


What are the common mechanical issues with these cars?

Idle Control Valve Issues

TBD


My M3 sounds like a cowbell in the rear, why?

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...hlight=cowbell



What is the cost of an M3 Aftermarket Warranty?

TBD

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Reserved post 3.

(Reserved for links to ongoing maintenance, DIY's, tires, spare parts sources, etc.)

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What are common upgrades?


Convert yellow halogen angel eye's to white/LED (TBC)


Zhp short shift knob install (TBC)


Ultimate pedals (TBC)

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Another big change is the addition of the Combox in mid 2011. Streaming bluetooth and the connected features require it.
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Another big change is the addition of the Combox in mid 2011. Streaming bluetooth and the connected features require it.
is this on 2011 models or 2012 models. My E70 was built before 10/10/10 and does not have the combox, but anything made after 10/10 does. Also, is this just going to be a sticky? Or can we ask questions? I am (have been for a while) interested in getting a used E9x, but will post my questions in another thread if this is just for info purposes
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is this on 2011 models or 2012 models. My E70 was built before 10/10/10 and does not have the combox, but anything made after 10/10 does. Also, is this just going to be a sticky? Or can we ask questions? I am (have been for a while) interested in getting a used E9x, but will post my questions in another thread if this is just for info purposes
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as soon as i find "the one" i will have more questions. I can't seem to find many for sale in the NE area that have had the break in oil change. Some of these cars are coming off lease and haven't had an oil change for 20,000 miles! (according to car fax).
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is this on 2011 models or 2012 models. My E70 was built before 10/10/10 and does not have the combox, but anything made after 10/10 does. Also, is this just going to be a sticky? Or can we ask questions? I am (have been for a while) interested in getting a used E9x, but will post my questions in another thread if this is just for info purposes
Combox was introduced in the E9X M3 starting with Sept 2010 production. My 9/10 build E90 has the combox...
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Premium package 3 on 2011M 3?

I have a dealer telling me that the 2011 M 3 i'm looking at has premium package 3. I thought there was only premium package and premium package 2 for 2011.

Is the dealer correct? If so, how does package 3 differ from package 2?

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