Originally Posted by Nine
Right, but I'd say most 'new' buyers are leasing, most 'owners' are looking for that CPO'd 100k warranty...IMHO.
compared to the 335i, the M3 is a huge step up. Compared to the market, the M3 is a very hot car, it gets praise left and right, many buyers will pay that extra 2-3k to get the car they want (CPO's, loaded, clean) and dealers/sales people take advantage of it.
I'm buying mine, but I see your point.
However, I suggest if you are looking at a '10 or '11 (and maybe an '09) M3, right now with 2.9% financing for 60 months (+1% loyalty credit if you qualify, and I do!), taking a euro delivery vehicle is still likely cheap enough to allow you to buy some ridiculously long extended warranty that is better than the CPO one (many extended warranties are better than CPO, btw, and I've had a CPO BMW).