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      08-10-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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E9x M3 buying guide?

Hello, I was wondering if there's a FAQ of some sort which details what to look out for when buying E9X M3 used? I did not see anything like that stickied or in search. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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      08-10-2011, 12:47 PM   #2
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Since you're from Va, i'll give you some advice when looking at dealers. Don't buy from BMW that's located next to the Ferrari/Lambo dealer in Sterling. They had an 08 M3 with oil sprayed all over the engine bay, coked on, quart low oil indicator flashing after a test drive.

Saleswoman (foreshadowing), asked what I thought of the vehicle.

"This is a no-go, there is oil sprayed all over the engine bay."

Her response, "Well, can you show me? I don't even know what an engine bay is."




I got a GREAT deal at BMW of Fairfax.
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      08-10-2011, 03:17 PM   #3
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EVO magazine (a European publication) did a great used e90/92/93 buyers guide two or three month ago. I picked it up in Amsterdam but left it in the airplane.

A search of their website may uncover it.
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      08-10-2011, 03:20 PM   #4
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Buyers Guide: Euro Delivery, get an individual color and more options then you need.

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      08-10-2011, 11:50 PM   #5
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      08-11-2011, 12:51 AM   #6
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EVO magazine (a European publication) did a great used e90/92/93 buyers guide two or three month ago. I picked it up in Amsterdam but left it in the airplane.

A search of their website may uncover it.
don't know how I missed that!

The current issue of BMWcar has an E9x M3 buying guide.
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      08-11-2011, 03:21 AM   #7
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Since you're from Va, i'll give you some advice when looking at dealers. Don't buy from BMW that's located next to the Ferrari/Lambo dealer in Sterling. They had an 08 M3 with oil sprayed all over the engine bay, coked on, quart low oil indicator flashing after a test drive.

Saleswoman (foreshadowing), asked what I thought of the vehicle.

"This is a no-go, there is oil sprayed all over the engine bay."

Her response, "Well, can you show me? I don't even know what an engine bay is."




I got a GREAT deal at BMW of Fairfax.
Lmfao!!!!!!!
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      08-11-2011, 08:00 AM   #8
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Some very good guide lines here

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Hello, I was wondering if there's a FAQ of some sort which details what to look out for when buying E9X M3 used? I did not see anything like that stickied or in search. Your help is greatly appreciated.

-exVtekGuy
I did purchase a few lightly used BMW's and always relied on a BMW complete inspection before the purchase. I would never purchase a used car without this dealer inspection when it was a private deal.

One good write up from another site, this fellow has some excellent points;-

(I will not post the link to the site since this is not ethical). I take no credit for the information / guidelines below. I am simply passing it on for the benefit of the original poster. I thank the original author of this write up.

I will send you a PM so you may go and look it up.

Cheers

UPDATE .... Unfortunately I cannot send you a private message since you have not turned that future on in your USER CP... PM me and I will forward the link.
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      08-11-2011, 08:51 AM   #9
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thanks for the info guys. I'm a noob so no pm for me yet If you can email me the link to mycarisjunk at gmail dot com, I'd appreciate it.

I'll obviously do a PPI in case of private deal but then there's always a case like the guy stated about BMW dealer....
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      08-11-2011, 09:07 AM   #10
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thanks for the info guys. I'm a noob so no pm for me yet If you can email me the link to mycarisjunk at gmail dot com, I'd appreciate it.

I'll obviously do a PPI in case of private deal but then there's always a case like the guy stated about BMW dealer....
Sorry, I don't give out my e-mail address, e-mailing you would do just that.

You need to turn on the option in your CP User Section

1) click on "User CP" (above)

then

2) Select "Edit Options"

3) Click on "Enable Private Messaging"

once you done that PM me and I will send you the link.

The link is from another forum and I will NOT post it here.
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      08-11-2011, 09:09 AM   #11
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      08-11-2011, 09:12 AM   #12
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exVtekGuy, you need at least 5 posts in the forum for the PM option to work for you. Make a few more posts and Rolf can them PM you...
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      08-11-2011, 10:08 AM   #13
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ok no prob. I have generic email(like the one I listed) for stuff like this but I understand.
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OK can you pm me in 24-48 hrs?
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