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      03-16-2013, 02:51 PM   #23
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Yeah the one thing that I haven't done nearly enough research on is the maintenance. I don't really know what goes wrong with a 6MT around 100,000 miles.
It's not specifically the transmission that you have to worry about. Only worry with SMG is the pump.

But as for normal maintenance around 100k, you're looking at the following possibly failing:

Alternator
Waterpump
Fuel Pump
Vanos Tabs
Subframe
Cooling System (Radiator, etc.)
Belts
Pulleys

To name a few...
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      03-16-2013, 03:51 PM   #24
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Alternator
Waterpump
Fuel Pump
Vanos Tabs
Subframe
Cooling System (Radiator, etc.)
Belts
Pulleys

To name a few...
I've heard about the Vanos and Subframe issues. Everything else sounds pretty common. BMW parts are like 100x more expensive than for other cars though haha
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      03-17-2013, 06:55 PM   #25
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I've heard about the Vanos and Subframe issues. Everything else sounds pretty common. BMW parts are like 100x more expensive than for other cars though haha
Exactly. And the majority of people don't work on the cars themselves and get bent over by the dealer
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      03-17-2013, 08:32 PM   #26
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Some people think they have high prices, but enthusiastauto.com have a bunch of m3s. They do a bunch of maintenance upon purchase and usually have some awesome combos! Give it a look, great rep as well when buying sight unseen.

So here is the best of both worlds...I have a car that is 5 months removed from enthusiast auto, I welcome verification and a PPI, I bought it in November and lost my storage spot..so I am selling my LSB/Black mint 77k 6MT and my x5 to buy a e90..need to haul two kids now..if interested call me or email. Plus I am on the east coast!! Atlanta

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For Sale: 2004 M3 Convertible

I'm selling my 2004 M3 Convertible - in Excellent Condition – no low ball offers – asking $18,900. Well taken care of - the body is in pristine condition . Great vehicle with 84,000 miles – definitely lower than the average miles for this vehicle. Runs great, no accidents and clear Title in Hand. Black Leather seats are in great condition with slight wear on the Driver’s seat, includes OEM BMW Embroidered Driver and Passenger Seat covers & OEM BMW M3 Embroidered (w/Stripes) steering wheel, shifter and console cover. Also a separate Air Intake is available for this model.

Serious Inquiries Only - Located in Fayetteville, NC.
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      03-18-2013, 05:25 PM   #28
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Beautiful car. I'm not one for the verts myself. GLWS!
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That's actually REALLY good for a car like that especially right out of college. I'll be sure to check them out. Certainly won't need $30k for an e46, not trying to have a car payment above $250-$300/mo.
I graduated from College 9 months ago and I'm approved for a $50k loan at 2.75% interest through USAA. Also just leased a BMW. Recently graduating doesn't mean you have to pay 9% interest. Look around and compare rates. No reason in this banking climate to pay more than 4-5% interest unless you have bankruptcies or 0 credit history... OP should be able to get a loan through PenFed or USAA for low rates as long as you've had some form of credit for the last couple years.
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That's really good news for me! I'm outta here in 6 weeks... then the hunt for financing can commence haha I'm so pumped!
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I graduated from College 9 months ago and I'm approved for a $50k loan at 2.75% interest through USAA. Also just leased a BMW. Recently graduating doesn't mean you have to pay 9% interest. Look around and compare rates. No reason in this banking climate to pay more than 4-5% interest unless you have bankruptcies or 0 credit history... OP should be able to get a loan through PenFed or USAA for low rates as long as you've had some form of credit for the last couple years.
A $50k loan must make a fun monthly payment huh?
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