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      08-29-2010, 01:32 PM   #1
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How hard is it to find specific used e90 M3's?

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I think I've decided to get an E90 M3 next spring/summer. Here in Canada it's about 76K+ tax (86K$) for minimal options. If I was to order the car I really would like it would be close to 90K without tax. I believe my best option is to get a 1-2 year old car from down south. I've researched the process and it seems doable, and will likely save me 20-30K compared to a similarly equipped new car and 10-15k compared to a similar used car here in Canada. The selection of used M3's in Canada is abysmal. Right now there are only about a dozen total in the whole country and very few sedans.

I'd like an E90 with one of the following color combinations: 1. JB exterior and FR interior. 2. Graphite exterior and FR interior or 3. Red exterior with Black interior. (I've listed them in order of preference. For now anyway). A 2009 or 2010 would be preferrable. I'd like it with DCT, ZTP, ZPP, and fully loaded if possible. Preferably less than 15k miles. Right now on Auto Trader and Yahoo Auto there are no cars that meet that criteria. There are a few that have those options, but I'd have to compromise on color combinations.

Am I being to picky? Will it be reasonably easy to find a car like that? I will travel anywhere within the US to get it. About how much would I have to pay for a fully loaded 2009-2010 E90M3 with about 10K miles? (Right now it looks like a 2008-2009 car like that is about 53-55K would it be a reasonable assumption that it would be similar for a 2009-2010 in 9 months). I'm looking for feedback from others that have gone the used route and there experience finding a car they wanted.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Edit: Can I be assured that any DCT I purchased next May-June would be free from the lag I've read about? Should I avoid 2008's or can I easily get it updated? I likely will be purchasing from a large distance so I wouldn't get to test drive until I actually got down there. I'd want to make sure that any car I considered would be free of mechanical issues as I don't want to waste a trip.

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      08-29-2010, 02:23 PM   #2
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I have been searching for a jet black e90 m3 with black interior, 6-speed, nav, and no moonroof for a reasonable price with less than 30k miles for over a year and the first one I've been able to find pops up on autotrader a couple days ago...and is located 2 blocks from my house.
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I have been searching for a jet black e90 m3 with black interior, 6-speed, nav, and no moonroof for a reasonable price with less than 30k miles for over a year and the first one I've been able to find pops up on autotrader a couple days ago...and is located 2 blocks from my house.
If that doesn't work out I have your car, except with moonroof.
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G/L with that. I would only be picky about the color, but not options.
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took me a while to find a used E90, and even longer to find one that fit my criteria (low miles, color, options, etc)
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if you do find it, I'll love to be your dealer. It wont' seem like your demand is very elastic.
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      09-03-2010, 10:52 AM   #7
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Where are the best places to look. I've been using autos.yahoo.com. And they seem to have alot of cars and easy to organize. Where else should I search.
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Where are the best places to look. I've been using autos.yahoo.com. And they seem to have alot of cars and easy to organize. Where else should I search.
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Agree. Prior to ordering my car, I thought long and hard about finding a low mileage used E92 M3. Cars.com seems to have the best selection.

Another option is autotrader.com

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Thanks for all the replies.

It seems like there are more and more 2009 e90 M3's showing up every week. Hopefully it won't be too hard to find the right one next spring

I have another question. Prices for used M3's seem to fluctuate by as much as 15% for cars with similar mileage and options. How much do dealers typically mark up used cars? I've seen that many dealers are selling new M3's for invoice +500$ which is about a 8% discount. Is there a ballpark figure for a discount on used M3's?
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      09-14-2010, 02:50 PM   #11
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I think a lot of it is luck. I am in Toronto was looking for a used M3, sedan or coupe (preferred sedan), but couldn't find anything suitable. I was going to go with a 335is, but then one day I went on AutoTrader and saw a private sale for an 08 M3 sedan in Sparkling Graphite with Fox interior and only 20,000 kilometers. Went to see it the next day and sealed the deal on the spot. You just have to keep on looking.
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