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      02-03-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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should I jump in?

yesterday I hit up a private lot in LA that had a very nice e46 M3. the car is a 2004 with high mileage. its Silver Gray with black leather. 19"s, manual seats, non-navi, sun roof, 6MT, sport button, pre wired: phone 6 disk and somethin else. zenons LED (standard on '03.5+?)

I drove the car, It pulled hard and the sport button worked perfectly I heard no unusual noises. the oil looked really clean. no leaks, brakes were very meaty, tires brand new. the clutch did not slip at all and it felt strong.

heres the issue, the car has 70k on it and I'm a little nervous about reliability. this is going to be a DD for going back to school. I'm going to be making a lot less money so I don't want to be spending it on replacing parts.

keep in mind my labor is pretty much free bbecause my dad has a little mechanic shop. only thing I'd have to pay for is the actual parts.
I have a deposite on the car and it's pretty much a done deal unless I decide to back out. so if you guys could either talk me in to it or out of it that'd be great.
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      02-03-2010, 01:47 PM   #2
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is 70K miles THAT much on a german car???
if the price is right market-wise, i'd take it...
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Looks good to me. If the car has been maintained well, 70k miles shouldn't be a problem.
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My father drives a 2002 S430 w/t 185K It still runs great!
As long as you drive it w/t respect and don't romp on it 24/7 It should be fine.
Ow and don't let any women drive it!

Keep in mind the 6Speeds work well but if it's an SMG forget about it.
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My father drives a 2002 S430 w/t 185K It still runs great!
As long as you drive it w/t respect and don't romp on it 24/7 It should be fine.
Ow and don't let any women drive it!

Keep in mind the 6Speeds work well but if it's an SMG forget about it.
he says 6MT, and it does look like a manual in the pics... GO FOR IT
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      02-03-2010, 04:26 PM   #7
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thank you and everyone else. I just called a friend that still works at the dealer and had him look it up and he had great news! the car has been serviced at the dealer and had 2 recalls done. he didn't understand what they were though, I'm going to have to call the service advisor. the oil was changed roughly every 7K mi. he also told me the car still has warranty untill July or 100K!!!
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      02-03-2010, 04:28 PM   #8
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BTW price is $21,500. looks like a fair price
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Seems like a win to me.
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If the price is fair everything else sounds good....go for it. I absolutely love the e46-good luck!
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That looks like an awesome car. The seats don't even look bad for 70k.
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Where is that dealer in SB ? Been there as exchange student and never saw it.
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      02-05-2010, 12:00 PM   #13
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thanks everyone! If everything goes as planned I will be picking up the car later today
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no it's in Los Angeles
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Nice! Post some good shots up when you have it.
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thanks everyone! If everything goes as planned I will be picking up the car later today
Definitely check the date on the battery. Should be on the negative terminal side facing the back of the car. If it's original I'd recommend replacing it immediately.
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That's a good deal, congrats on it. Looks really clean.
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      02-08-2010, 05:16 PM   #17
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just picked it up guys. I don't have many pics and probly wont untill I drop it at least but heres the iPhone pic.
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congrats mang! e46 M3 is sooo much win!!
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congrats mang! e46 M3 is sooo much win!!
Especially for the $$ these days. I wouldn't mind picking up a low mileage coupe before they're all gone. There isn't a better $30K-ish bang for the buck. Plus, the E46 M3 is just classic. It's the most perfect sized M3 to date.
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ive definately seen you by the movie theater in goleta before..very nice
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ive definately seen you by the movie theater in goleta before..very nice
we have a meet at the Home Depot every friday at about 9:00 you should roll by. also theres a M3 parked in the lot by sports authority you may have seen him. I see that thing ALL the time
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we have a meet at the Home Depot every friday at about 9:00 you should roll by. also theres a M3 parked in the lot by sports authority you may have seen him. I see that thing ALL the time
9 PM?? lol why so late!
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