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      03-19-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Hard time finding an M3

I've been trying to join the ranks of an M3 owner the past 6 months but I'm having a hard time finding what I'm looking for. Even with a BMW SA helping me out. What I'm looking for is not exactly rare, and probably quite the opposite.

My requirements are for a 09-11' E92, AW or SG w/ Fox Red int, 6MT, NAV, Carbon Fiber Roof, and 19's and preferably under 20k. CPO always a plus but not required.

I have not been able to find one meeting this using the means of (not sure if I can list the site so Im going to abbreviate it) ATrader.com. It seems i'll find one that meets most of my needs but then doesn't have Nav, or has Nav but has a moonroof etc. I am almost at the point of placing a new order with my SA but I have a hard time justifying the big depreciation the moment they are off the lot.

What means have you guys used to find your used M3's, did your SA help? If he/she did were they able to buy one out from another dealer and have it transferred in?

Any help would be appreciated as I'd like to be an M owner by summer time.

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I was so lucky to find exactly what I was looking for. I was looking for a 6MT AW / FR / CF Roof / Alum Trim and I found exactly what I wanted. Be patient, even for me it took 7-8 months to find and negotiate a decent price.

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When you buy used u sometimes have to make compromises on color/trim etc..If you want it spec-d exactly your way..buy new build your own..otherwise keep searching..autotrader , cars.com etc

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I've been trying to join the ranks of an M3 owner the past 6 months but I'm having a hard time finding what I'm looking for. Even with a BMW SA helping me out. What I'm looking for is not exactly rare, and probably quite the opposite.

My requirements are for a 09-11' E92, AW or SG w/ Fox Red int, 6MT, NAV, Carbon Fiber Roof, and 19's and preferably under 20k. CPO always a plus but not required.

I have not been able to find one meeting this using the means of (not sure if I can list the site so Im going to abbreviate it) ATrader.com. It seems i'll find one that meets most of my needs but then doesn't have Nav, or has Nav but has a moonroof etc. I am almost at the point of placing a new order with my SA but I have a hard time justifying the big depreciation the moment they are off the lot.

What means have you guys used to find your used M3's, did your SA help? If he/she did were they able to buy one out from another dealer and have it transferred in?

Any help would be appreciated as I'd like to be an M owner by summer time.
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When you buy used u sometimes have to make compromises on color/trim etc..If you want it spec-d exactly your way..buy new build your own..otherwise keep searching..autotrader , cars.com etc

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I bet if he accepted DCT, he would find his car a lot quicker.

6MT is for ricers...
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      03-19-2012, 03:28 PM   #6
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That was posted on 09-29-2011, 09:59 AM. NOt sure if its still around but if It was still for sale I would jump on it.
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When you buy used u sometimes have to make compromises on color/trim etc..If you want it spec-d exactly your way..buy new build your own..otherwise keep searching..autotrader , cars.com etc

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Correct ... I did this when I purchased my last 2011 AW/FR MT Basic no iDrive. Then changed my mind and had the dealer find me a new one fairly close to what I wanted this time fully loaded.

In retrospect I should have done that in the first place ... then you know what they say love is blind (I too fell in love with the AW/FR it did cost me dearly).

OP.

Find the right salesman he may help you find what you are looking for they can always ship it to a dealer near you for about $1,000- or you go and pick it up it be a great trip

If you purchase private make sure you get the car completely inspected by a BMW dealership, while they do that ask for extended warranty. This will ensure the inspection is done well, the report will aid as a negotiation tool.

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That was posted on 09-29-2011, 09:59 AM. NOt sure if its still around but if It was still for sale I would jump on it.
PM the fellow. You can try. Good luck
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I bet if he accepted DCT, he would find his car a lot quicker.

6MT is for ricers...
Sorry to disagree ... it is for people that like the involvement ... both M-DCT or 6MT are nice it's just a matter of choice. I've always driven standards, it's just my choice.
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Sorry to disagree ... it is for people that like the involvement ... both M-DCT or 6MT are nice it's just a matter of choice. I've always driven standards, it's just my choice.
I was kidding

However, DCT cars are typically loaded with more options than their 6MT counter parts, especially in the older cars.
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Doesn't seem like a hard car to find really.
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6MT is for ricers...
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However, DCT cars are typically loaded with more options than their 6MT counter parts, especially in the older cars.
Got ya .... of course you are right ... my 2002 ///m3 was a SMG Automatic with Paddles I loved it ... best of both worlds (a sort of half shift and automatic)
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I've been trying to join the ranks of an M3 owner the past 6 months but I'm having a hard time finding what I'm looking for. Even with a BMW SA helping me out. What I'm looking for is not exactly rare, and probably quite the opposite.

My requirements are for a 09-11' E92, AW or SG w/ Fox Red int, 6MT, NAV, Carbon Fiber Roof, and 19's and preferably under 20k. CPO always a plus but not required.

I have not been able to find one meeting this using the means of (not sure if I can list the site so Im going to abbreviate it) ATrader.com. It seems i'll find one that meets most of my needs but then doesn't have Nav, or has Nav but has a moonroof etc. I am almost at the point of placing a new order with my SA but I have a hard time justifying the big depreciation the moment they are off the lot.

What means have you guys used to find your used M3's, did your SA help? If he/she did were they able to buy one out from another dealer and have it transferred in?

Any help would be appreciated as I'd like to be an M owner by summer time.
When buying used, one needs to have a little more flexibility than what you seem to be presenting. If you want it the way you want it, just buy new.....damn the depreciation. An M3 is a passion purchase anyway.
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When buying used, one needs to have a little more flexibility than what you seem to be presenting. If you want it the way you want it, just buy new.....damn the depreciation. An M3 is a passion purchase anyway.
Agree. If you want to be that picky (and nothing wrong with that!) just buck up and order a new one. Besides, it's a good excuse to go to Munich!
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And another thing,

The under 20k limitation is larger restirction that people are noticing.

2009, potentially a car sold in 2008, with under 20k...yikes. Probably spent most of it's days in the shop. 2010, VERY VERY short run, not too many 2010 M3s around in general. Also, again 20k on a car that was potentially purchased 3 years ago...just not going to find that in big numbers.

What is your budget? Can you HONESTLY afford an M3? If so, why not lease or buy new? What is an extra 5k?
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And another thing,

The under 20k limitation is larger restirction that people are noticing.

2009, potentially a car sold in 2008, with under 20k...yikes. Probably spent most of it's days in the shop. 2010, VERY VERY short run, not too many 2010 M3s around in general. Also, again 20k on a car that was potentially purchased 3 years ago...just not going to find that in big numbers.

What is your budget? Can you HONESTLY afford an M3? If so, why not lease or buy new? What is an extra 5k?

Actually finding them under 20k isn't that hard, especially for 10's and 11's. There are a ton of 11's with under 15k running for High $50k's (probably one year leases etc).

Can I honestly afford one? Yes. Is it easy to justify spending $20k more on a new '12 compared to a '11 with ~10k miles, No.

I think I could compromise on 18" and MAYBE give up the FR interior but that ones a toughy. And maybe I should just compromise and pick one that meets most of my wants but when I keep seeing Forum posts from members with their newly acquired used M3's with all the things I'm looking for it makes me wonder if I'm missing something here.

As far as DCT, I think i'd like it but regret it later. I love rowing gears and heel-toeing into corners.

But anyhow, did you guys go through your SA to find a used one to transfer in or just search around for dealers to work with?

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If you are flexible on FR take a look at my ad... My car has everything that you are looking for and pretty darn unique since I've never seen the color combination in the US in person.

Silver Novillo IMO one of the most underrated interiors. I was sold the 1st time I saw it in Munich and came home and changed my order from FR to Silver.....

But if your requirements are a must then you should order a new one for sure.

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I just found my car which is a 2008 with under 20k miles. Be patient, it'll be worth it in the end!
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If you are flexible on FR take a look at my ad... My car has everything that you are looking for and pretty darn unique since I've never seen the color combination in the US in person.

Silver Novillo IMO one of the most underrated interiors. I was sold the 1st time I saw it in Munich and came home and changed my order from FR to Silver.....

But if your requirements are a must then you should order a new one for sure.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpos...41&postcount=1
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