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      07-04-2013, 03:30 PM   #67
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Originally Posted by Obioban View Post
I agree, which is EXACTLY why I bought my M3 new. I knew I wasn't going to sell it (ever), I wanted it optioned exactly how I wanted it, and I wanted it broken in and maintained to my standard from day 1. So I bought it new and have done so. And, really, I continue to maintain it as a $60,000 car, even though these days I'd likely get more like $18,000 for it. No expense has been spared in any repair, every preventative fix available has been done to my car. In the 135,000 miles I've been driving it, including 4000 track miles, it has broken down zero times, and there's no reason it should be breaking down in the future.
This is why buying a BMW M3 with a lot of miles is a risk worth taking.
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      07-10-2013, 08:59 PM   #68
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Originally Posted by 4corners View Post
This is why buying a BMW M3 with a lot of miles is a risk worth taking.
Well I can weigh in here given that I just last week purchased an E90 M3 with 91K miles on it, and the above quote is accurate. Most people take good care of their M3s because a) they are expensive and b) people who drive them are usually into cars. It's not like the Honda Boredom 3.0L that people don't care about and gets a yearly oil top-up (whether it needs it or not), if the driver can find where to pop the hood, or even remember if the hood is at the front or the back of the car.

After looking at dozens of M3s in the last two months across the US, I saw only one that looked like it had had a hard life. It had 65,000 on it and it looked like it had been carrying sumo wrestlers around at top speed through a sandstorm all its life. Chipped to buggery, badly worn and filthy leather, suspension looked sagged, and it was several thousand more than the one I ended up with simply because it had less miles. But that was the exception, it's rare to find one that's not clean.

I've owned two E36 M3s and an E46 M3 in Australia and they have both been completely bulletproof, had very few issues with them apart from a sensor here or there and the usual wear items like brake rotors etc. As for them being driven hard, I don't think it really happens unless you're on the track, I mean who is pushing these cars to the limit constantly on the road to the point where their life would be considered "hard"?

I've just moved to the US and the car I found had all the options I wanted, has no paint chips anywhere (the front bumper assembly was resprayed) and is in great condition. I can't see it costing me $5,000 to $10,000 more than an M3 with half the miles would over the next few years.

As for new vs used, I've owned new cars and see the appeal, I'd not bother again though. I considered a new M3 but the "new car feel" is a massive premium for something I'm not that fussed about.
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