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#1 (permalink) Old 01-05-2005, 08:24 PM
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Hello, I am new to the forum and to the whole BMW thing. I am just now looking into getting a 2 door M3 and would like to know what to look for? known problems with them, what costs of mods are, best years to look at(trying to stay under 17k) if high mileage is all that bad? stuff like that, if anyone could help me out i would reall appreciate it.
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first off, welcome to the forums.. and welcome to the bmw world... first off, what was your previous car.. and what is your range to spend.. bmw parts are extremely exspensive. as are mods.. sure u can search around on ebay but its not the same...
as most bmw owners say, not only do u have to be rich to buy a bmw, u have to be rich to maintain... good luck and

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My previous cars have been all GM. Had a 93 Bonneville, 89 Firebird Formula and now drive a winter beater 89 Corsica(while i save for the bmw.) Main reason for lookin now is I just got into a good career and finally able to afford something nice, figured I'd get a car I like when spring roles around.

I wouldnt wanna go over 17k on the car, preferably 15ish or less. I have found some around my area for 13k i think it was a 96 M3 with like 96k miles on it.
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Don't be scared away by high mileage. The most important thing to do is to find out if the car has been well-maintained (obv. not always easy to do). But regular oil changes can mean much more than how many miles it has on it. Good luck with your search!

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Welcome to the forum. Yes, like Cruzin said, make sure you'll be able to maintain your vehicle. I wouldn't go as far as saying that parts are extremely expensive or that you have to be rich to maintain a BMW, but you definitely cannot afford to keep one if you are poor. That said, BMWs are great cars and last very long if well maintained. Try to find out as much as possible about the particular vehicle you are buying (CARFAX, service records, take a mechanic to inspect it). Look in the FAQs section of the forum; there is a thread dedicated to purchasing used vehicles. Take your time. You should be in no hurry. Your Corsica I believe is good enough to get around. Buy when you are certain you have found what you want.

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