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Old 05-15-2004, 05:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The question is can it be rebuilt, without breaking the bank.









This would be my 1st new? BMW.
This is a 2004 M3 with less 1500 miles on it from a insurance yard.

I am looking for people thoughs on .... is it worth it?
What key items are going to be a nightmare? (both air bags)
How much of a vaule loss is there with a salaveged title?
Or do I just parts it out for the cash?

I really would like to be a member of the club but price is a concern.
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Old 05-15-2004, 07:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 05-15-2004, 09:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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doesnt look that fucked up... you might have to replace the radiator and some other small engine components. headlights, bumper, front panels. It will probablly run you 10k to be back to perfect (keeping in mind the engine is not fucked up)
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If the frame is torked then you're screwed.

The insurance co. should be able to direct you to a competent repair center.

What's the value of a car like this w/o the accident? $50k? Why is is valued at $6.5k?
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What do you have to pay for this wrecked one?

BTW, it looks like the threshold is bend!??
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Old 05-15-2004, 01:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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just keep in mind: the insurance company thought it was easier/less $$$ to scrap the car than repair it so... you might wanna get a newer one...
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If you buy it, then your stuck paying for the repairs, no matter how much they cost, $5k, $10k, $20k! may be more...do you have that kind of cash? And what do you have in the end. Most likely a lot of little problems that will continue to zap your cash.

Prolly better to put the $10k down on a good used one.

Good luck.

btw, imo, I wouldn't touch this.
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If you get it, I say part it. If it's get the 6 speed you can get money for that. Rims look ok, money for those, and if the engine is good LOTS for that.

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im not sure I agree with silver on thi one..


Much of the enginebay seems to be in pristine condition.

your just goign to need a few panel. intake...blahblah blah cheap stuff. You cud even upgrade while doing it.
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Maybe you could pay a mechanic/autobody repair person to check out the car and give you an estimate before you bought it.

Otherwise, it's just speculation as to what it will cost.

Also, I've had cars that have been in an accident and all the visible damage repaired. Every time that's happened there's always been residual electronic/mechancial problems that couldn't be directly traced to the accident but that weren't there before the accident. Basically, the whole car has taken a big hit and could have future problems.

If the insurance company won't fix it, and they do this every day to make a living, why do you think you know more than they do?
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how much are they asking for it. if its cheap enough you could buy it and part it out for some good cash but get a body shop estimate
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