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Old 07-19-2005, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ive been looking at M3's (e36) and I always seem to hear about the very high maintainence cost associated with them. It always seems that when somone asks about the cost of maintainence the answer is "if you can afford the car then you can afford the maintainence". So I was wondering how much do you e36 m3 owners pay to maintain your car and how much more expensive is the M3 to maintain than say a 325?
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Old 07-19-2005, 10:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had an e36 M3 some time ago and I loved it. The maintenance that I went through was nothing much more than routine....brake pads, oil service, tires etc. The only thing that I had to replace were the control arm bushings at about $600 installed. Everything else hummed perfectly and that was with 112,000 miles on it. The only thing to finish it off was a damn old oak.
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Hey,

I had a 325i, a 328i, and now i have a E36 M3....and the price to maintain is almost the same in all three. There are some parts as far a suspension which may cost a bit more....but not more than a few $$. Tires may be more expensive also, considering the fact that you should get higher performance tires for an M3. But overall, the parts on a normal 3 series and an M3 are very similar. If you are debating whether to get a 3 series vs an M3...due to maintanance...get the M3...
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agreed, maintainace really is quite close to the same, parts are a little more expensive but only because they are suppose to be special for the m cars.
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agreed, maintainace really is quite close to the same, parts are a little more expensive but only because they are suppose to be special for the m cars.
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Second what he said and what everyone else above me has said. I know a lot of M owners, and the only ones who really complain about expensive parts are e46 M3 owners.
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I wouldn't say they are the exact same in pricing, usually any part that has m stamped on it expect to pay twice as much, but as far as the normal parts you would have to replace, they are the same. Make sure its in good shape, I had to replace the clutch and a bunch of oil system parts that the previous owner screwed up, service alone (what I couldn't fix in my garage) has been over $3000, the rest spent was on parts I installed to make it better and faster. You can find a good example around 18-20K, and it is well worth it. I would recommend a few upgrades to make the car a rocketship, but that would be a personal preference thing. Either way you will enjoy it, it makes a normal BMW feel like a soccer mom car!
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and you just have to look for the right price.
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and you just have to look for the right price.
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That's true it's like with everything yes because it's for an M it's gonna be more expensive but your still not gonna jump on the first price they give you have to shop around B) (the girly shopper in me just activated)
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