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Hey,

I am a happy owner of a '80 320i that has served me well for the last 5 years but it is time for a new car, and I want an e36 m3. The one at the dealership is a '98 with the color I want and and all the options. It has 80,000 miles on it and they are asking $19,000. I live in California, so obviously going to have to pay alittle more for this car. I have test driven it and everything seems perfect on it, other then a few small scratches.

Two questions, can someone run a carfax on it for me, the vin is WBSBG9334WEY79196

and secondly, with the right care how many more miles should I expect, and what are the adverage costs that you have experienced with upkeep of an older m3.


Thanks in advance,

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The story of this 1998 BMW M3 (WBSBG9334WEY79196) according to our interpretation of the information reported to CARFAX:
This coupe has had 2 owners and was owned in Colorado. The first title for this coupe was reported to CARFAX by a Colorado DMV in 1998.
It has had no minor or moderate accidents reported to CARFAX.
It has had no DMV-reported total loss events, like a major accident, fire or flood.
It has not been reported by a DMV as having an Exceeds Mechanical Limits or Not Actual Mileage title.
It has a consistent mileage history with no indication of an odometer rollback. It was driven an average of 12,837 miles per year, which is lower than the industry average of 15,000. The last odometer reading, reported on 09/10/2004, was 81,326 miles.
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Total Loss Check No Severe Accidents Reported to DMV - Buyback Guarantee!
Other Accident Indicators No Accident Indicators Reported
2. MILEAGE ACCURACY CHECK

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Odometer Rollback Check No Potential Odometer Rollback Found
Mileage Consistency Check No Inconsistent Odometer Reading Found
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Number of Owners 2 Estimated Owner(s)
Type of Owners Checked 8 Types of Vehicle Registrations
5. RECALL CHECK
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DETAILED VEHICLE HISTORY 8 HISTORY RECORDS REPORTED







Year/Make/Model: 1998 BMW M3

Body Style: COUPE
Engine: 3.2L V6 PFI DOHC 24V
Fuel: GASOLINE
Driveline: REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Manufactured in: GERMANY
Safety Equipment: 4 wheel ABS, Dual air bags front and sides/active (manual) belts

Standard Equipment: Power Windows, Power Steering, Air Conditioning, AM / FM Cassette, Power Brakes, 6-digit Odometer





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Total Loss Check:


GOOD NEWS! No severe damage events were ever reported by a DMV for this 1998 BMW M3 (WBSBG9334WEY79196). If you find that any of the following severe problems were reported by a DMV and not included in this report, CARFAX will buy this vehicle back. You must register to activate this free guarantee!


Salvage Title Loss Due To Fire Title
Junk Title Flood Damage Title
Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title Hail Damage Title
Dismantled Title Canadian Total Loss


Other Accident Indicators:


This 1998 BMW M3 (WBSBG9334WEY79196) had no accident indicators reported to CARFAX from its sources. This section checks for accidents and/or related damage reported from many public and private sources. Not all accidents are reported to CARFAX. A vehicle inspection completed by your dealer or professional mechanic is recommended.

No Salvage Auction Record Reported No Crash Test Vehicle Record Reported
No Fire Damage Record Reported No Airbag Deployment Record Reported
No Police Accident Record Reported No Damage Disclosure Record Reported


CARFAX depends on public and private sources for its accident data. Each one of these sources has different processing times. CARFAX can only report what is in our database on 08.Dec.2004 13:41:43. New data will result in a change to this report.






Truth-In-Mileage Check:


GOOD NEWS! No major odometer problems were ever reported by a DMV under the Truth-In-Mileage Act for this 1998 BMW M3 (WBSBG9334WEY79196). If you find that any of the following odometer problems were reported by a DMV and not included in this report, CARFAX will buy this vehicle back. You must register to activate this free guarantee!

Not Actual Mileage Title - issued by DMV when the owner discloses mileage fraud or a broken odometer.
Exceeds Mechanical Limits Title - issued by DMV when the owner discloses an


Odometer Rollback Check:


CARFAX found no odometer rollbacks for this 1998 BMW M3 (WBSBG9334WEY79196). Rollbacks reported in this section originate from readings collected by a DMV or other verifiable source.

Mileage Consistency Check:


CARFAX found no inconsistent odometer readings in the mileage history of this 1998 BMW M3 (WBSBG9334WEY79196).

Date: Mileage:
05/26/1998 111
07/10/2001 37,560
09/12/2001 37,754
09/10/2004 81,326



Average miles driven per year 12,837 CARFAX AdvisorTM Compare this vehicle's average annual mileage to the industry average of 15,000 miles per year. Use this comparison to determine how this vehicle was driven.






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Ownership History:


CARFAX estimates that this 1998 BMW M3 (WBSBG9334WEY79196) had 2 owner(s). CARFAX analyzed this vehicle's title history and other supporting events to identify potential ownership transfers. In compliance with the U.S. privacy laws, CARFAX does not collect or report owner names or addresses.

Estimated Owners: Date: Location:
1st owner 05/26/1998 Colorado
2nd owner 09/12/2001 Colorado

Types of Owners:


This 1998 BMW M3 (WBSBG9334WEY79196) was checked for 8 types of registrations.

Personal Use Registration Reported No Fleet Registration Reported
Lease Registration Reported No Commercial Registration Reported
No Rental Registration Reported No Non-Profit Registration Reported
No Taxi Registration Reported No Built to Non U.S. Standards Record Reported






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CARFAX searched more than 3 billion records from over 5,300 sources and found 8 record(s) for this 1998 BMW M3 (WBSBG9334WEY79196).

Date:
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04/20/1998 US Customs
Vehicle exported from
Germany
and imported to
Port Hueneme, CA


05/13/1998 Colorado
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Denver, CO
Registered as
personal vehicle


05/26/1998 111 Colorado
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Denver, CO
Title #01W248824
Title or registration issued
First owner reported
Loan or lien reported


07/10/2001 37,560 Colorado
Inspection Station
Passed emissions inspection


08/08/2001 Dealer Inventory
Littleton, CO
Vehicle offered for sale


09/12/2001 37,754 Colorado
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Littleton, CO
Title #515857
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
Registered as lease vehicle


09/10/2004 81,326 California
Inspection Station
Passed emissions inspection


09/15/2004 Dealer Inventory
Santa Rosa, CA
Vehicle offered for sale


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First Owner
When the first owner(s) obtains a title from a Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of ownership.

Lease
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New Owner Reported
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Personal Use
Vehicle was registered by the owner for private or personal use.




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Canadian Total Loss
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For your convenience, CARFAX has estimated the remaining original manufacturer warranty coverage based on information reported to us on this 1998 BMW M3 (WBSBG9334WEY79196). Please confirm remaining factory warranty and extended warranty options with your dealer.

Estimated start date of warranty: 05/13/1998
Last reading reported on 09/10/2004: 81,326 miles Recalculate with current mileage
Today's Date: December 8, 2004

Type of Coverage: Original Warranty: Estimated Remaining Coverage:
Basic 48 months or 50,000 miles Coverage expired
Drivetrain 48 months or 50,000 miles Coverage expired
Emissions 24 months or 24,000 miles Coverage expired
Corrosion 72 months or unlimited mileage Coverage expired
Transferable Transferable at no cost Same
Roadside Assistance 48 months or 50,000 miles Coverage expired
Safety Belt & Inflatable Restraint No data reported to CARFAX
Specific Components 96 months or 80,000 miles Coverage expired
Notes: Manufacturer covers emissions components under basic warranty. Emissions coverage may vary by state. Refer to owners manual for specific details. Transferable: no cost, unlimited owners covered. Corrosion coverage may require a once a year inspection. Models sold after 10/01/96 have 3 years or 36,000 miles schedules maintenance coverage.




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thanks a ton, i just put in the app for the car lone so i think im an owner of a 98 m3 im so happy.
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Well you arent getting a deal, but your not losing so its a average price. If your good at it you could wheel and deal with them a bit. Ask them if its had its inspections I & II. Also, bring up things like the suspension (springs/Shocks), RTAB's, RSM's do get them down a bit more these things tend to go bad around 50,000 MIles so ask them if they have been replaced. Water Pump is prob still the plastic one another thing to brign up to get some $ off. Im just giving these to help you get some $$ off not sayign that this is a bad car this happeneds with every M. Good Luck with the buy PM me if you got any questions
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