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Old 08-22-2005, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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wuts up all?? well im new to all this and im trying to get an older M3, like a 94 or 95 nd newer. I am also on a tight budget lol. i was wondering if any one could help me as to if this is the right decision. I was also thinking the 325is or 328is, but i have pretty much researched the hell outa those babies nd the 325is is pretty much my back up car if i cant get an m3. well any help is welcome as to prices and such. thnx!!!

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Old 08-23-2005, 02:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So... How much are you looking to spend? Cause you can get an M3(95-99) for anywhere from under $10k (beat to hell) all the way to... well, a whooooooooooooooole lot o' cash. Tell us what your budget is, and we can help you out a bit more.
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Old 08-23-2005, 12:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I assume you live in Europe for two reason. #1 you mentioned 94 M3. #2 You said Cheers in a serious manner without attempting to invoke laughter. No worries I laughed anyways.

Many of us are in the US and our pricing system is completely different. Out there in Euroland I believe your German cars go a lot cheaper and I dont know how much we can help.

If, however, you are in the US. Then a 95 M3 would be great for you. 1994 did not have a M3, rather a rare M Technic. Good luck on finding one of those.

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Old 08-23-2005, 05:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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haha nah im not in europe...good ol america. srry bout the 94 thing...again...very new to this all i really know about is the 325is. and even then my knowledge isnt to great. haha nice comments bout the cheers...i picked up on saying from this guy i tlk to who is from europe..i'll try not to say it ne more unless im joking lol. but ne wayz my budget would prolly be cheap. 7 grand is prolly the highest i could go...maybe 7500...but i want a fixer uper..unless parts are extremely expensive, in which case i will go with a 325is thnx!
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Old 08-23-2005, 06:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Seems to me like you will have to go for a 325is. My 328i cost me $6,000, but I have had to spend money on fixes, registration, taxes, etc., so I say try to get a 95 325is. SInce it is OBDI (engine management system that is less restrictive and far more moddable than the OBDII system implemented on 1996 and newer vehicles), you have a better chance of getting speed out of it. Check out the e36 forum.
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7.5 is what you'll pay for a 95 fixer upper plus parts will run you another 3-4 thousand... they are very expensive
95 by far is the cheapest m3 out there. sedan cheaper than coupe
e30 m3 are extremely expensive as they are handbuilt, and one in nice condition will run you 15-20gs (valued as only 1000 are left and they had hand built motor). it is possible to get one for 7 but you'll spend 15 in restoring it
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I have a hard time believing that only 1,000 of the e30 M3's are left. after all, they made about 16,000 (not including special editions). and correct me if i'm wrong, but aren't all M engines handbuilt?
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Yep, I think superdeadman is confused or mistaken. There are definitely a few more E30 M3s. And you'll pay $7.5 for a '95 M3 Coupe (There was no 4 door in 95. Only very late '96, 1997, and early '98), if by fixer-upper, you mean "Had a front-end wreck with a tree". I know, cause I picked one up that apparently had a front-end wreck with a tree. Or a light pole or something. Anyway, it was $5k delivered from Mass. to my house in Vegas. And I've probably spent $4 grand on parts already, without even touching the motor. Plus, I'm not rebuilding the M3, just swapping every conceivable part to my old bimmer, the '95 318i. So, just get a decent 325i/is, or a 328i/is and start throwing money at it. Try to stick to late '95 or newer to avoid suspension problems. Plus, anything before VANOS will be more difficult for you to find aftermarket stuff for. Let us know what you are up to. Always love to hear about other people spending thousands of dollars.
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PS: Yes, all M engines are hand built. Ummm.... Or they were. I don't really know about the E46 M3, or the latest offerings. Not too big on the new, really expensive bimmers
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no, it is estimated that there are 1000 m3s left (either in the world or US alone.. i forgot which one.....) as i read it myself in bmw magazine.

i didn't know that all M engines were handbuilt!
i thought it was only e30s....

you're saying that ALL ///M of all year are handbuilt?
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no, it is estimated that there are 1000 m3s left (either in the world or US alone.. i forgot which one.....) as i read it myself in bmw magazine.

i didn't know that all M engines were handbuilt!
i thought it was only e30s....

you're saying that ALL ///M of all year are handbuilt?
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Where was the E39 M5 produced?
Unlike both previous iterations of the M5 (which were hand-assembled at BMW M GmbH in Garching), the E39 M5 was produced on the normal E39 5 Series assembly line at the Dingolfing factory, outside of Munich.


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