In Reply to: Buy stock vs. modified? posted by Skid on October 19, 1999 at 00:39:44:
: Looking for an E30 M3 that will be used at the track for driving schools, club sessions, and autoX besides being a daily driver. I'm wavering on whether to pursue a ready-for-track well modified (but likely thrashed) car or a stock, well-babied specimen and spend for the mods myself. The trade-off presumably is that the stock vehicle will cost significantly more all-in once the wheels, tires, oil pan, suspension, chip investment is done but the "thrashed" car, while good-to-go off the bat, will require more ongoing maintenance expense.
: '88 535is
I was looking to do the same as you and ended up with a combination of the two. A slightly modified car which hadn't been thrashed too much.
I'd go for the babied car and modify it myself. That way you get to pick and choose what to change on the car next and feel the difference each upgrade makes plus you'll have brand new parts not ones that someone else has beaten on.
I find myself upgrading parts on my car that had been previously upgraded by the previous owner but he didn't use my first choice.
Example: It had a Dinan chip, I went with a Conforti chip. It has Intrax springs, my choice would be H&R or Eibach. At least he went with Bilsteins and RDSport sway bars which would've been my choice. I have a feeling this upgrading thing is never ending.