In Reply to: E30 M3 ( kind of long) posted by DIM3 on January 07, 2000 at 11:59:11:
I just bought an E30 M3 a little over 2 weeks ago. I live in the Bay area, and it appeared to me as though there were some nice M3 around for sale. I got mine for $15,500 with way more mods than any one really needs. The car has a Dinan 2.6 L stroker motor, stage 3 susp. etc... The guy I bought my car from was willing to go to any mechanic I wanted to go to, he ended up driving about an hour from San Jose to Dublin, staying for a little over 3 hours while the car was being checked out, and then had to drive back. If the seller is confident in the car he should have no problem with you having it inspected. I wouldn't by a car w/o having an inspection done. I'd wait for another car to turn up. If it seems to good to be true it probably is.
: Hello Guys,
: This is the first time I write to this particular board, but I need your help. I used to own a 96' M3, but I had to sell it just last month. Now being M3less, I feel that the pain is just to great to bear, and again I am in a search for another M3.
: But since my budget is somewhat limited, I have focused my search to an E30 M3.
: Realizing that this is such a hard task, last night I was finally lucky enough to even test drive one. The car is in SF Bay Area. Its a 1990 M3, red, with 96K, and the guy is asking for $12K (completely stock). He has a BMW garage, and he claims that he bought it, from a wholesaler.
: From what I was able to see ( it was after 7pm) the exterior/ interior was OK. I believe that the car was freshly painted ( he denied that). Moreover the car paint was different from the spoiler color -more like a pink-red?!! He claimed that he just did a tune up. The car ran OK. I mean this is the first E30 M3 I am driving, so the usual "kick" from my previous M3 was not there, but it was strong. While test driving it, I accidentally turn the windshield wipers on, and then I could not stop them at all. Even when I turned the engine off, and turned back on, they were still running???
: The guy said that he did not have ANY receipts from previous services or anything. When I told him that I would like to take it to my local dealer for inspection, he told me that he would not do it since it was too far away (30 miles)!!
: What do you guys think? Is it worth pursuing?
: Please let me know.
: Dimitre (DIM3)