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Re: What do yo guys do for a living? MPG? (archive)

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Posted by CFL on June 06, 2000 at 23:35:38:

In Reply to: What do yo guys do for a living? MPG? posted by Hoa on June 06, 2000 at 23:10:26:

: I'm currently a 2002 owner who is thinking about getting an M3. I've driven 2 so far (a stocker and one slightly modified) and was impressed by both. I've heard M3's can be real money pits (I heard the same about 2002s and it's mostly true, but the '02 has been more fun than I imagined, skinny tires and all). What do you guys do to support your habit and what kind of fuel economy are you getting? I just hope I'm not out of my league here, financially. I'll be getting about $14.50/hr at a new job and I have no dependents. Thanks in advance.

: Hoa Nguyenphuc
: '72 2002
: '73 3.0CS
: '72 Datsun 240Z (selling soon)

You have to be ready to drop large sums at the drop of a hat. If you have other cars, you might be OK but if you're selling the other ones and keeping an M3 as a daily car... then I'd say pass on it.

A 10-12 year old car as you can imagine is not as reliable as you would like it to be. Mine has been flawless but I constantly replace parts even before it needs them, coolant hoses are all new, mounts everywhere, vaccum hoses, fuel hoses, all filters, all fluids, new dampers, bushings, gaskets, sensors... small items add up to a whole lot of $$$ especially when the parts are engine related. With this engine you pay up to 10 times the price of regular E30 parts, on average I would say it is closer to 3 times as much. Cheap car to get into, very expensive to maintain properly.

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