In Reply to: Re: Cost of owning an e30 M3 posted by Paul Ikeda on August 25, 2000 at 22:51:46:
I’m in the process of getting a 1988 M3 as a “fun” car. How much money is it to maintain the car? I heard people spending over a grand for service at the dealership. I understand that the Inspection II service is a killer, but can I do some of that work. I also heard that parts for the car cost a fortune. Is that true. I have owned a 1991 525 and that was not to bad for service and parts.
Any other things I should worry about? If everything goes well I should have the car in the next two weeks or so.
yeah, I agree. Owning an M3 is not cheap. My car was neglected by the former owner. The plugs, cap and rotor had not been changed. Plugs about $5 ea, cap $68, rotor $23 for a simply tune up. I also snapped one of the plug wires; took 2 days to get and costs $190. The tires have to be "V" rated. I have had very good luck with the Pirelli P6000 Sport Veloce. They are not very soft like Dunlops, or Michelins, but they are guarantee for 40,000 miles.
Be prepared and even shocked when buying parts and stuff. The car demands and requires attention. I refer to it as my German Mistress.
I do love driving the car though.