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'Perfect running order' can mean many things.. (archive)

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Posted by MPWR on October 02, 2000 at 18:05:55:

In Reply to: Re: wtb: e30 m3 for around 9k posted by krnbk2 on October 02, 2000 at 12:41:39:

My car was in 'perfect running order' too when I bought it (125K miles, stock cond.). And yes, it ran and drove fine. But if you want an E30 M3 with well over 100k miles on it to look and perform (or outperform!) like when it was new, and be a reliable, no worries driver, MANY things need attention. And on any E30 M3, all the regular stuff costs bucket loads of money.

I've owned my car for a year now, and I haven't actually totalled up the reciepts yet, but I've probably spent in the neighborhood of six grand on repairs/upgrades, not counting my recent $2000 stereo. Next year should be about the same money-wise, considering I'll have to rebuild the engine at some point in the near future.

Here's the problem - If all you've got to spend is nine grand, the car you get for that will probably need close to nine grand in repairs/upgrades to make it streetable and reliable. It would be advisable to spend around $15K for one in really good shape.

If you're just looking for a track car, that's a different story.

i also am looking for an e30 M3 but i have found 2 for 10,900 and 10,000. u are saying that these will not be reliable?...when i read the description and called the owbers up thet both saud that they are in perfect runing order. 1 has 128,000 miles and the other has 67,000 miles.
should i take a chance and jump on one of these offers???

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