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Rarity makes the price. (archive)

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Posted by Lee on December 24, 2000 at 11:54:05:

The other day I checked brand new e30 prices from an old brochure. The M3 was pricier by about 25% than the 325i. Now, 12 years later, something funny happened. Even though the M3 is not a supercar compared to the 325i, we all agree that it handles a bit better, has a bit more horsepower but, as an homologation special racecar, it is costlier to maintain and service, but most of all, it is much rarer.

Today, depending on where you live in North-America, a very good 325i will command a $4000- $7000 price tag. As an M3 will double that amount, at least. And we are not talking creampuff prices either.

So, from 25% higher, we are now at 100% more expensive.

The cars are being trashed year after year on racetracks, so volume will diminish even more.

Even used engine prices are skyrocketing. $3k-$4K for a 100K miles engine, come on.

BUt after all that grinching, I am still happy we have M3s to drive...

Merry Xmas to you all.

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