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Re: Depends, completely, on condition... (more) (archive)

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Posted by john on April 28, 2001 at 10:57:59:

In Reply to: Depends, completely, on condition... (more) posted by Jon on April 27, 2001 at 12:38:47:

it is good to have something to compare to. I just drove a co-workers '90 w/ 81k, beautiful inside and out, all stock but dinan chip. All fluids and hoses done as well as other maintenance by a well known shop near me. Owner wants close to $15k. A little high for me, but I'm thinking about it.

It was only the second M3 I've driven...and I guess I've been spoiled in my cousins stroked '93 M5 and his '98 M3, but it was very tight, couldn't find much wrong other than the Yoko A-509 in 225/50-15.

thoughts? something to look for?

I bought my 1990 w/ 80K miles a year ago for $9500. I knew it hadn't had much "normal" maintenance recently, i.e. belts, valve adjustment, and hoses. I knew I would have to replace some stuff.

Does the one you are looking at have:

A recent Inspection II?
New hoses?
Newish shocks?
New tires?
Mint interior?
Sparkling paint?
Other recent repairs?

My point is that, for $15K, you should get a pretty well sorted out 85K mile car. If all the little stuff that these cars need after 10 or more years of life have not been done, your $15K could quickly turn into $20K. If you pay $10K for the car, expect to fix stuff soon but don't pay $15K for a $10K car.



I found an 88 M3 for sale in my area. It has 85K miles of which 63K were put on by 1993 (the current owner purchased it at this time). It is covered, garaged and has synthetics throughout. Pretty much stock except for chip and air filter.

The owner is asking 16K for it, and I wanted to ask the experts if this was a reasonable price for it.

Thanks for any help.


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