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Re: Thinking about buying, couple questions (archive)

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Posted by David on May 23, 2001 at 14:10:48:

In Reply to: Thinking about buying, couple questions posted by Andrew Cole on May 23, 2001 at 13:51:26:

daily driver about 2k per year if not more. Records for these cars are great, but depending on mileage will tell you what the car is due for. Around 100k they say to replace the chain tensioner, $1k. If it needs a basic tune up, $500, if it needs a valve cover gasket, always go bad when sitting on these cars, $200. Any Misc. leaks or ride problems, $400. If the suspension is worn out $500. I could go on with this list. It just really depends on mileage and what has been done in the past. I bought my 88 for $6700 with 103k and it is now a race car, but I can do a lot of the work myself. These cars require deep pockets. Hope that helps.

I've read all the threads I can find and gotten a lot of good information. My questions have probably already been answered before, but if you'd be so kind as to reanswer or point out where I can find answers, I'd appreciate it.

If I buy an 88-89 M3 with 80-110,000 miles and a normal maintenance history (whatever that means), about how much will have to be done to the car in terms of dollars to get it prepared to be a daily driver, occasional autocrosser?

About how much does the average E30 M3 owner spend a year on maintenance to keep the car in good working order?

About how many times per year does the average E30 M3 owner find him/herself without the car for routine/expected problems? Unexpected problems?

Obviously it will depend a great deal on the particular car, but for my purposes, assume I'll get the car checked out by a good mechanic and will buy a car that's in pretty decent shape.

I'm thinking about selling my VW and getting the M3, but I'd like to have an idea of what I'm getting into in terms of dollars per year and time without my ride (I'm considering getting a cheap second car, but not sure it's practical to do so).



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