In Reply to: Prior owner was BMW N/A - why did they own it? posted by Doug G on August 27, 2001 at 13:50:44:
For you and everyone else who is potentially interested in this car here is everything I know about its background.
The car has NEVER been a track car. If it had been, I would not have purchased it for fear of the car having been flogged and beaten on the track. For that matter, I also do not believe it was a press car either (i.e., used for magazine testing) as it was one of the last E30 M3's imported to the states (most magazine testing would have been conducted in late 1986 and early 1987 when E30 M3's first arrived).
In the research I performed on the car prior to and after purchase is that the car was a showroom queen for about 1 year at BMW NA headquarters in New Jersey, then was used by a BMW executive as a company car for another year also in the New Jersey area.
When the car was titled as a "new" car for the first time (and I have a photocopy of the original title), the title shows about 15,000 miles on the odometer. This first title shows ownership transferring from BMW NA to the first true owner of the car (a doctor who basically drove this car daily for 7 years to the hospital parking garage from his home until he retired).
So, that's the basic history on the car. The car has really seen very light duty all it's life. Based on the condition of the paint and interior, it has been kept in a garage prior to my ownership and a combination of garage and car-cover since I've owned it.
I put the car through exhaustive review prior to my purchase (leakdown tests, pre-purchase inspections, etc.) and have performed required repairs and maintenance (new intake gaskets, disc brakes & pads, A/C conversion to R-134A, and of course oil changes) since I've owned the car.
The car is in top-notch shape and could be driven across country right now if the potential new owner lives on the west coast. In fact, when I purchased the car, I drove it back to North Carolina.
Basically, with a family it's not as practical as a four-door car. So, I'm looking to move up to another limited production car like an Audi S4, Mercedes C43, or a BMW E36 M3 or 540 to get the performance I want and the practicality of a four door sedan.
Drop me a line if interested.
Was it raced when BMW owned it? In what capacity did they use it?
Here's your chance guys. I'm getting the itch for some additional horsepower (and an extra set of doors) and am considering parting ways with my E30 M3.
Here's the basic specs:
- 1991 model year (always been garage kept)
- 49,780 miles
- original Alpine White II exterior paint
- black leather interior
- all books & manuals
- service records
- orginal sales literature
- built-in K-40 radar detector
- Dinan chip (have original too)
- UUC short shift & Sparco strut tower brace
- cross-drilled front rotors
- car cover (Noah Evolution 3 fabric)
- new floor mats
- located in Charlotte, North Carolina
- two prior owners included:
- BMW North America (2 years)
- doctor in upstate New York (7 years)
- NO accident history
- BFG 205/55/15 tires
- A/C dryer replaced and charged w/ R-134A freon recently
- car is meticuously maintained with the following products:
- paint: Meguiars & 3M
- interior: Leatherique & Vinylex
Quite frankly, this car is in incredible shape. It is probably one of the best (if not the best) E30 on today's market. Since I don't have to sell the car, I'm not looking to give it away. I use it as daily transportation and it has performed flawlessly from day one. My wife thinks I'm crazy and should just keep it (gotta love her for that), but we really don't need expense and upkeep of 3 cars...
The sales price is set at $19,500 and I should note that I am relatively firm at this price point. Please, no flaming emails or replies via the board. Remember, this is the last of a rare breed of BMW automobiles. Also, re-read the above paragraph and note that I do NOT have to sell this car and do NOT plan on giving it away. Therefore, do NOT waste my time or yours by calling to discuss the car with the intent on lowball offers. Rather than give the car away, I will simply keep it and continue using it as my daily driver.
Interested individuals can email me at email@example.com or call and leave a voicemail at 704-887-1828. Pictures available upon request.