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Repost: 88 M3 possibly for sale (archive)

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Posted by Amit on September 24, 2001 at 14:18:01:

I might have my car for sale, I'm just going to attach a couple of emails I sent to someone who was interested. Email me if you have specific questions.

I have a e30 M3 possibly for sale. I have had the car since december and have been using it as a daily driver. after much consideration, i've decided that with my long commute to work i'm putting unnecessary miles on the car. It is pretty much stock except for a shortshift kit, e36 M3 lightweight wheels and a Jim C chip. Since i purchased it, I went on a rigourous spending spree, fixing the little things. I did front and rear struts (blistens), control arms, subframe bushings, cooling hoses, AFM, new Bridgestone RE730 tires, H&R hubcentric spacers. The car has new paint from 2 years ago (it was a florida car and from talking to the previous owners, the paint had just faded overtime). The paint looks fantastic, alot of people can't believe how much it shines (you can see it in the pics). The only problem I saw when i bought the car was that it been hit in the front right corner, but it was well repaired with a new front quarter panel. I looked at over 15 M3s for over a year before buying this one. Knowing the history of the car outweighed the milage, and the owner was very forthcoming. I actually have been keeping in contact with him and we are going to the F1 race together. I have pretty much all the reciepts from when it was orginally bought by a doctor who kept it for about 10 years. I have tracked the car once at a drivers school in April and it ran flawlessly. The car has 121.5k on it, i bought it with 110k. it is red with tan interior. I really don't want to let her go but i know i'll have another one someday. It's too much fun. Right now a e36 M3 is more suitable for my daily needs.

here are lot's of pics.

let me know if you have any specific questions. You can also email me at [email protected]

the damage to the car was the right front fender. There is no frame damage so I suspect it was really minor. The car is in great shape. Here are the imperfections i see. There is a dent in the rear right quarter panel right behind the fuel filler caused when my father drove off with the pump still in the gas tank. There is no paint damage. Dent doctors said they can pull it out for $50 with no repaint (there are no scratches). Also when I had the new tires put on with the spacers i needed to have the fenders rolled. In the front when they rolled the fenders it chipped the paint a bit. This was due to the fact that the under coating was so thick. I have touched it up with touch up paint. The wheels are flawless with Bridgestone RE730 in size 235/40/17. We have the same tires on the e36 M3. The rear spoiler was never repainted and neither were the mirrors. The spoiler has the usual cracks on the service common with many M3s It's pretty resonable to get these repainted. The reason why I haven't fixed these cosmetic things is that I wanted to get all the mechanics up to date. I did some of the work myself but most of it was done by Vaughn Motorwerks here in Indy. They are probably one of the best guys in the midwest. I'm always over there hanging out. As i said before on these e30 M3 its not the mileage that's important it's the maintenence. If you are on top of stuff it makes a great dailydriver. It has never left me stranded, but I always keep a box of hoses in the trunk just in case. Things that need to be done to the car are....the heating hoses need to be changed (which i have), valve cover seals, spark plugs (which i have), i was planning on doing the ignition wires at sometime, and the brake pads are almost due (about 1/3 left). I did the fuel filter this last weekend, and tommorow it's going in for the intake gaskets and water pump (which i incorrectly listed as being done in my previous email). The car is running a little rich so Vaughn suggested to do the gaskets. The water pump is due and they said it's a good time to do it while the intake is off. I do not use synthetic on the car, I have the 15 inch spare on a cheap uniroyal tire, Jim Conforti chip (makes hell of a difference) plus the original chip somewhere. The original owner had the car for i think 10 years, then second owner had it for a little over a year (he didn't really do any mechanical maintenence from what records i have it was all cosmetic), the previous owner was a diehard e30 fanatic who moved up from a 87 325. He started mechanical maintenence then he and his wife had a baby. He said he wouldn't be able to maintain it how he would have liked, that's where i came in. He bought a mint 88 325is with only 46k the day i picked up the car.

Here is kind of a general breakdown of what i have spent so far on the car

Front and Rear Struts (Blistens) about $400 (i did the fronts myself and the rears i got done at Vaughn)
Tires: $650 (Vaughn)
Spacers $100
Wheels Straightened (had dings) $200 (Vaughn)
Control Arms about $350 (Vaughn)
Subframe Bushings $400 (Vaughn)
Heater core $60
Intake Gaskets $200 + labor (Vaughn)
Water Pump $100 + labor (Vaughn)
Jim C Chip $100

There are a few more things but I can't remember them off the top of my head. It is always zymoled and hand washed. I have a garage at home and at work so it never sits outdoors. It is a real stunner and everyone always comments on it at the BMWCCA meetings as one of the nicest M3's in Indiana. The president of our chapter has a white one that is imaculate but it's his garage queen. I am asking $14k and am firm on the price. I think this is fair for the condition it is in and how i have maintained it along with the good history. It's amazing on the track. A C5 corvette was in my group. He would pass me on the straight but by the time we reached the straight again i'd be ahead. The only thing i couldn't keep up with was the e46 M3 in my group, that thing is too much. There was a fellow e30 M3 there as well and we were going back and forth. Him and I were second behind the e46 in a group of 15. If anyone of you have anymore questions don't hesitate to ask. I want to make sure you are comfortable with it's background as I was when I bought the car. thanks for the bandwith. Car is in Indianapolis IN.

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