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Posted by Dave on October 26, 2001 at 09:31:46:

Besides chain tensioner, heater valve nonsense, control arms - what are common failure items on M3's?

I've tried to do my homework - digging through the archives and such. Seems like a lot of people have a vague warning of "expensive!" when prospective buyers are asking around.

But on a well maintained car with reciepts, and the items I listed above recently done, what else should I look for?

What /is/ so expensive, anyway? Valve adjustment? I'm just trying to get details here. I don't mind a car that requires some interaction (having owned, in the last few years, a '76 and '74 2002, a '70 and '68 1600-2, a '74 3.0s, and an '82 320i) but I'm trying to determine just what fails and why it costs so much. It IS, after all, a (as I understand it) relatively simple 4 cylinder, albeit extremely hot.

Thanks a lot.

Dave
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