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M3 = cost of part for e30x3(more... (archive)

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Posted by David 87M3 on October 26, 2001 at 10:38:56:

In Reply to: more potential buyer questions posted by Dave on October 26, 2001 at 09:31:46:

BMW seem to have a thing with M3 parts they are upto 3 times the cost of e30 parts.
get a leakdown test/compression test.
air intake gaskets fail.
The cars are expensive to maintain so be aware of that otherwise they are great reliable cars mine is used everyday and has timing chain/intake gaskets/power steering rack and a tuneup


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.


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