In Reply to: Re: Help!! Input needed for potential purchase posted by Robert Puertas on February 23, 2002 at 15:56:33:
When I took the car to him a couple of weeks ago, he didn't believe a leak or compression test was necessary after inspecting and driving the car. on the other hand, he did suggest dyno-ing the car (over the phone when I called him up).
I didn't do the dyno b/c my mechanical engineer friend who does RX7 club races told me that doing the emissions test probably tells more about the picture than the dyno-ing, especially since the E30 M3 drove very well.
The car sounds like a great find, and the price IMHO is not out of line for what you are describing. But you are totally crazy not to have a compression test done on any e30 M3. I had 6 pre-purchase inspections performed before I finally bought the car I have now. In several cases, what appeared to be nearly perfect cars had funny compression or leak-down numbers. You are paying too much to not have this test performed. At the time I was looking, DC did not have the equipment to perform this test, if he still doesn't, take it somewhere else. Don't spend top dollar unless you make sure you know what it is you are getting.
Thanks for the comments though!