In Reply to: Re: E30 M3 convertible posted by m3geezer - simon macdonald on April 17, 2002 at 09:29:05:
i've only had my e30 m3 for a few months so i'm not an expert yet, any ideas that they're cheaper than the lancia you can probably forget, though the convertables have probably not had such hard lifes as the hard tops (they get tracked day'd alot) they are by no means cheap to fix, just remember a front bumper is £600 before you've sprayed and fitted it.
at 100,000 miles these cars need the timing chain replaced, do not miss this it is fatal if snaps or jumps a tooth on the cam gear, this is an expensive job to replace, £1500 to £3000 depending where you go, you need someone who knows what they're doing. don't worry if engine is slightly metalic sounding, these do make a fair bit of noise.
check for rust around rear number plate lights, bottom of windscreen inder the seal (very important, this isn't obvious straight away), and around side sill extensions, especially in front of rear wheel arches. check for crash damage up front, everything should fit perfectly, check headlights are adjusted correctly as the remote beam adjusters seize/fluid escapes, hpi check the car and get a mechanic to check it over, it will save you money, most cars are imports so keep this in mind.
this covers the main points, hopefully someone else on the board and add some more tips
Looking for any advice on buying/running an E30 M3 covertible as I really doo noy know much about them other than I want to buy one once my Lancia Integrale (EVO1) is sold.
It's got to be cheaper than running the Lancia!
All I know is that I want to buy a 1992/1993 car.
I'd be really interested if somebody could give me a rough idea cost wise for servicing.