In Reply to: Buying e30 M3... need advice. posted by jake on April 22, 2002 at 01:54:24:
So does this sound right? :
Your mechanic has 2 M3s. One is a regular, US model, M3 which he drives. The second is a stellar-looking imported Evo2 with the engine intact. Now, he wants to pop the Evo2 motor in the US car and sell the EvoII for a bargain price?
What am I missing here? This sounds insane. Why doesn't he keep the Evo2 and sell the US model.
Why doesn't he just rebuild the engine in the US model. There's nothing special about the Evo2 motor that you can't get during a rebuild.
Assuming the Evo2 is intact and legally imported, it seems to me like the whole car, with matching numbers, would be worth more than a mutt. It seems like he's splitting up cars for no reason. That's what has me worried...there's always a reason!
I don't know. I'd be careful.
1. There's all the above. Why is he doing this?
2. Unless you pay a premium (like $15-20K purchase price), it's unlikely that you'll find an E30 M3 that "needs nothing but a driver." Even if it needs nothing now, it might in a month...a year...who knows? Don't ask me how I know. It would really suck if stuff broke and you had to agonize over paying to fix it.
3. Can you even legally register this car? If it is an Evo2, it was not sold here but was imported by a private party. Did they pay the big bucks to do it right?
My mechanic has offered me an e30 m3 at $10,000. Its in grat shape. new wheels and suspension, great interior but thats where it gets tricky. Its an 89 evo2. The engine was blown and therefore removed 2 months ago. My mechanic drives a 91 evo1 and is putting the NEW evo2 motor in his car. he is going to put the 91 s14 engine in at 89000 miles. I defanately trust my mechanic. whe have all faith in his skill and doctoring of this car. the evo2 has 108k on it and looks stellar. im having the engine rebuilt for free by my mechanic. Do you guys think this is a wise purchase for a daily driver?
soon (i hope) 89-M3
I will keep you guys updated, thanks again