In Reply to: Plethora of questions...=) posted by SteveL on June 14, 2000 at 15:53:57:
: 1) What should I expect to pay for one in the SF Bay Area? I've found one for $25.5k (64k mi, "fully loaded"), is this the market price?
: Market price for M3's are slightly higher than other areas due to demand, availability, and what people are willing to pay in the Bay Area.
Whatever price you pay, you should feel that you are getting a fair deal.
: 2) What should I be wary of, when inspecting an M3 this old? Or can I just send it to a BMW mechanic to have him check it out?
: Accidents, visible & hidden damage, maintenance & repair history, previous owner's driving habits, and any abnormal wear (upholstery, tires) should be on your check list.
It would not hurt to have the car go through a diagnostic inpsection if purchasing from a private owner. Try to determine if the water pump was changed. The '95 M3 had water pumps with plastic impellers and they tend to disentegrate around 50k miles.
: 3) How safe is it to add forced induction to a M3 with this much mileage on it?
: Relatively safe. BMW in-line 6 motors are known for their reliability and smoothness. D do not see any harm adding forced induction if the engine is sound & strong to begin with.
: 4) For you CA M3 owners, I'm concerned about forced induction products which aren't CARB legal, or would not pass smog tests. With that in mind, it looks like my only "legal" option is to go with the Dinan supercharger? True? False? Comments?
: I cannot comment on other forced induction systems such as RMS, AutoAuthority, etc. since I do not have any first-hand experience with the above. I live in the bay area and I have seen M3's with the RMS superchargers at auto-x and track events. Although, I never questioned the owner's about passing CA smog inspections.
Dinan is a good choice since you live in the SF bay area. You just have to be comfortable paying Steve Dinan's prices. Based on my experience, most of Dinan's customers have deep pocket books and can pay excessive prices without too much pain. I am not one of those people with lots of disposable income. No doubt Dinan has a very good staff (mechanics, engineers, etc.) and their products are well engineered. I just find it hard to justify the cost when there are other choices available on the market.
: 5) What other CA legal performance mods would you recommend? (in terms of making the car faster...;))
: Look into the Euro HFM kit available from Turner Motorsport or the Jim C intake system. Horsepower and torque gains are moderate, but they are still CA emmissions legal. If the above is too tame for you, then you need to decide if turbocharging or supercharging is the next step.