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Wow! Cheap! Be careful and do your homework! (archive)

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Posted by ///Maniac on February 02, 2001 at 11:25:10:

In Reply to: Looking @ '98 M3 coupe tecno violet... (m) posted by imwchnu on February 02, 2001 at 11:16:31:

Price is REALLY cheap. Check all body panels for DOT-R stickers, showing its been wrecked and look for matching VIN numbers on those same panels. M3's have VIN stickers EVERYWHERE, even behind the license plate.

Get it independantly inspected by a BMW mechanic and have the subframe checked out. Do a leakdown test to see if piston compression is even across the board to see if the engine is ragged or screwed up somehow. Usually something that cheap is too good to be true.

Is it CPO? If so, you have recourse if its a lemon. Also, check Carfax to see about salvage title or flood history. Sniff, sniff. I smell a rat. Just be doubly cautious.

Good luck.

Jonathan



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