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    Interested in Expert Opinion

    Hello all!

    I am looking for some input from the BMW family about a good price for a BMW m3 e46. My husband has said that he would love to have one, and I was hoping to buy him one for our 10 year anniversary (plus birthday and Christmas all in one lol) But I have been searching, and it seems like the prices are varied! Does anyone have any input on what a good price for one would be?

    He would like 2000-2005 white with gray, or the Laguna Seca Blue with gray. Manual transmission, and close to stock (which I know may be difficult.)

    I really appreciate anyone's input! And I would love to hear from anyone who has one for sale as well.

    Thank you!

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    You can try the classified section on this site, or the BMW Roundel's classified below. Good luck!

    https://www.bmwcca.org/classifieds

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    Thank you! I have looked around at quite a few classifieds, but have found quite a variation. From 12,000 all the way up to 40k. I was just wondering what a good price would be? The 12k worries me that something is wrong with it, I don't want a cheap car, I want a nice car :-)

    Checking out the link you listed now, appreciate it!

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    The newest one you can find is 15 years old. The closest thing to a nice, clean e46 M3 is one with the lowest possible miles. The price will reflect that. I wouldn't even consider a purchase without a thorough PPI at the local dealer. Whatever an hour of labor costs is well worth it before spending 20k plus on one of these.

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    Great idea, I'm looking nationwide, so I'll have to see what local dealerships would be willing to do an inspection. I definitely don't mind the additional cost to confirm the car is in good shape since I won't be able to see it. Thank you!

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    The BMWCCA link that I sent you may be the best option, as it shows member cars that are available. I think that the level of pride and experience amongst members should translate to finding something that has been ultimately cared for. You can probably even find a reputable independent shop that can assess the prospective vehicle for less $$ than a dealer. Agreeing with nonturbodan, lower miles is good, but a car sitting too long without some care and exercise is not best either. Again, good luck!

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    That is so sweet of you pyregrine. I have an 05' E46 M3 Coupe SMG 18K miles (Alpine White) (Manual transmission), I might considering selling anytime soon. If you might be interested, kindly inbox me. Cheers!

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    So before you commit to buying a M3, be sure to get a complete PPI done at a place you trust. The M3 is a very high strung, and with that comes extra maintenance requirements. The key will be to see service receipts, and regular maintenance completed. Even if the car is only driven 3k a year, there has to show at a minimum an oil change yearly.

    This car will cost more in maintenance than a regular BMW, so be sure to book that in too. A few years old, but not a bad read: https://www.bmwblog.com/2016/10/03/buyers-guide-e46-bmw-3-series/

    Lastly just because it has lower miles doesn't mean it will be a better car than a high mileage hero. The bottom line is if you have a 50k car that has been treated like crap, and a 100k car treated like a queen, I will always go for the queen car.
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