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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 07:09 AM
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umm what mileage are you looking at? i just kbb'd 03 M3 with 130k.. excellent condition private party comes to $12.2k. and there actually is someone selling an 03 with 130k for $12 around here..
^This. A super clean, sub 50K example may go for high twenties, and it may click over into the thirties. A decent example of an E90 will be between mid thirties to low forty, an E92 a bit higher. A clean E46 between 60k and 80 k miles should not be more than $20k unless you are buying of E46F, but those are the same people that thin an E46 330i/ci ZHP is also with 20k still.

Remember, though, the key to buying an e46 M is finding one with good records. I'd take one with over 100k with a proper maintenance history verifable with receipts and records than one with no history with under 60k.

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Did you miss everything just mentioned?


The e36's are just fine as mentioned before by myself. Ive seen more 36's in better condition than 46s. The 46 Org. owners were first time bmw owners who had no idea of the level of maintenance required for that motor. Where as the e36 motor is much more forgiving. Id go into technical detail but judging from most of the responses, it would just go over your heads.
that's such a general statement with no real merit. how can you say every E46 original owner is a first time bmw owner, that completely has no idea how much maintenance is done? realistically this can be said of every car. but there are cars out there well maintained for every poorly maintained one. and no i dont think they will go for $40k even if well maintained, you would be out of your mind to pay that amount.

edit: also you must have missed my post where i was valuing an E46 with 130k. i dont know what mileage you have in mind where it will be worth $40k but it must be sub 20k miles or something. i did mention the the mileage is going to play a big factor in the price. BMWs dont exactly maintain value that well.
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^This. A super clean, sub 50K example may go for high twenties, and it may click over into the thirties. A decent example of an E90 will be between mid thirties to low forty, an E92 a bit higher. A clean E46 between 60k and 80 k miles should not be more than $20k unless you are buying of E46F, but those are the same people that thin an E46 330i/ci ZHP is also with 20k still.

Remember, though, the key to buying an e46 M is finding one with good records. I'd take one with over 100k with a proper maintenance history verifable with receipts and records than one with no history with under 60k.
I admitted my estimate for what a E46 is worth was based off 2+ year old research, but I didn't mention that I was looking specifically at low mileage examples, so yeah, I can see that a high mileage E46 would drop below $20k. I'm a sucker for low mileage cars if the price is right.

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I admitted my estimate for what a E46 is worth was based off 2+ year old research, but I didn't mention that I was looking specifically at low mileage examples, so yeah, I can see that a high mileage E46 would drop below $20k. I'm a sucker for low mileage cars if the price is right.
True. A good friend of mine just picked up one with 35kish miles for $28k, so it would all come down to willingness to wait and research.

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Any E46 M3 I would want would be in the $25k range. Anything down around $15k I wouldn't touch. Meanwhile you can buy a solid E36 M3 for $10k.
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