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  • #76
    That’s a good one. Nice spec (other than dove lol) long term ownership, perfect mileage to have tons of room to go up but not feel bad about it.

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    • #77
      looks like a gem https://carsandbids.com/auctions/36g...5-bmw-m3-coupe

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      • #78
        Very nice. I love seeing the body coloured front grille on the early cars.

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        • #79
          Mugello is pretty cool

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          • #80
            Originally posted by Jim E. View Post

            First let me say congratulations on the win! You have yourself a very nice car and there aren't many low mile examples like that left. Though ironically another silver m3 just went up on BaT with only 23K miles. lol.

            We don't post info etc... to hurt anyone's feelings on this forum. We like to share info and learn from each other. Once in a while we do poke fun.

            Aside from the obvious cosmetic stuff like door handle seals the main thing will be to replace your wear and tear items - especially suspension. I briefly looked at the receipts in the auction and it's good that specific items were taken care of but I'm not sure if this was an exhaustive list of all maintenance.

            With your suspension items, mileage isn't as important as time so to the extent any suspension components have not been replaced it is time to do so. Mother time has never lost a war. So all your bushings, tranny mounts, motor mounts, belts etc... should all be replaced. There are some suspension areas that many of us have reinforced but not sure you need that just yet as this car doesn't appear to have been taken to the track or if it has probably not much. You don't need to replace all items with BMW original parts but you can get many parts from the OE manufacturer to save money. Other's on this forum have most of these name brands memorized so I'll let them chime in. I think some people on this forum actually have excel spreadsheets on maintenance items.

            Also consider reinforcing the trunk latch: https://www.msportparts.com/products...-reinforcement

            Your struts and shocks should be replaced. You can see that original worn/aged bump stops here:

            https://bringatrailer.com/wp-content...it=2048%2C1536
            https://bringatrailer.com/wp-content...it=2048%2C1536

            Also replace the associated stuff like your strut guide supports, rear shock mounts etc....

            Given that this is a very nice low mileage example my preference (just my opinion) is to keep it stock or as near stock as possible. My one exception is the sway bars. BMW originally designed this car with a lot of body roll which in my opinion takes away from the experience. Get a set of H& R sway bars and you'll be really surprised how it transforms handling and steering. You may want to put on an x-brace but it's not like you'll feel a some huge difference. But psychologically you might feel better.

            Other's on this forum have different goals etc... so they may take a slightly different approach but I'm sure nearly everyone will tell you to replace all your wear and tear items that haven't been done.

            Good luck and keep us posted!
            Appreciate all the good advice. I'm down the rabbit hole now with this one for sure. Complete OEM/Sachs suspension refresh, all new mounts, bushings. Ended up doing brakes and rotors. And unfortunately a new AC blower. Also some dogs and cats like door handle gaskets. Also flush of all fluids and new plugs. Car is as close to 10/10 mechanically as I'm going to get it and oh my word it really runs like a sewing machine. Can't believe it is 25 yrs old. Now I have to decide whether to address the minor exterior paint flaws. For the moment i'm just going to enjoy driving it like it was meant to be driven. Thanks again.

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            • #81
              Very nice. I agree. Enjoy the car and drive it on nice days, go to cars and coffee etc.... You have lots of time to "fix" everything else in due course.

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              • #82
                That's cool. Enjoy.

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                • #83
                  above sticker and 6 days to go
                  https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1995-bmw-m3-244/

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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by ttforcefed View Post
                    that '95 is gonna break the bank. definitely a new record. the estoril car running now is going to do well too.... https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1998-bmw-m3-149/

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by ttforcefed View Post
                      new record for a non LTW

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                      • #86
                        What is the deal with that '95 one? I mean it's clean, but not pristine or?

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                        • #87
                          I guess the market spoke on sub-15k-mile cars, despite the unappealing interior color and budget preparation for sale.

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                          • #88
                            Originally posted by MParallel View Post
                            What is the deal with that '95 one? I mean it's clean, but not pristine or?
                            It's not as far off as you might think. Over the last 2-3 years if you look carefully there are very few cars that come in at less than say 35K miles. This one has less than 15K so it is in rarefied air. I think it's a solid Hagerty level 2 car. Obviously nowhere near concours.

                            Besides the mileage you have to take into account the buyers of these solid level 2 (or better) cars. Unlikely that this is someone who is looking to buy this and daily drive it. To pay close to $70K or more when all is said and done only to use it as a daily driver makes no sense given what a new (or slightly older) car would cost. So I'm betting the buyer is some sort of collector and values the low miles and originality of this car. Hagerty values this car at $53,300 at level 2.

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                            • #89
                              I know this is not an M3 but it's pretty damn rare and cool.

                              https://carsandbids.com/auctions/3LY...-b3-32-touring

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                              • #90
                                the techno coupe that EAG has listed for $65k actually seems reasonably priced given recent comps.... https://enthusiastauto.com/bmw/m3ser...oupe-2734.html

                                if it was green over modena i'd buy it.
                                Last edited by CASCADE1; 07-25-2022, 08:10 AM.

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