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Old Mon, Oct-27-2003, 05:44:25 AM   #11
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I'm oozing over your pics man... post some in your gallery...


I think I actually got an M3 that's close to perfect for me:

- No traction
- No cruise
- No sunroof

Things I would change:

- I'd drop the leather and get Alcantera (sp?), no two ways about it.
- I'd drop the electric seats and get manual ones, over the top IMO.
- I'd get electric rear vents. The manual ones are useless. I'm going to retro-fit electrics.

I think that's about it...
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Old Mon, Oct-27-2003, 06:24:43 AM   #12
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Originally posted by M3AN

I'm oozing over your pics man... post some in your gallery...
Well sir, let me assure you the sentiment is 100% returned. Simply for the fact of your wonderfully unattainable engine. Seriously - I have been in E36 M3s with everything from 400-600 crank HP, but I have never had the pleasure of riding in a true Euro. Someday.

I also agree with the anti-Dove Grey vader sentiment. Mine were so bad that I covered them with Wet Okole seat covers, which were supposed to be a temporary solution, but now I have no idea what to do. Right now I think my only option is a re-dye.
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Old Mon, Oct-27-2003, 07:15:00 AM   #13
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I bought an aftermarket warranty for my M3...but if you buy a warranty on a car older than 4 gets stupid expensive...and not worth it I dont' think.

Most CPO's are almost out of warranty even on 97-98' warranty isn't going to be an option for you probably. If you can find a CPO that is almost up, it is a good bet because that person probably had anything serious taken care of already.
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Old Mon, Oct-27-2003, 03:19:30 PM   #14
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If I had to buy again......

-I would probably have bought an "M3" specific color (Estoril or Dakar)

-I would not have got the luxury package. I wish I had vaders and I never move my seats so who cares if they are power.

-I think I would like the cold weather package for driving in the winter.

Other than that, my car is perfect!!!!
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Old Mon, Oct-27-2003, 03:59:23 PM   #15
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wouldnt change a thing.

low miles.

completely stock.

sport package 95 obd1 dakar 5 spd.

complete maintenance records.

clean title and accident history.

I waited 2 years for the right car to come up for sale.
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Old Mon, Oct-27-2003, 04:01:54 PM   #16
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I agree with others when they say take your time finding one. I almost ended up with a Fern Green/Magma coupe (looked great), but didnt get the money together in time! Of course a week or two later I came across a Estoril/Dove Grey which was the color combo I really wanted. Only thing I occasionally think would be nice is a rear spoiler, but thats no biggie. New tires would have been nice also!
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Would have waited for an Avis (sorry to counter all these Estoril folks - but that is my second choice) Techno is a real PITA, but looks like a jewel when spotless!
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Old Mon, Oct-27-2003, 05:47:33 PM   #18
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The big stuff already mentioned -- patience, know what you want, etc. I'm going through the same thing now, looking to replace my green/magma coupe.

Props to whoever mentioned that beautiful combo on this thread.

My two things:

1. I would have educated myself PRIOR to purchase -- I learned most of what I know after I bought. Seems like you got that one covered.

2. If I was doing it again, I would have negotiated keyless entry into my negotiations with the dealer. Important to me on a car this beautiful.

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I would have tried for a better price off this Dakar car. but i love the color and I wish it had less miles. but its running great.
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Don't Think I will ever buy an M3.
I just find other car's that I seem to like alittle bit better.
So if I bought my m3 again I wouldnt do it again and I would end up with the 944 again

I think if I was thinking practical on a cost/proformance/comfort world I would buy a volvo 240. It simply cannot be beaten for all round usage and cost of modification.
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