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Old Mon, May-20-2019, 09:31:08 PM   #1
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Default New to me M3. From e36 to e90.

I’ve been trying to get a e92/e90 m3 for a long time now. Finally came across one at a dealer auction that I liked.

2008 sedan 6 speed with 170k. 1 owner.

I have ISTA, and checked to make sure there was no throttle actuator codes. But at idle, the car seems to hesitate/ sputter at low RPM, but only when engage the throttLe fully. But it doesn’t do it when the car is being driven. I asked my friend who is a master BMW tech. He told me to do the plugs and coils. . Is that a common issue. Also, is there anything you guys can recommend I do since the miles are obviously high.. ( I’m sure some of the throttle actuators were already taken care of, judging the miles )

Should I have oil sample sent out? Hopefully rod bearings were done. But I’m not counting on it. The car is 100% stock.

Anyone want to guess what I paid at the dealer auction ?

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Default Re: New to me M3. From e36 to e90.

It might be a $15k car at retail. So $10k?
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Old Tue, May-21-2019, 05:37:44 AM   #3
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Default Re: New to me M3. From e36 to e90.

At a dealer auction, those miles.
I'd say you paid like $12k.

I want to get into an E90 M myself. How does t feel at that mileage. Does it feel tired like a typical high mileage E36 does at that mileage, or is it still pretty solid?



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Default Re: New to me M3. From e36 to e90.

If I was buying now, I would look for a 2008-2009 with about 100k for $20k. I see them regularly in that price range. It’s crazy because people pay $15k for a 100k mile E36M3 or E46M3 and the E9xM3 is a lot more car — newer, more modern, more comfortable, faster, handles better.
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Default Re: New to me M3. From e36 to e90.

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At a dealer auction, those miles.
I'd say you paid like $12k.

I want to get into an E90 M myself. How does t feel at that mileage. Does it feel tired like a typical high mileage E36 does at that mileage, or is it still pretty solid?



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From my experience Iíd say the e90 cars interior is a bit more stout then the e46/e36.

Very cool four door car, Iíd guess 11.5k


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Default Re: New to me M3. From e36 to e90.

I'd say do the rod bearings, maybe the main bearings, and every bushing/bearing/ball joint on the suspension... and shocks.

Engine bearings to make it reliable, everything else to make it drive properly again.
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Default Re: New to me M3. From e36 to e90.

The exact sale price was $11,600

But thereís a $400 dealer fee which brought it to $12,000


The only other issue I noticed besides the low rpm hesitation is the stability seems off. I was driving on the highway, and I changed lanes. When I did the rear end seemed to sway back and forth. But havenít been able to replicate it.

Could rear ride height sensor have an effect on this?

I plan on getting the bearings checked. And if they havenít been done. Iíll do those immediately. . Besides that. Is that the only real issue? The clutch seems to be a bit clunky when disengaging gears. So that will need doing as well I think
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The exact sale price was $11,600

But thereís a $400 dealer fee which brought it to $12,000


The only other issue I noticed besides the low rpm hesitation is the stability seems off. I was driving on the highway, and I changed lanes. When I did the rear end seemed to sway back and forth. But havenít been able to replicate it.

Could rear ride height sensor have an effect on this?

I plan on getting the bearings checked. And if they havenít been done. Iíll do those immediately. . Besides that. Is that the only real issue? The clutch seems to be a bit clunky when disengaging gears. So that will need doing as well I think
Ride height sensor is just to aim the headlights vertically.

You high speed sway is the result of worn out bushings/bearings.
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Default Re: New to me M3. From e36 to e90.

I agree with changing all the bushings and joints and links. Shops like FCPEuro sell front and rear kits. And I agree with doing the rod bearings unless you know they have been done. You cannot inexpensively check them — 90% of the day’s labor to change them is spent just taking them out to look at them. Change them at the same time.
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Default Re: New to me M3. From e36 to e90.

I wish I still knew someone in BMW service to check on maintenance records. I don’t think the carfax will go into detail about rod bearings.

Would hate to throw rod bearings at it, if they have already been done.

I’m still trying to find the original owner without any luck.
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