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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Mon, Oct-23-2017, 09:00:56 PM   #1
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Hello all,

The time has come to sell my beloved M3. I simply don't drive it enough and 3 small children & some serious health issues later I have decided it's time to let go.

I ran a carfax and everything comes clean as I knew it would. No accidents, etc. and I am the 2nd owner, I have owned the car for 6 years now (bought in September of 2013). The original owner from San Antonio bought it brand new from BMW of San Antonio and owned it for 10 years.

My local dealer can confirm that the Connecting Rod bearing recall was performed at 27,000 miles; however, as for the rest of the service history (be it minor or major ie. oil changes, inspections etc) are not obtainable from my local dealer. I was told to call BMW of San Antonio and I did that today; however, I was told by them that since the car has not been in their service bay for more than 6 years, the data / history is now "purged" and cannot be obtained

Is there a way for me to get the history? I am sure the older gentleman who owned it before me for 10 years from new had records after records; when he traded in the M3 to a Toyota Dealership for a loaded Tundra, the Toyota dealership trashed everyyyyything in the glove compartment that had his personal info on it. I have the original window sticker etc. but I'd like to access the service history so I can give EVERYTHING I possibly can when I do list the car for sale.

At this point, other than the service history, I am simply waiting for some free time so I can clean out the inside of the car, wash & detail it, take high resolution pictures and will post it for sale on the forum as well as autotrader, cars.com, cargurus etc.

The VIN for my vehicle is WBSBL93423JR21243 incase any forum members are employed by BMW and have access to service history. I do not mind paying for the information. I can venmo or paypal.

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Thank you! The gentleman above "babydocjd" has provided me with the info I needed. I am going to miss the resourceful and kind folks on the forum once the M3 is sold
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Man you've got a great spec vehicle--should bring a premium.
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Sorry to hear about the health issues, hope everything works out okay. Good luck with selling your car.
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Sorry to hear about the health issues, hope everything works out okay. Good luck with selling your car.
Thank you! The most fun car I have ever owned, especially with the Karbonius CSL airbox & operational snorkel and yet somehow I managed to drive it a total of 6,000 miles in 4 years...definition of irony! Watch me instantly get sellers regret
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Thank you! The most fun car I have ever owned, especially with the Karbonius CSL airbox & operational snorkel and yet somehow I managed to drive it a total of 6,000 miles in 4 years...definition of irony! Watch me instantly get sellers regret
You gotta do whats best for your family, you can always buy another one down the road!
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I dont think you will get much info on the car if info has been purged...

My 02 1 owner was bought years ago from Savage BMW which is now BMW Ontario, so when I called and asked, they didn't have anything.

My BMW claim records tell basic things such as recalls, few warranty repairs in its life and, few other things.

Your not making or breaking anything by not having records.. anyways technically your supposed to have original receipts showing all work.
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I dont think you will get much info on the car if info has been purged...

My 02 1 owner was bought years ago from Savage BMW which is now BMW Ontario, so when I called and asked, they didn't have anything.

My BMW claim records tell basic things such as recalls, few warranty repairs in its life and, few other things.

Your not making or breaking anything by not having records.. anyways technically your supposed to have original receipts showing all work.


This is true. After BMWs warranty/extended service contract expires, most owners elect to use independent mechanics to maintain their cars. Thats when original receipts are paramount to show maintenance has actually been done to the car.

However, BMW just started a unlimited mileage cpo program for used cars,so this may change things in the future. Although 0% of M cars have ever been CPO vehicles in my 2 years of working at the dealership.


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