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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Fri, Jan-17-2020, 03:09:55 AM   #21
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Low mileage cars are nice and yeah, you probably won't have to be replacing body parts and what not. But low mileage is also low use. In my experience, and granted, this is my experience, people don't tend to take care of the wear items, reasoning that it hasn't been driven much, therefore I don't need to worry about it. And, as I said, rubber items tend to crack and wear out. So i would tend to go for the car that has new rubber and stuff. The paint and body may not be quite as good, but with looking you can find cars that the paint and body are close to low mileage cars, but newer parts because it has been taken care of.
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And I agree, all things being equal, I would like a low mileage, well maintained car.
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Old Fri, Jan-17-2020, 09:49:26 PM   #23
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I prefer to buy cars from a private party. My buddy prefers to buy cars from a dealer. I have my reasons, he has his. Both of us are right and both of us are wrong.

Some prefer to buy low mileage examples with spotty service records, others prefer to buy high mileage examples with maintenance. Both are right, and both are wrong.

In 2002 or 2003 I found a 32k mile 84 944. He bought it. The rubber was not dry, the leather was not cracked, the car smelled new. He drove it for a few years, put over 100k on it and sold it. So much for the don't buy a low mileage example. In 09 I bought my 95 M3 with 180k miles. It had maintenance records. I tracked it, enjoyed it and sold it. So much for don't buy a high mileage example.

We know what opinions are like. Stick to the car at issue. Owned 2.5 years doesn't drive it. He wants what he paid for it and to move on. Find that sweet spot, if it is fair, buy it, fix what needs to be fixed and enjoy it.
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In the Porsche world, so much of the car wears sitting in a garage that most would rather buy a higher mileage car rather than a garage queen. Porsches that don't get used regularly get, well, grumpy. All rubber(hoses, lines, seals etc) need fluid passing through or they rot. Gas sits in the tank as does oil. Older Porsches have been around the clock several times, seems like for some buyers, 100k is like eligibility for automotive Social Security.
Oh, and always buy the owner, so true.
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Low milage garage queen buyer will likely garage it as well. So rotten rubbers etc no issue.
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