Problem with an M3 as a used car buy is that they are the type of car that
attracts drivers who like to flog the thing (it begs to be flogged) and that
does not make for longevity.
I would not buy one that did not have at least two years of warranty left
and whose previous owner I did not know and trust.
Who said the car being considered is only one year old? Certainly not
That said, I wouldn't buy ANY one year old used car. Because the vast
majority of units returning to the retail channel that soon are thrashed
rental returns and lemons.
On 3/27/05 4:44 PM, in article LHG1e.18459$ email@example.com, "GRL"
I'm not sure M3's are flogged any more than any other sporty car, regular
BMW's included. Constant flogging of an M3 on the street is going to get
you into legal troubles very quickly. And the car's driveline and brakes are
quite robust. Of course this doesn't include cars that spend a lot of time
at the track, but a mechanic would uncover a beat up car pretty quickly.
Why wouldn't any 330i/ci w/manual and sport package be just as prone?
On 3/27/05 4:18 AM, in article hMv1e.6150$ firstname.lastname@example.org,
The SMG boxes are not responsible for engine damage. In fact, the SMG will
not let you over rev due to downshift to a wrong gear, like a standard
manual tranny would. There were engine problems, mostly in 01's, with a
production wide recall through mid 03 to replace rod bearings. The problem
appears solved. The SMG's are complex and have their own issues.
There were two separate recalls IIRC. One for rod bearings, and one
for oil/oil pump. They also updated the engine controller program.
I believe that they also extended the engine warranty to 100K miles.
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