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This has been copied from my advertisement on other websites including S14.net, BimmerForums, R3vLimited, E30Tech, and many others. My username on those websites is alexw, and I would encourage you to read the discussions on those forums as well, as that is more likely to be updated. Do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Im going to start this by saying I do NOT need to sell this car. In a perfect world, my M3 would sit in a garage and be driven on weekends and warm days. This is not a perfect world, and I have to factor in a daily driver for both myself and one for my wife (and small child). So with that said, and having three cars not being feasible, I am looking to sell my M3. Further more, that means I am not going to be extremely flexible price wise. This is after all, a car that has been to Germany with me and on the Nurburgring (almost a holy experience :D).
I will do my very best to describe the car in detail. I realize that it is likely that some will travel to see the car, and I will do my best to be as transparent and honest in the description of this car. I am, however, NOT a mechanic and will not attempt to pass of my opinion as fact.
Asking price: $19,000 (obo)
I will also entertain trade + cash offers. Specifically clean E30 coupes, slicktops (cars without sunroofs), or cars with clean swaps + cash. I will entertain anything in the BMW family, but Im unlikely to stray from the E30 or E36 family. Show me what youve got!
1991 E30 M3 - Diamond Schwartz Metallic on Grey leather seats
Approximately 112,500 miles
I am the second owner of this car. I purchased it in Germany (it is US spec). The original owner purchased it new from BMW Military Sales in Kaiserslautern, Germany. I have original documentation with the vehicle showing where it was purchased. The previous owner (PO) was an older gentleman who babied the car. He stated the vehicle never saw snow and rarely rain. I rarely drove this vehicle in the rain, but this year it did see some snow. Whenever it saw snow or salt, I washed the vehicle within a week of it seeing snow. I have some original documentation showing inspection dates and locations. I, regretfully, did not keep very good documentation. However, Ive never had the vehicle serviced. I alone, or with the help of friends (Yan-3, Eric, maynasty, and others) did all service. I kept up with regular oil changes, but never logged them. The only "tracking" this car has done has been on the Nurburgring, approximately 15-20 laps.
Chip (I believe a Dinan) - Original included
Authentic AC Schnitzer Mirrors - Originals included, but motors/glass missing
Carbon Fiber Evo Replica Spoiler (Base painted DS, Flap exposed CF, from Markus) - Original included
Euro tow hook covers - I may have the US ones in storage
Fog Light / Brake ducts (Fiberglass) - I believe I have the fogs in storage
Euro grills w/M3 badge
Authentic smoked Hella "smilies" w/ DDMTuning HIDs - I highly doubt I have the stock lights
75mm studs/bolts in black (bought from Kaliboy)
Hawk HP + pads (if you want to consider that a mod)
Goodridge Stainless Steel brake lines - The rear lines that go under subframe were never installed, I still have these.
Treehouse Racing CABs
S50 timing chain tensioner
Ehbach Springs / Bilstein shocks - installed by PO
Racing Dynamics Strut Braces (front and rear) - installed by PO
Newer cap and rotor, spark plug wires (stock) (within last 20K)
New snow tires (less than 500 miles)
BBS RK (16x8) ET15 - these are in VERY good condition. Not MINT but maybe 8/10. NO RASH!
Newer OEM battery (within last two years)
Known Mechanical Issues
Small oil leakage. - I believe its a worn gasket, but I am not 100%. Its never been a huge issue.
Cold start issue. - Some times it needs a little gas to turn over when its cold.
No Air Conditioning. - A few years ago the AC compressor bracket broke. I removed the AC compressor and some pipes. I do believe I still have all of the parts. The AC never blew cold, so when the compressor came off I never worried about it. If I remember correctly, the compressor looked like it had been previously welded (not from factory).
Brakes Squeak - These are from the pads, Ive done enough research to realize this is "normal". Started from day one of the HP+ pads install. I have no problem with these, they are very good pads, but I want it disclosed that they can be loud.
Rattling from front suspension - I am not 100% on what this is from. Strut mounts were replaced as well as CABs. Never has it been an issue, the car drives straight, but I get a little rattle from time to time.
No Battery tie down - Battery can bounce a bit. Previous Owner (PO) had a tank battery in there, and the tie down was removed. When I replaced it with an OEM battery, it wasnt anywhere to be found. This has never been an issue (other than the noise).
Known Cosmetic / Body Issues
Knee bolster isnt mounted - The mounting screws to the knee bolster worked their way out. I have the bolster but never got around to ordering the right screws to put it back on.
No pedal pads - I had ACS Schnitzer pedals, theyve been removed, I dont have the old rubber pads.
The HVAC panel has a small crack that shines light through.
The rear seat has some stitching which is pulling away. Overall the leather is in GREAT condition.
Small dent (dime sized) on the passenger door - Only dent on the entire car.
Touch Up Paint - PO attempted a touch up job in three locations. 1) passenger side rear quarter panel (approx. 4 inches long) 2) passenger side front fender (approx nickel sized) 3) two small spots on the rear badge area, appears he attempted to pry the badge off. Ive spoken to a professional painter who said he felt the paint could be heated and the touch up removed. Ive almost never had anyone notice it, but I do, and you will now. (photos below)
Rust - Mostly rust free, VERY LITTLE RUST... The worst area is the rear license plate lights have rust on them. There is a small bubble starting on the passenger side of the front windshield, and what appears to be the start of some on the sunroof. This is not a rusty car at all. (photos below) Front bumper - Lots of rock chips from the Autobahn. I would respray this.
ACS Mirrors have cracks on the top where the mirror mounts to the body. - This is hardly noticeable, and the mirrors are NOT damaged, its just a weak point in the mirror, I havent ever had anyone notice this. (photos below)
Front side markers unplugged - These were never reinstalled when the bumper was taken off for the air ducts / euro tow hooks.
My Rating of the car
Perhaps this is subjective and Im sure youll have youre own rating. That said, if you come see the car, please feel free to add your opinion here.
Body 8/10 - The paint is in VERY good condition. The body has very little rust, and hardly any dents/dings.
Interior 8.5/10 - Besides the rear seat pulling apart, the seats are in very good condition. I havent seen many E30s (or E36s even) with this clean of an interior.
Engine 8/10 - The engine is very strong. I have not done any compression testing, but I feel its in good condition. The transmission shifts very clean, and has no play or slop.
Over all, this is a very clean and mechanically sound car. Dont let my list of "issues" scare you, many of these are simple fixes that I have just not gotten around to. Should the car not sell right away, they may even be fixed before sold. I feel the car has some very nice modifications, and is begging for some engine upgrades.
Colgan Custom Bra - Never used, black "leather". I may actually have two of these.
Stock mirrors / Stock spoiler
Hand full of never used side markers (these retail for $55 a piece)
Used stock spark plug wires
Peake Reset Tool
Koala Motorsports E30 M3 Repair Manual on CD
Lots of other randoms, wheel spacers, etc... Ill update this as I locate stuff.
Many of these photos are in different stages of ownership. The vehicle will come on 16x8 BBS RKs, AC Schnitzer wheels are GONE. I will be adding more photos when I get a chance to take some decent shots. If there is something youd like to see specifically, let me know.
First Week of Ownership:
[The seats are still about in the same condition, I will update with some current photos soon]
Best daytime photos of current state (minus AC Schnitzer wheels)
Photos from TONIGHT.
These were taken in the car wash (as I said, I wash the car weekly if it sees salt). I will post day time photos as well, but I wanted something current to put in the ad. Keep in mind, obviously the car is wet.
These are from my iPhone as well, so keep that in mind. I will update photos when the weather is better and I can find a decent camera.
Touch up done by PO:
Front rock chips: (seen better in the daytime photos above) The water + flash makes it look A LOT worse than it actually is.
Cracked HVAC panel:
License plate light rust:
Sunroof discoloration / rust:
Mirror cracked paint:
In conclusion... My asking price is somewhat negotiable, but I will not accept low ballers or tire kickers. I will not respond to ignorant or rude comments either. I feel the car is priced fair and will be willing to show the car if anyone is interested. I do plan on having the vehicle inspected by a BMW mechanic in the near future and will provide any details I learn. The car has a clean title, and I ran a carfax before I purchased the vehicle, which I may have (and was obviously clean). I would be willing to provide the VIN to anyone who needed it. If youre interested, I respond best by email: wicketts at mac.com . I will provide my contact information to people who are seriously interested.
Im sure I am missing something here or there, and I will update this if anything changes. I also wanted to note that Roadfly does not allow some punctuation so, please do not be hypercritical on my punctuation!