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I'm thinking of picking up a used M3 as a daily driver. Any recomendations about years to avoid. I know they've had issues with motors in the past just not sure of the dates involved. Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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Buy as new as you can afford, You may want to stay away from '01 (The first year of production) I have an '02 and have had the bearing recall done and have had no problems. There are a few differences year to year, but if the car has had the recall done I wouldn't be concerned.

The '02 has more "Rasp" than the newer ones, the '03 has the led tail lights and the shark fin.
It depends on how much you are looking to spend. I highly suggest the Maintenance package from the dealer if you get one!
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Emmasis said:
Buy as new as you can afford, You may want to stay away from '01 (The first year of production) I have an '02 and have had the bearing recall done and have had no problems. There are a few differences year to year, but if the car has had the recall done I wouldn't be concerned.

The '02 has more "Rasp" than the newer ones, the '03 has the led tail lights and the shark fin.
It depends on how much you are looking to spend. I highly suggest the Maintenance package from the dealer if you get one!
My .02
Terrance
'00 was the first year for US distribution, available '99 in Europe. '01 got the facelifted angel eyes, wider nav screen, newer steering wheel, newer tail lights and availability of front and rear PDC. Extended leather interior renamed as Luxury IIRC.
'02 added auto headlights. Rear side air bags was still a no charge option, but it had to be checked off, so most dealers missed this when ordering. There may also be some differences in available exterior colors.
'03 had DVD nav and rear side air bags "standard" (Note: they come deactivated no matter what year, dealer has to activate). Again, possible minor exterior color differences.
Look at care as well as years and mileage. A well maintained and trouble free older car may be better than a newer car which is intimately familiar with the inside of the dealers service shop!! Good luck :M5launch:
Regards,
Jerry
 
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