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M3 V8 - Known issues?

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Close friend of mine is on the verge of putting down his deposit on a 2008 65k mile M3 (V8 era).  Is he bonkers or are these cars solid into higher miles?

Know quite a few of you on here have owned so any advice on what should have been done on the car by now, what is going to need looking at or changing in the near future, or any inherent problems??

 

That's not him in the photo!!

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Mac is the man to ask, he ran one to almost double this mileage!

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Higher miles?  

65k is nothing to an M3 V8.  There are cars out there with 250k+ on them.  The engine is very, very strong.  Probably the strongest and most reliable M3 there has ever been.

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On the other hand, my brother had to have a new engine fitted in his V8 before the car was 4 years old! Luck of the draw I suppose.

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Throttle actuators are a common failure, upwards of a grand to sort. There are two and they fail at different times. Make sure running in service before 1200 miles has been done. If it is under warranty (extended) all the better. M3Cutters is a good source of E92 info. 

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At 65k the after market warranty will be punitive - and that will tell you something about the cost of the common stuff that does go wrong.

Throttle Actuators on a 2008 will go wrong. Cost on mine - covered by warranty - was 2.2k. Other issue is a lot of 2007/2008 cars are running into an issue with cracked rod bearings (No, no idea what they are), which apparently is practically a new engine.

When I got rid of mine it was starting to make some odd 'ticking' sounds a turnover (hard to hear), and at load - easy to hear. Would have put money on them being rod bearings.

They are FANTASTIC cars. Loved mine to bits - by far, the best and most fun car I've ever owned.

Would I buy a 65k mile one without an ongoing warranty? Hmmm. Unless it was cheap as cheaps then no, no I wouldn't.

 

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That cutters website is a bit weird by the way. Not sure I'd really trust their opinions :/ It's the kinda site where the current car is The Best Thing Eva innit mate. Until the poster moves on, in which case they bang on about all the failures of their previous cars.

Like I say, a bit weird!

 

 

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Some good history of actuators etc though on Cutters. I rarely post and now the E92 forum seems full of modders. 

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Thanks so much guys! He's bottled it at the very last moment and is opting for a 335i instead. The potential costs I think scared him off.....

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3 hours ago, Andrew said:

Some good history of actuators etc though on Cutters. I rarely post and now the E92 forum seems full of modders. 

Pffft.  People who modify cars and vans.  Disgusting :P

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