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  • #16
    That’s around what my leak down and compression was back just after I bought it. 210-215psi across all and 3-5% leak down, so not much has changed.
    Good news. The motor really only has under 15k miles on its rebuild.

    waterpump leaking is a bummer. I had a new one as a spare, and the guy who bought the car didn’t want to buy the spares I had for the car.

    Is the current owner going to replace it before sending it to you? He said there was no leak when questioned over the coolant marks. I ran BMW blue coolant so they must have changed the coolant at some point because it’s green marks.

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    • #17
      Yeah I noticed the green coolant, gross. I negotiated $500 off the sale, I’ll just replace the water pump myself. I found a local bmw specific shop, guy has an M3 himself, said he’d replace it for $700 out the door if I don’t have time.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by e30Lamour View Post
        Yeah I noticed the green coolant, gross. I negotiated $500 off the sale, I’ll just replace the water pump myself. I found a local bmw specific shop, guy has an M3 himself, said he’d replace it for $700 out the door if I don’t have time.
        good deal for sure, considering the pump lists at $612 as of yesterday afternoon.
        '72 2002 pickup | '88 M5 | '89 330is | '89 M3 | '01 Z3 M | '11 328xi-t

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        • #19
          Originally posted by e30Lamour View Post
          Thank you for the replies everyone!

          I’m getting the compression/leak down results later today. As long as it gets a clean bill of health, the next step is to arrange transport down here to Aliso Viejo, CA after the wire transfer.

          The plans are to get the under-tray/splitter back on, M3 badge, install either my 370mm Mtech I wheel or the Italvolanti wheel, my smoked version of the StarTecs, source an original OBC (I think these cars only came with the 13 button?). The car already has Smoked Hellas, so I guess I can put my set up for sale!

          I’m indifferent about the M badges on the seats, I’m curious to see if the leather was punctured to install them.

          The Kopi gauge is cool, I’ll consider keeping it, I’ll just need to learn how to read it.

          I’ll keep you guys posted with updates in this thread. As long as everything goes to plan I’ll make a separate thread once the car is in my possession. Todd, you’ve been very informative (especially on BaT), you inspired confidence and I thank you for that.
          Talk to me about these NOS Smoked Hellas..

          Thx
          Chris

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          • #20
            Originally posted by dudley123 View Post

            Talk to me about these NOS Smoked Hellas..

            Thx
            Chris
            There’s a NOS set for sale on FB for $1,400. Ouch.

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            • #21
              Yea.. Let me know if you're selling or fishing like that guy

              Congrats on the car btw!

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              • #22
                I was the guy the bid on Todd’s car till the last minute I kept on bidding and was going to go all the way but, the last 30 seconds a glitch kicked my bid out. So I lost.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by BeniD View Post
                  I was the guy the bid on Todd’s car till the last minute I kept on bidding and was going to go all the way but, the last 30 seconds a glitch kicked my bid out. So I lost.
                  Sorry to hear that, that’s a tough way to lose a car. The good news is that BaT features M3s regularly so you’ll have your chance again! Fingers crossed for you.
                  1989 Lachs
                  1988 Lachs - sold
                  1988 DS - sold
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by e30Lamour View Post
                    Shopped around with quite a few transporters/brokers. Found one that I liked; $2,000.00 door to door + has a broker that will help with customs. $200 broker fee to help with all the paper work, plus there’s a 4% fee at the border based off of the sales price (so BaT’s 5% commission + 4% at the border, ouch).

                    I won’t ask the seller to “fudge” the numbers on the Bill of Sale, even if he would be willing to I don’t want the car to get seized.

                    Just waiting to hear back on the PPI.
                    $2000 USD Plus brokerage is about the going rate. The buyer for my 68 Shelby GT350 paid about the same going near Santa Monica Beach. Had to unload
                    on the beach parking lot. Very fitting.

                    CanuckM3
                    1989 E30 M3
                    1984 Renault R5 Turbo 2
                    2001 Renault Clio Sport V6
                    1999 Skyline R34 GTR VSpec
                    1972 Datsun 510 KA24 DE - Sold
                    1968 Shelby Mustang GT 350 Convertible - Sold

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by BeniD View Post
                      I was the guy the bid on Todd’s car till the last minute I kept on bidding and was going to go all the way but, the last 30 seconds a glitch kicked my bid out. So I lost.
                      Sorry Beni!

                      My best wishes to you on the next one. Perhaps this will give you peace of mind, but I’ll be around $50k in total on this car even at the sale price of $44k.

                      The anxiety of getting a car shipped about 2,000 miles is also not fun.

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                      • #26
                        thanks guys.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by e30Lamour View Post
                          The anxiety of getting a car shipped about 2,000 miles is also not fun.
                          I hear you there! I bought my Evo2 sight unseen from the UK a couple years ago, then imported it to the CA port.
                          That was a very anxious month as it made it's way across the ocean.

                          Enjoy your M3!
                          1984 E30 323i Euro (sold)
                          1985 E30 325e (sold)
                          1988 E30 Henna/Black 2.5L
                          1988 E30 Macao Evo2 #330
                          2014 F31 328i Sportswagon
                          2017 F80 M3

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                          • #28
                            Congrats on the new car! I just sent you a PM.

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                            • #29
                              Wooo, the M3 got loaded up last night. I just hope everything else is relatively straight forward from here on out.
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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by e30Lamour View Post
                                Wooo, the M3 got loaded up last night. I just hope everything else is relatively straight forward from here on out.
                                Sure looks shiny!
                                1989 Lachs
                                1988 Lachs - sold
                                1988 DS - sold
                                Car blog
                                Bay Area M3 FB group

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