Start your engines! Check your service records!
The V8, M3 BMW has been exciting news in the automotive world for many months now. Those beautiful pictures, details and test drive experiences have been popping up in most of the BMW enthusiast magazines. Great reads can be found in Bimmers and also the Roundel, which is the BMW Car Club publication.
For most of us, reading about this great new M3 V8 will have to do. One can dream!
Just a reminder, if you are looking at buying a pre-owned M3, be sure that the BMW recommended service schedules have been followed. Especially important is that first valve adjustment that may be recommended. This specific operation is important to insure that the valves are seated properly. Failure to follow BMW recommendations and specifications in this case, could result in loss of compression or (in a worst case scenario), could damage that beautiful engine.
So, don’t be shy when it comes to asking for service records of a previously owned BMW that you are buying. The last thing that most of us would want, is to buy a car that may have been taken care of on the exterior and looks fantastic, but, neglected on the mechanical side.
Who, (with the exception of perhaps, Jay Leno), wants to find out that the awesome looking, babe of a car, is sadly in need of major engine work!