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05-04-2009, 06:53 PM
I found a 2002 M3 coupe, black with red Napa leather interior, Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG), paddle shifters, park distance control,moonroof, all scheduled maintenance available, no accidents, One owner, new tires, looks new inside/ does have 122,000 miles on it. Drives great. What would be a fair good price? 13k/14k?

05-04-2009, 08:28 PM

05-04-2009, 09:58 PM
Could double the price of the car if that goes. Just something to think of...

05-06-2009, 08:27 PM
Thanks for the info! I need to make a decision tomorrow between a clean silver 2003 model, manual 94k,($14,800 ) or this one ($13,000)

05-06-2009, 10:43 PM
All other things being equal. I got 120k miles out of my original clutch and I didnt baby it.

Im not 100% on the cost of SMG clutches, but with a standard manual transmission, there are far fewer parts to break.

Good luck with either one!

05-10-2009, 10:47 AM
money are you willing to spend to keep it up? Could you spend more on the front end to get a lower mileage, newer car? Do you like to gamble? Would you be pizzed if it broke a few weeks after you bought it? Inquiring minds want to know. NC TRACKRAT

05-25-2009, 09:38 AM
what did you decide?

05-25-2009, 09:38 AM

06-06-2009, 07:53 PM
The high mileage is another example of how reliable the SMG is. I've always assumed that an SMG would be easier on the clutch than a typical M3 driver -- the programmed clutch engagement and rev-matched downshifts should extend clutch life significantly.

But if the clutch is original, it's not long for this world. The good thing is that it's al the same clutch whether SMG or fully manual.

-- Mark B<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:Charcoal'>10/01 Jet Black SMG coupe, New Jersey, exit 50B</span></p>

06-09-2009, 09:37 AM
Just picked up an 02 Black/Imola Red with 78k on the clock for 15,500... Had many of the same concerns you did, but after all the research, I went for it.

06-10-2009, 01:00 PM
105k miles, no major problems except those covered by recall or service actions.

I had the bearing recall work done (twice), but never did have any problems with the car.

I had coil packs go out on it, but the new ones are lifetime warranty, no charge replacement.

I have had to replace the battery. I used to let my car sit for weeks at a time. Not any more, nice strong battery when the car is used routinely.

I currently have a CEL, my code reader says CAT is going out. This will be part of the newest recall for emissions programming and CAT replacement (10yr/unlimited mileage).

I had to have the AC recharged. This was done under warranty a while ago. Don't know what happened there, I hit summer and the first time I tried to use the AC the passenger side was blowing HOT.

I have had to put new pads and rotors on the brakes. duh.

I think I am on my 6th set of tires.

I have my original clutch (my car is a manual), and it looks like at this rate I won't need to replace it for another 40k miles or so.

06-10-2009, 05:21 PM
my clutches (on past cars). I don't abuse them, but usually only get 60k or so out of them. Sometimes I think its because I make too much of an effort to smooth out the ride, thus putting excessive wear on the "grab point".

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