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    potential new M3 owner. Please help quick!!!


    Hello all. I could be joining your ranks if all goes well. I have owned 7 bimmers, but never an E36. So, I am not real familiar. Recently a 99 coupe has dropped into my lap. The asking price is very fair. The thing I need help with is this: the guy is moving out of the country very soon. I have approx 2 weeks to a month tops to decide if I want the car or not. It is in another state. I have seen tons of pics and it looks fine. The guy says it runs fine. I asked him to send me a video of it starting/running and he told me he cannot get into the car due to the door handles. Supposedly the driver side door handle stopped working long ago and he just never did anything to fix it and just used the pass. side or left the window down in his garage. A week ago the pass. side stopped working and now he cannot get into the car short of breaking a window. Doors are unlocked, but supposedly the handle just pulls and doesn't open. Does this sound true? Is this a legitimate problem that occurs? I've never heard of it before and I sure don't want to drive a state away for some B.S. story. But.... I also don't want to miss an M3 due to a small issue. Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Never heard of that happening


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    something to it...

    well, just looking on youtube and I come up with quite a few videos that show door lock problems. example:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJPbC4hr4Yw

    a few of them say door lock actuator is broke. But, how to get the doors to open in the first place????

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    b.s. ran from it. similar story happened to

    a friend. The guy was moving out of a country and sold him a 4 door M3 with rebuilt title. 5000 and included a not yet installed turbo kit.

    The car turned out to be an M3 with a 328i engine and several more issues.

    I'm foreigner and its a shame what some people try to pull with this moving out of the country [Oops!]. Disgusting.

    Tell him to open the frikkin' door with a locksmith and you pay for the service at the end. He needs to open the door if he wants to sell.



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    we just cut the window

    the back convertible top was nasty anyways, so we just cut it and climbed through. I hated to watch him do it, but it was the only way to get in. Both the door handles are absolutely screwed. So, it does happen, I have seen it with my own 2 eyes. Long story short, repair the first handle when it messes up so you don't get caught with your pants down if the second one goes out too....

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