Is this a supercharged BMW M3 Dinan from 1998 a great deal?

Good price or no dice 1998 BMW M3 Dinan

Today’s seller Good price or no dice Droptop M3 threatens to take it to Bring a Trailer if it doesn’t sell on Craigslist. Let’s see if we think its price will save their journey.

The 2000 Jeep Cherokee two-door we took a look that yesterday didn’t offer too many options or extravagance which meant it had a lot of advantages when it comes to simplicity and maintainability. Unfortunately, his frugal pleasures did not extend to the asking price. At $ 7,488, it was too rich for our blood, taking the jeep a 57 percent No Dice loss.

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We’ve all seen those old school ads where the product is touted as the best thing since bivalent booster shots are even more amazing with the announcer saying “but wait, there’s more.” This trigger sentence is intended to motivate fence maintainers by making the overall value so described much greater than initially expected.

Today’s 1998 BMW M3 Convertible it’s kind of like a “but wait, there’s more” car. First of all, it is of course the M3, which is the overclocked edition of the standard Series 3, here in the guise of the E36. Moreover, this one offers slathering of the faster parts of Dinan, which makes it even more intriguing.

The seller summarizes the attractions of the car as follows:

In short, this car is super clean for kilometers, an absolute beast and a total eye-catcher. If you don’t like getting everyone’s attention then this isn’t the car for you … lol

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As advertised, this M3 “scrupulously kept up its entire life with maintenance and repair records worth tens of thousands of dollars.” Some of that maintenance work included upgrading the OEM plastic trap bits cooling system to a Mishimoto setup, as well as a recent Powerdyne boost rebuild (didn’t they make the Terminator?). The seller insists that all performance parts are legal in California, which is quite a feat for a car with such a deep engine modification bench.

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Overall, the performance parts are claimed to produce 300 horsepower on the rear wheels. Incidentally, these wheels are Dinan Alloys and are wrapped in new Kumho rubber. There are many other modifications to the car, which is not entirely surprising given its age. A little more surprising is that the car has all this equipment and has driven 187,000 miles. That’s a lot, but it doesn’t seem to be seen in the Estoril Blau paint or the plastic pieces. The bodywork feels simple, as is the roof material, although the plastic rear windshield can withstand extensive decay.

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Other problems include having one of the wheels securely fastened, a skin tear in the rear seat and the need to replace the tensioning straps on the top. Perhaps more disturbing than anything else, the seller says the rear main seal has started to cry. This is a gearboxless job and while it is being repaired it would be a good idea to renew the clutch as well.

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Beyond these issues, the car feels like a solid citizen, although you’d imagine that things like bushings and bearings might soon require a little love. Maybe it is worth investing in your time and future expenses as it is a bit of a rare bird and is positioned quite decently. Also, congratulations to the seller for the comprehensive description (both good and bad) in the ad and for making all the photo documentation available.

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This M3 traded at $ 29,000 for a few weeks, but didn’t seem to get any serious bite for the price. This announcement threatened that if Craigslist did not seal the deal at that price, the car would have a trailer. Now it’s been re-listed on Craigslist for $ 23,000, and it’s up to us to have the billets available at the new lower price.

What do you think, is this M3 convertible in Dinan format worth as much as is depicted in the ad? Or are miles and mods – and price – accumulating too much?

You decide!

Los Angeles, California, Craigs Listor go here if the ad disappears.

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