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  • TexaZ3
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    I honestly don't think is matters if that particular car had cracks starting to form. You buy E46M knowing that if subframe, vanos, and RB were not done previously, you will have to do them at some point - guaranteed. So, its only a matter of time - and if you need to throw some $$ at it right away, or later. So in a nutshell, if the subframe is not reinforced, it does not matter if it has cracks.

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  • mrgizmo04
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    Lol, I'm new here too. We are all new.

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  • Icecream
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    Originally posted by Zero View Post

    Wow you have no clue - Huh..

    Since around March when years of the m3forum content was lost without a good backup. And I'm new poster???
    Interesting. Guess I've been had.

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  • Zero
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    Originally posted by Icecream View Post

    This forum is new????? what, since when?? who did this?? .
    Wow you have no clue - Huh..

    Since around March when years of the m3forum content was lost without a good backup. And I'm new poster???

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  • Icecream
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    Originally posted by Zero View Post

    1st Post - LOL.

    First of all this is a new forum. I was a M3F member for 10+ years with 2 e 46 M3's currently and and e36 M3.

    I didn't mean to come off like an ass so I apologize to the original poster.

    If you follow any e46 stuff or BAT every single person asks the same questions even if they have no interest in the car. Bearings, subframe, Vanos.... I didn't read the whole auction but many people don't even understand the rod bearing issues and that they are a preventative maintenance item. Looking out is fine but anyone buying an e46 should understand this. Anyone with an e46 M3 coupe should do the RCAP reinforcements regardless. So factor in $1-2k to have them done.

    Shitting on someones for sale on the last day of the auction from someone that has no interest in the car is not looking out it's just malicious.
    This forum is new????? what, since when?? who did this?? I am ok with sh*tting on a dishonest sellers auction at the last second. I don't think the seller is being dishonest here but too many people defend shady people and then say "well they should have done their homework" as an excuse to make it ok. Carry on.

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  • Inizes
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    Originally posted by Zero View Post

    1st Post - LOL.

    First of all this is a new forum. I was a M3F member for 10+ years with 2 e 46 M3's currently and and e36 M3.

    I didn't mean to come off like an ass so I apologize to the original poster.

    If you follow any e46 stuff or BAT every single person asks the same questions even if they have no interest in the car. Bearings, subframe, Vanos.... I didn't read the whole auction but many people don't even understand the rod bearing issues and that they are a preventative maintenance item. Looking out is fine but anyone buying an e46 should understand this. Anyone with an e46 M3 coupe should do the RCAP reinforcements regardless. So factor in $1-2k to have them done.

    Shitting on someones for sale on the last day of the auction from someone that has no interest in the car is not looking out it's just malicious.
    It’s cool I thought I recognized the name. I definitely didn’t mean to be malicious and only want to have the best interest for other car enthusiasts. It’s tough in situations like these where the seller and buyer are both enthusiasts, and if it truly was a failure (yes I agree all need to be done regardless) one party would take a hit anyways. Poor sleep + bad wording/judgement created the second post on the thread. But I really was just looking to see if that was a failure or not. Seems like it may be or may not on one of the welds. The rest is just water/dirt spots.

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  • Onefastsicilian
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    These are the threads that give m3 owners anxiety lol

    Those aren't cracks.

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  • Zero
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    Originally posted by Icecream View Post

    Solid 1st post. Tell me again, whats wrong with having ethics and looking out for each other?
    1st Post - LOL.

    First of all this is a new forum. I was a M3F member for 10+ years with 2 e 46 M3's currently and and e36 M3.

    I didn't mean to come off like an ass so I apologize to the original poster.

    If you follow any e46 stuff or BAT every single person asks the same questions even if they have no interest in the car. Bearings, subframe, Vanos.... I didn't read the whole auction but many people don't even understand the rod bearing issues and that they are a preventative maintenance item. Looking out is fine but anyone buying an e46 should understand this. Anyone with an e46 M3 coupe should do the RCAP reinforcements regardless. So factor in $1-2k to have them done.

    Shitting on someones for sale on the last day of the auction from someone that has no interest in the car is not looking out it's just malicious.

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  • Icecream
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    Originally posted by Zero View Post

    Who appointed you the ethics police?
    Solid 1st post. Tell me again, whats wrong with having ethics and looking out for each other?

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  • M3_CJ
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    To me, there does look like a crack on the 2nd picture (2nd from the bottom red arrow), but can't really confirm based on single picture. Wish there were more pictures at a different angle to help.

    Saw this car on craigslist ad a good while ago (maybe 6 months+?). Surprised it wasn't sold yet.

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  • enjoy_m3
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    I just finished an extensive rear end refresh and reinforcement on my m3. I did many hours of research and with the help of reddish motorsport, it helped me understand the issue on this chassis regardless of year and model. I removed the seam sealer on both the trunk and underside of the car only to find failed spot welds in areas that would be un-noticed.

    From what I've learned these are inevitable failures on the e46 chassis. My car has relatively soft kw v2 coilovers with only 200tw street tires, a hand full off track days with welded plates on the underside (thinking it was enough). It wasn't until I noticed the seam sealer cracked on the driver side wheel well upon routine inspection. That started my 8 week journey of hours of research, and quarantine project. lol.

    Based on that BAT ad, the seller looks to have gone out of his way to clean the areas to show there are no cracks on the chassis. And take pretty detailed pictures. Based on the picture you provided, the top corner area looks like a water spot. The 2 lower spot welds with a mark can be questionable. I found areas somewhat similar on my car and upon taking it down to bare metal, is where I found the crack or failed spot weld. Again, I'm not saying it's a crack on that car. It would be hard to confirm without actually taking it to bare metal very carefully. Regardless, these chassis need to get reinforced anyway. I would say that the car is a good start, it doesn't have obvious cracks.

    Everyone on this forum really should be aware that you NEED to reinforce both the bottom of the RACP and the top on the trunk side, whichever method you prefer, regardless of year. It's not just my opinion, I watched almost all the reddish videos and they show the different failures on this chassis regardless of year, mileage, model. Each varying in severity but all in the same areas.
    Last edited by enjoy_m3; 07-31-2020, 09:31 AM.

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  • mrgizmo04
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    My problem with bat platform is they provide cookie cutter (in most cases) descriptions of the cars and rely on the seller to know the car and disclose information (which is usually based on "my mechanic said no problems"). People who work for bat and list the cars dont know the cars and what to look out for. For the 5% fee the buyer pays, they are surely not protected/represented well by bat. A simple ui with picture uploads and descriptions and a comment section...I'm glad they post hp numbers and wheels size, super helpful .

    There have been many auctions where the community pointed out problems with the cars based on pictures and videos/walk arounds and in some of those bat pulled the auctions. I feel like the community should be splitting the 5% buyer fee for looking out. There is definitely the extreme of scrutinizing every square inch and dust particle based on all the pics, but I feel like you kinda have to since in a lot of cases it's sight unseen buy for "insane" amounts.

    I would absolutely not be afraid to comment what you think could be a problem, ask for clarifications from the seller, ask for more/better pictures of certain areas, which the seller will provide to a bat representative who will then upload.

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    Last edited by mrgizmo04; 07-31-2020, 08:42 AM.

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  • Inizes
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    Originally posted by Zero View Post

    Who appointed you the ethics police?
    Self appointed I guess? If you saw something wrong would you say something or let someone walk into it.

    Here’s an example: Car looks great, has a “clean” title, but was in a major accident. Car is being advertised as a clean title car with no mention of the accident. Would you tell people that it was in an accident if you could or say tough shit you didn’t see it.

    Maybe ethic wasn’t the right word, but I like to look out for people when I can. I didn’t mention anything on the for sale ad and instead asked questions here to educate myself.

    welcome to the forum.
    Last edited by Inizes; 07-31-2020, 08:46 AM.

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  • Zero
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    Originally posted by Inizes View Post
    Ethically, if this is a failure, do I point it out to potential buyers with less than 12 hours on the auction?
    Who appointed you the ethics police?

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  • Inizes
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    Right I agree they look like water spots, especially with their rounded shape.

    Do those spot welds look normal or are they popped? They look similar to what I have seen in some of the reddish videos.

    Thank you for the education - I do appreciate it. Always learning.

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