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    Posted: 13-December-2003 at 20:49

Hi guys

Went to look at a car at James Paul in Bucks Green near Horsham. Saw a green 4 door 3.0lt. Looked good all round but when he started it, there was a quiet ticking noise coming from the engine. The engine was cold but the noise faded out after a while. Is this problem known to any of you guys?

I thought it was a bit over priced since it has done 99k and was going for 9995.

Has anyone heard anything about James Paul as well? the web site is www.jamespaul.co.uk.

Cheers guys

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-December-2003 at 23:14

Hey Darren,

Sounds a bit pricey to me, normal the 4 doors go for less. I saw one exactly the same as that on Ebay go for 7000 but it did have an extra 10K on the clock.

If you can knock him down on price abit, it might be worth it?

Normally go with your gut reaction.......if you aint happy with it walk away

 With the ticking noise, it could be the tappets....normally they will be a bit louder when cold as it takes time for the oil etc... to warm up, might be due for a service??

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 01:08

hi there mate,

Well the car hadnt been started for a while so i guess it just needed warming up. The car looks good inside and out, the only thing that puts me off is the price. i think 8500 could be a good price.

what do u think is a fair price. (100k 4 door green N reg 1995)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 08:29
Gotta say that green isnt my preferred colour but green 4 doors will certainly stand out against the more common colours.

The tapping does sound like the tappets-the vanos wouldn't stop on warming up.

Price wise it sounds v.steep for the miles. I know the coup Jct28 had had 68k on it and that was 9,995.

Are you getting a bit pigged off with looking around? I got a bit frustrated after looking at so many that were dogs with fleas but you will get there-I looked at 4 doors when I really wanted a coup and couldnt find a good 1 but didnt buy the 4 door as I knew I'd look at it later and think that I should have got the coup!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 09:52

I can't give any specific advise on the 4dr but I backup Mono when he says if it doesn't feel right then walk away. I always go with the rule that your heart and your head must both say yes. If one doesn't then trust your instincts and walk.

John...please let us know how the E30 M3 drive went. Dogs with fleas doesn't even start to come close to describing some I looked at in my search.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 11:40

i think ill leave that one then.

im sure ill find something soon

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 13:11

is there a difference between motor sport leather and just leather? Like style of the seat?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 13:29
Originally posted by senny senny wrote:

Hi guys

Went to look at a car at James Paul in Bucks Green near Horsham. Saw a green 4 door 3.0lt. Looked good all round but when he started it, there was a quiet ticking noise coming from the engine. The engine was cold but the noise faded out after a while. Is this problem known to any of you guys?

I thought it was a bit over priced since it has done 99k and was going for 9995.

Has anyone heard anything about James Paul as well? the web site is www.jamespaul.co.uk.

Cheers guys

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 19:30
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The E30 drive has been delayed-it was a drive in a mates E30 M3 at our pub meet to see if me (and especially the wife) want to go E30 or stay E36.

Just ran out of time today. Still, nice to see mine still gets the grins going round the dual carriageways and roundabouts that are Milton Keynes.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 19:35
You (and your wife) will probably find LHD and the dogleg box very strange initally. It took me a while to get used to it but now it seems like home. I switch between the RHD M5 and the LHD M3 with ease now.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 20:34
Wife isn't going to be driving it!! Just need her opinion since 1/2 the cash is apparently hers too??!?

The M is only a weekend car , Mon-Fri is spent in a VW Bora so LHD may be a pain or may not, gonna try and drive it over Christmas.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 21:36
Originally posted by senny senny wrote:

Hi guys

Went to look at a car at James Paul in Bucks Green near Horsham. Saw a green 4 door 3.0lt. Looked good all round but when he started it, there was a quiet ticking noise coming from the engine. The engine was cold but the noise faded out after a while. Is this problem known to any of you guys?

I thought it was a bit over priced since it has done 99k and was going for 9995.

Has anyone heard anything about James Paul as well? the web site is www.jamespaul.co.uk.

Cheers guys

Darren

Sounds to me like you have been looking at one of the limited edition e36 M3's as the only one I know of that was in green was the M3 GT which will command a slightly higher price, but it has about 10BHP more a different spoiler and interior.  Price still sounds steep, ask them a question do they really want to sell a car this month and pull out 8000 in cash and see how they react. dealer on not when they see the money you can haggle more.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 21:42
did they make a 4 door gt ?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 21:44

hi

it deffintly wasnt a GT, it was a 4 door 3.0lt. It looked really nice, but the only thing putting me off was the milage and the price.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 21:46
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 21:50
just remember its your cash ur gna spend , and u gotta buy the right car or u WILL regret it ! something most of us have done , also as a buyer at this time of year u have the upper hand ! DEMANDING a cheaper price whilst waving cash  normally works for me
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 22:00

so do u think 8k - 8500 would be a fair price then?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 22:21

is james paul the place built on a triangle shaped island in the road ?

 if it is i wanted to buy an 850 from them a year ago , it was red , it had had bodywork and was rustng in places , it was up for nearly ten grand so i offered em 8900 fo allow for the bodywork and getting the wheels refurbed , they didnt wanna no and said the best they could do was 9500 ,   which wasnt nearly low enuff .

   also my m8 bought a black 328 motorsport  from em , which he ended up not liking and took it back to em 10 days later to see  if  he could swap it for an m3 they had for the same price ,  they offerd him 8 grand for it  even tho he paid 13 grand  ten days b4 !  so i wouldnt deal wiv em outa principal  now , 

   But u might wanna give it a go !!

 Best of luck !!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 22:25

Yeah that would be the place! I would prefer a coupe with milage around 80k. I prefer the seats in the coupe's.

But thanks for letting me know about that place

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-December-2003 at 22:36
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Just checked the website and could only find a 4 door Evo in green with 68000 miles at 12,995.

A search on BMW.co.uk has found a '96 dakar yellow evo with 110k at 12,995. Bit pricey but would be BM warranty.

Try this link to MRR http://users.autoexposure.co.uk/mrrindependent/

Or try exchangeandmart.co.uk.

What in an ideal world is it that you'd buy(price,colour,style,engine)?
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