Buying a brawny Bavarian: BMW M3 CSL
THE CARBON front bumper is easily damaged. UK-based Munich Legends (ML) says: “It’s about $5000 to replace – painted and fitted – and the carbon splitters are $400. You can also have the carbon splitters refurbished for $165 each”. Every S54 has to have its head gasket replaced at 160,000km. “The gasket goes between the cylinders,” ML says. “The owner is blissfully unaware until the block cracks.” A new head gasket isn’t cheap and costs $3000 fully fitted. Early cars suffered from the carbon roofs debonding from the body. “It’s less of a problem these days because most have been fixed,” ML says. “Budget around $1700 to repair one”. The E46 M3 is notorious for cracked boot floors, caused by metal fatigue around the subframe mounts. “Repair includes removing the complete drivetrain, stripping the floor to bare metal, drilling the cracks, welding them and then reinforcing with a plate repair kit,” says ML. “After you’ve seam-sealed and painted it, you have to inject resin to strengthen it”. BMW fixed cars under warranty, but only if the 2000km running-in service had been done. BMW isn’t repairing cars now – Munich Legends, in the UK, charges $3300 for the whole job.