well that's a decent lump of money Tony, and if you are looking for a standard one that will buy you something decent for sure...
some blacklines and clover 150's at that price, did see a lovely white 147 Ducati Corse on ebay that was £3500..maybe the Mrs would be interested in that? 4 door so lots more practical..
Loz at AL reckons mines worth 6k, I am aware only an Alfa fan would pay that for it, being aware that just the mods amounts to about 6k! and even a GT with a FSH could easily blow a 3k hole in your wallet the first year if you are unlucky..
and in terms of ''normal'' stuff its had new upper and lower wishbones, a new radiator, two new window control units, under sealing 2 new handbrake cables,,oil every 6k miles, fuel filter, a K&N airfilter, a complete set of Osram nightbreaker extreme bulbs,a recent full cambelt kit including water pump idlers and tensioners, new simone racing gear knob and I had all the dents removed as well...there are a couple of cosmetic bits like the drivers seat bolster is worn but other than that its a minter.
that said if you want to go this route you can spend bit by bit but I reckon it would cost a fair amount, bilstien B12s and eibach kit alone are about £1200 fitted, then there is the quaife,and the hybrid turbo and mapping, and the egr delete and the swirl flap removal,the de-cat pipe,GTA clutch and single mass flywheel,light covers,splitter,bluetooth unit with SWC,performance pads and fluid,custom made stainless steel turbo piping, anti shudder valve delete....
the list goes on...!
shame you didn't decide to o this way a few months ago. we bought Mrs Mannero a new car and she may have been into the Mini seeing as she ended up with a bloody Peugeot!
keep us posted with the search, hope you find a good one..