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      09-07-2011, 08:37 PM   #8
Nati Beastcat
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Originally Posted by X_fuera View Post
Let me start by saying that I'm a noob here, but not new to forums in general, and I have searched with limited success...

My situation is such that I can only have a single car (need to keep the wife happy given that we have limited garage space lol) that will be used in all seasons, including winter. The car will not see any track duty. I’ve narrowed my search down to a new GT500 or a ‘08/‘09 M3 (cost is roughly equal). I know the GT500 and M3 aren’t exactly in the same class, but I can’t be the first person to cross shop these cars. I think there are a lot of people out there like me who have grown up on domestic performance but as they’ve became a bit older are looking to add a little refinement in with the performance.

The M3 is the obvious choice for that refinement, but what concerns me about the M3’s I can afford is that they’ll shortly be out of warranty. How expensive is scheduled maintenance on the M3? How expensive is it to maintain the M3 in general? How reliable is the M3? I’ve also read stories about lackluster build quality on this iteration of the M3. Any truth to this?

Has anyone made the switch from GT500 to M3 or vice versa? Has anyone else faced this same dilemma? Any input you guys could provide would be much appreciated!

I've had my share of mustangs! 93 5.0 GT, 92 5.0 Lx notch back, 93 5.0 Lx notch back and a 98 cobra with a 10 lb. Procharger with intercooler etc. etc. as far as bmw's 93 318is sold to a friend still running with over 250,000 miles on it A 98 E36 M3 and currently a E90 M3.

Do you need 2 doors or four doors? BMW you have your pick with the M and the mustang your stuck with two.

Listen I've had a long love affair with Mustangs, but GT500 or not its still a mustang. Everyone has them bottom line! In a GT500 people that like mustangs will drool when you drive past but it ends there. I don't care what anyone says EVERYONE wants or has WANTED an M3 at some point in time. true the M3 lacks some HP vs. the GT500 but you'll make it up else where.

I have friends that are Chevy/Ford guys through and through. Drag some fast cars that go low 9's but they all lust after my M's even the E36 when I had it. The M is the total package. May not be the fastest in a straight line but thats not what its all about (to me anyway).

Drive both and decide for your self. If you're worried about maintenance don't buy any car keep your old one.

Last edited by Nati Beastcat; 09-07-2011 at 08:42 PM.