Originally Posted by Majdnoon
Yeah I did a little bit of homework on the 535d (after I posted the topic, oh well) and realized that we don't get it here in the US as of yet. Like I said before, the main focus of this decision is whether I should use the E92 as both a track toy and a DD, or splitting up the roles between an E46 and another, bigger more comfortable car, something like an F10, or F30.
Budget's gonna be no more than 50K, which is give or take what a good quality E92 goes for these days. I've seen plenty of good E46's for about 10-15K, which will leave me 35-40K for a good F30 or even a lightly used F10.
In all honesty, I'm leaning more towards the 2 car approach, mainly due to track concerns. Correct me if I'm wrong, but parts for an E46 will probably be cheaper than parts for an E92. If something gets damaged it would probably be cheaper to fix and it's not my DD so I don't have to worry about how I'm going to get to work the next day if XYZ gets damaged while racing and I need to fix/replace it.
Plus, If the worst happens at the track (I hope to God nothing does, but you never know, there are many things that happen that are beyond our control) and I need to write off a car, I would much rather write off a 10-15K E46 than a 40-50K E92. Not to mention, I'll still have my F10 to take to work the next morning. If I bought an E92, I'd probably treasure it too much to risk it at a track.
Interesting situation you are in. I don't think parts for the E9x is that much more expensive than parts for the E46, but I could be wrong. While I LOVE the way the E46 looks, I don't love how it's probably the least dependable out of all M3 generations. That was a deal breaker for me.
Do you still have that E36? Those are still extremely quick at the track and they will def take the abuse better (IMHO) and get an E9x M3. FYI, I think a clean E9x can be had in the low 40k's. I got mine for 39k, and while the mileage is a bit higher, it's in immaculate condition.
So that's what I vote. Keep E36, get E9x.
P.S. I'd much rather have 2 cars in case something breaks down. It's so nice to have a backup car for those moments (I've got an E30 for that).