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      10-12-2011, 08:34 PM   #89
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I have been in this spot before and bought too much car for my budget when I was younger. On paper I could "afford it" but cars ALWAYS cost more when you starting actually owning them. Tires for example. Even normal driving an m3 they come with super soft summer tires that will wear very quickly and cost 1200 to replace all four. You likely won't baby the car so you will wear tires out even more quickly by driving hard which the m3 will get you to do.

Good point about the additional costs, but tires CAN be had for much cheaper. That's one of the benefits of being a forum member. People sell tires often!



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Even if you consider you have warranty for two years.
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Whoever is spending less than 400 on gas a month is either not driving it much at all or driving it like a cadillac which if that is what you are going to do than no point getting it. If you buy an m3 and drive the thing like an m3 is supposed to be driven and you put more than 1000 miles a month than you will be burning 500 bucks easily a month.
Nowhere does it state that an owner has to drive aggressively everyday to enjoy the car. Prudence pays dividends! How much you spend on gas depends on the variables associated with your commute (..i.e..distance, driving habits, hours of travel, etc.). Driving anywhere close to the level that you allude to in the post above will only result in more negative police contact than it's worth (...and the subsequent, "How do you get out of a ticket via Trial by Declaration" threads). I used to give BMW drivers a pass, but lately that hasn't been the case.

Funny, your post reminded me of a 7-series owner that I cited a month ago on the 15 freeway @ Sierra traveling SB @ 90 MPH. He proceeded to argue that his 7-series would have alerted him if he were speeding. Yeah! Sign here sir!


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Than if you are in so cal or arizona you will be temped by putting higher octane gas in so you get the full 414hp and you will be tempted to spend on race gas and that adds up. Then you will want to mod here and there and mods are so much more for the m3 than the 335. The list goes on and expenses go on!
That actually made me chuckle!

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      10-12-2011, 09:04 PM   #90
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More power to anyone that can get into an m3 its by far the better car!

I have to disagree about driving the snot out of the m3 being associated with breaking the law. While certainly you can easily break the law in this car (and any car now adays) but within reason you can drive the piss out of it and stay within the limits.

Every day I redline 1st and 2nd gear getting on the freeway or on some backroads but always shut it down at 65-70 on the freeway and maybe 5 over whatever the limit is on the backroads. The most fun thing about the m3 and its engine is taking it to redline and keeping it in the low gears and revving the piss out of it.

Or another example is on the freeway when you are cruising at 55mph, you can drop it to second, hear the engine scream as it hits 7200 and than you get 1200 glorious RPMS to wind out for a second or two until you hit 66 which is the top of 2nd and you are still easily within limits.

So I do not think you have to granny it to stay with the limits of the law!
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      10-12-2011, 09:13 PM   #91
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My M3 is jet black. It happened yesterday that I left work to find a jet black (335is)- first time seeing one by the way- parked right next to mine. To me it looked like a 335 but went through (pimp my ride) protocol


lol, i honestly must say a 335is in white is
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      10-12-2011, 09:15 PM   #92
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More power to anyone that can get into an m3 its by far the better car!

I have to disagree about driving the snot out of the m3 being associated with breaking the law. While certainly you can easily break the law in this car (and any car now adays) but within reason you can drive the piss out of it and stay within the limits.

Every day I redline 1st and 2nd gear getting on the freeway or on some backroads but always shut it down at 65-70 on the freeway and maybe 5 over whatever the limit is on the backroads. The most fun thing about the m3 and its engine is taking it to redline and keeping it in the low gears and revving the piss out of it.


Or another example is on the freeway when you are cruising at 55mph, you can drop it to second, hear the engine scream as it hits 7200 and than you get 1200 glorious RPMS to wind out for a second or two until you hit 66 which is the top of 2nd and you are still easily within limits.

So I do not think you have to granny it to stay with the limits of the law!
Well, when you mentioned driving the piss out of the car I envisioned more. Rhetoric I suppose!


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      10-12-2011, 10:08 PM   #93
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Can't really afford it. You won't find an '09 with DCT CPO'd for $50k. Buy a used 335 and use the money saved to finance more English classes at UCLA. The M3 is not a great commuter because of the mileage and insurance costs. Just not a good car if you're on a budget, seriously.
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      10-13-2011, 02:22 AM   #94
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It's so hard to commute to Hollywood to UCLA... takes almost 3hrs for a round trip.
Dude you are doing it wrong. Aside from when Obama comes to town, that drive should never ever take more than 45 mins one way at worst.
Yeah it's bit longer than it should be.
However, my place's little tricky to go to the bus stop... Takes at least 15min to get there...
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Why even think of a 335 when you have the chance of a m3, you will end up one of these guys doing mods on a 335 wishing it was a m3.Get a m3 bud you will love it M POWER. 2011 E92 M3
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Yeah it's bit longer than it should be.
However, my place's little tricky to go to the bus stop... Takes at least 15min to get there...
Oh by bus? Whole different story. My bad.
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More power to anyone that can get into an m3 its by far the better car!

I have to disagree about driving the snot out of the m3 being associated with breaking the law. While certainly you can easily break the law in this car (and any car now adays) but within reason you can drive the piss out of it and stay within the limits.
Broke the law in so many rentals; slow ass rentals
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