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      05-09-2007, 12:00 PM   #1
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Considering to buy a bmw M3 E46

Hi everybody, I am actually considering buying a 2005 bmw m3. For people who already own this toy can you give me tips. Is that a good car?? I have always owned some BMW 525e36, 535e39 and I would like to know if this M3 is really powerful. Can you make a comparison between a 2002 porsche carrera 4 and this car?? which one is more powerful???

And what's the difference of sensation between the convertible and the coupe??

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      05-09-2007, 01:06 PM   #2
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Its really a very hard choice between coupe and cabrio.. it basically personally preference. Performance wise, both have the same engine specs
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Its really a very hard choice between coupe and cabrio.. it basically personally preference. Performance wise, both have the same engine specs
yeah....also over a 300 lbs. difference.
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Hi everybody, I am actually considering buying a 2005 bmw m3. For people who already own this toy can you give me tips. Is that a good car?? I have always owned some BMW 525e36, 535e39 and I would like to know if this M3 is really powerful. Can you make a comparison between a 2002 porsche carrera 4 and this car?? which one is more powerful???

And what's the difference of sensation between the convertible and the coupe??

thanks a lot.
Having already a M3 I'll take the Carrera S next
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      05-18-2007, 03:22 PM   #6
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Any used M3 is a great car but let me give you some advice from a guy that bought a used M3 just as the new M3 was hitting our shores.

I bought a 1998 E36 M3 in early 2001 just about the time the E46 M3 was showing its face on our shores. At that time I was big into dtmpower.net and bimmerforums. Both sites had a dedicated E36 fan base. A lot like E46fanatics and M3forum has a dedicated E46 M3 fan base today. I never really gave much attention to the E46 M since most forums speculated that the bigger, heavier, and curvy E46 M wasnt going to be that spectacular. Also, there were many E36 M3 owners that just didnt want to see their M car de-throned. I guess we all kind of hoped that the E46 M3 would fall on its face and leave the E36 M3 has the M car to own. Of course we all know what happened. Here we are again at the cusp of getting another new M3 and again we have a lot of loyal E46 M fans and others hoping or speculating that the E92 is going to fall on its face. I think history is going to repeat itself and the "nay sayers" will be silenced. If I were you I would hold out another year until a few used E92 M's start surfacing and buy one of those instead. I love my E36 M3 and I cant imagine parting with it. But, had I waited a little longer I could have picked up an E46 if I wanted to.

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This era of change will be significant than the previous, a V8.
For my own personal use and enjoyment, a I6 is just fine for me for right now.
But I see your point and is very valid.

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If I were you I would hold out another year until a few used E92 M's start surfacing and buy one of those instead. I love my E36 M3 and I cant imagine parting with it. But, had I waited a little longer I could have picked up an E46 if I wanted to.

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Thanks a lot for this message. I think I will wait for the new m3 E92. That's a good idea. the v8 looks amazing.
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Any used M3 is a great car but let me give you some advice from a guy that bought a used M3 just as the new M3 was hitting our shores.

I bought a 1998 E36 M3 in early 2001 just about the time the E46 M3 was showing its face on our shores. At that time I was big into dtmpower.net and bimmerforums. Both sites had a dedicated E36 fan base. A lot like E46fanatics and M3forum has a dedicated E46 M3 fan base today. I never really gave much attention to the E46 M since most forums speculated that the bigger, heavier, and curvy E46 M wasnt going to be that spectacular. Also, there were many E36 M3 owners that just didnt want to see their M car de-throned. I guess we all kind of hoped that the E46 M3 would fall on its face and leave the E36 M3 has the M car to own. Of course we all know what happened. Here we are again at the cusp of getting another new M3 and again we have a lot of loyal E46 M fans and others hoping or speculating that the E92 is going to fall on its face. I think history is going to repeat itself and the "nay sayers" will be silenced. If I were you I would hold out another year until a few used E92 M's start surfacing and buy one of those instead. I love my E36 M3 and I cant imagine parting with it. But, had I waited a little longer I could have picked up an E46 if I wanted to.

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Hi everybody, I am actually considering buying a 2005 bmw m3. For people who already own this toy can you give me tips. Is that a good car?? I have always owned some BMW 525e36, 535e39 and I would like to know if this M3 is really powerful. Can you make a comparison between a 2002 porsche carrera 4 and this car?? which one is more powerful???

And what's the difference of sensation between the convertible and the coupe??

thanks a lot.
I own a 2004 and I think regardless if you get a convert or coupe you will be one happy driver. I have the convert and enjoy the open air driving a LOT but you will find restrictions for access to the track and driving schools (this can be a bummer for sure!). The extra weight of the convert can be a real issue but it really depends on what your driving style is like and there are mods to push the power (I recommend the VF Engineering supercharger). If you drive on the track a lot I'd recommend the coupe for sure.
Enjoy!
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