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      10-28-2011, 08:57 AM   #45
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Yeah, well, Manhattan is an anomaly. SOHO, Chelsea are on another planet. You have millionaires who don't even own cars. You'll see F430s wedged in between two cars in a tight spot. Lol
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Having lived in Manhattan for 12 years, I can also attest to that. Most new yorkers don't care, and expensive cars are parked on the street all the time. Go to SoHo on a nice weekend.... Anyway, when I take the M3 to NYC no one looks (expect car folks), but if I drive my car to York, PA to visit the in-laws I get tons of attention (good and bad).
I was only in York, PA once and I don't think anyone would have paid attention to an M3 or any BMW. Of course the day I was there they were having a huge Street Rod convention in town. There were literally thousands of Street Rods in the town and on the surrounding roads and as the cars left the site of the show people were lined up along the streets watching them go by and taking pictures.

On a normal day in York I can believe that an M3 would be one of the nicer cars in town.



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      10-28-2011, 09:20 AM   #47
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My first BMW was a e28 (535 is) now driven by a family member (photos in my garage we never will sell that car).

I first fell in love with a e46 2002 M3 in 2004 and after test driving it I could not get it out off my mind and just purchased it. I drove this car for almost 7 years and after I sold her I dearly regretted my actions. When I sold that car I had an e85 Z4 30is in the garage, since I always wanted a convertible.

Then the retractable hardtop on the e89 came out and I just had to have it for a planned trip across the USA to the west-coast. So the e85 got traded in for a e89 Z4 35i. While the trip across the US was a joy the e89 turned out to be a great disappointment. I will say only this that I hated the RFT and I lost 2 rear wheels to cracks in the wheels and both wheels had to be replaced (one under warranty the other I paid for it).

So with fears of wheel cracking in the back of my mind, the memory of my former e46 I naturally got back into my now e92 M3.

Do I have regrets, no way. I don't track my car, I drive the M3 for the following reasons,

1) I simply like the quality and the solid near the road feel & feedback of a BMW.
2) I drive it for safety (my e46 once saved my life) having the power when needed.
3) As others stated not too many people know it's a P car therefore it draws less attention.
4) It is the only BMW car (made now) not having Run-Flat-Tieres.
5) I can fold the seats down in the back and shop at Home hardware if I want to.
6) I can drive it year round and enjoy the car rather then hide it in the winter under a cover.

Having said that, will I replace her with another, too early to say let us see what the ///M Division is planning to roll out. If the next M3 comes out with RFT then my attention will be in the direction of a C6.3 AMG.
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      10-28-2011, 12:20 PM   #48
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Nope. No regrets at all. I was a little scared that owning a MT car would be a chore, but it gets better with each passing day. AND it's an M3.

My only worry is that I won't be able to make the payments and you'll all see me on Repo Man trying to outrun them. I'm sure it won't be a problem in my M3.
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      10-28-2011, 12:46 PM   #49
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Nope. No regrets at all. I was a little scared that owning a MT car would be a chore, but it gets better with each passing day. AND it's an M3.

My only worry is that I won't be able to make the payments and you'll all see me on Repo Man trying to outrun them. I'm sure it won't be a problem in my M3.
Unless he drives a M3 too or a C6.3 AMG, I hope for your sake it will not come to that.

You can always advertise as a special airport taxi and have fun while taking special pre-arranged folks home from the airport (late at night or on weekends), I know a part time job at KFC or McDonald's just will not cut it
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      10-28-2011, 12:56 PM   #50
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Unless he drives a M3 too or a C6.3 AMG, I hope for your sake it will not come to that.

You can always advertise as a special airport taxi and have fun while taking special pre-arranged folks home from the airport (late at night or on weekends), I know a part time job at KFC or McDonald's just will not cut it

Hahaha, I bet they'll be after me in a flatbed though.

Oh, on my payments: 2 down, 58 to go until I OWN this baby.

Ah the good o'l airport runs. Used to do them a lot in college FOR FREE. Those were the days. Hm, but you got me thinking how I can make money off of this baby. Argh, it's just too much. I gotta work harder at my day job.
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      10-28-2011, 01:00 PM   #51
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I did. Yeah, it's kinda heavy and drinks gas, but I think the thing I regret was actually my fault. I bought a DCT. Booooring. Yes, super duper engineering, but booooring.

I was eventually drawn to the 1M as an alternative. It's light weight and 6MT only setup "called to me."
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      10-28-2011, 01:13 PM   #52
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I suppose it depends on where you live. A few weeks ago there was a really nice Aston Martin parked in front of my building. I stood and watched it for about 10 minutes. A few people glanced at it but most people walked right by and paid no attention to it whatsoever. I saw a similar reponse (or lack thereof) to a Maserati GT parked on West 56th street a while ago. They certainly got my attention but I guess the average man on the street in Manhattan is not that into cars.

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This is precisely why I don't give a rat's a$$ whether someone looks at my car or not. I drive what I drive because it makes ME happy. I drive what I drive because it makes ME smile when I look at it. I would need 10 sets of hands (and feet) to count the number of times I have read on the many different car forums I frequent the following comments "xyz just doesn't garner any attention" or "which one of these cars will get my car valet'd in the front row". I just laugh at the fools that post this nonsense. If one wants to be noticed and is that much of an attention whore, walk around on stilts for Christaske or wear a clown suit everyday.....that'll get you noticed.
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      10-28-2011, 01:28 PM   #53
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Hahaha, I bet they'll be after me in a flatbed though.

Oh, on my payments: 2 down, 58 to go until I OWN this baby.

Ah the good o'l airport runs. Used to do them a lot in college FOR FREE. Those were the days. Hm, but you got me thinking how I can make money off of this baby. Argh, it's just too much. I gotta work harder at my day job.
Well this or ask yourself ... what do I do best? ... can I start my own business?

Remember; you never make any money working for other people Think about that.

Then think of what the future holds ... when you are my age and retired you bargain hard whit cool cash and get the car you like ... payments will be a thing of the past then you will about it all ...

I know ... way back I was in your shoes so I know
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      10-28-2011, 01:31 PM   #54
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I did. Yeah, it's kinda heavy and drinks gas, but I think the thing I regret was actually my fault. I bought a DCT. Booooring. Yes, super duper engineering, but booooring.

I was eventually drawn to the 1M as an alternative. It's light weight and 6MT only setup "called to me."
Does the 1M coupe feel more like the e46 James or close to it? What is your impression?
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      10-28-2011, 01:40 PM   #55
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I've attracted way more dudes than chicks in this car. Unless the girl is awesome and knows a thing or two about cars, she just sees BMW and doesn't notice the difference.
Yeah, tell me about it. This was a conversation I had with my GF a few days ago...

Her: Jen's new boyfriend is really into cars to!
Me: Oh yeah, what does he have?
Her: Some kind of Suburu, it's blue!
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And that's what most girls notice! lol

It's probably a WRX.
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      10-28-2011, 01:47 PM   #56
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Does the 1M coupe feel more like the e46 James or close to it? What is your impression?
Yes, and more.

Here's a little something I wrote...
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showt...ptain+kirk%27s
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      10-28-2011, 02:04 PM   #57
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you know what? Shit Happens. You can't control a lot of it. If you loose your job or get ill and have to sell the car, then so be it, at least you got to experience the M3.

Now i understand some parts of job-loosing and illness may be controllable or at least have some foresight, but my point is shit happens, live life.
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      10-28-2011, 02:35 PM   #58
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Yes, and more.

Here's a little something I wrote...
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James, This is a fantastic review, thanks for taking the time to post it.

Now I just have to take one for a spin and see for myself...

PS. Now I know why we have not seen you around here for a spell

Happy and Safe travels always in your new 1M
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This is precisely why I don't give a rat's a$$ whether someone looks at my car or not. I drive what I drive because it makes ME happy. I drive what I drive because it makes ME smile when I look at it. I would need 10 sets of hands (and feet) to count the number of times I have read on the many different car forums I frequent the following comments "xyz just doesn't garner any attention" or "which one of these cars will get my car valet'd in the front row". I just laugh at the fools that post this nonsense. If one wants to be noticed and is that much of an attention whore, walk around on stilts for Christaske or wear a clown suit everyday.....that'll get you noticed.
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People who regret buying a car definitely did not do the research on their cars before buying them or had false expectations about these machines. My only regret is that I don't get to exploit this car's capabilities from M-F and of course not having a private race track in my backyard.
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I have had I think some of the worst luck, having not been in more than two accidents in my life, my baby got hit 3x in 6 weeks, twice with me not even in the car, all during the 3rd to 4th month of ownership.

Still not getting rid of her, even of she kills me

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Back on topic - don't regret the M3 at all - there is no better car at being family transport one day and exciting to drive machine the next - its near perfect apart from fuel costs.
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Regret, not really...do I sometimes I wish I had something that wasn't my baby or something that I could take on a ski trip and not worry about smelly boots in my trunk, or park wherever I want...or not cringe over potholes, sometimes less flashy...sure I do.

Those times would be:
1. When driving around the office parking lot, or to my in-laws house.
2. harsh weather
3. blacked out, lifted Jeep Rubicon drives by.
4. driving around down town DC trying to find street parking.


The M3 is great, but it will put a hole in your pocket, I'm already thinking about dropping 2800 on GTS wheels and tires.
Couldn't have said it any better, DC potholes are giving me grays all day!
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I've only met people that regretted selling their M3s.
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Me included... so depressed after I sold my E36. Glad I am back in the E92.
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This is precisely why I don't give a rat's a$$ whether someone looks at my car or not. I drive what I drive because it makes ME happy. I drive what I drive because it makes ME smile when I look at it. I would need 10 sets of hands (and feet) to count the number of times I have read on the many different car forums I frequent the following comments "xyz just doesn't garner any attention" or "which one of these cars will get my car valet'd in the front row". I just laugh at the fools that post this nonsense. If one wants to be noticed and is that much of an attention whore, walk around on stilts for Christaske or wear a clown suit everyday.....that'll get you noticed.
According to some of the posters here they have to beat back the throngs of admirers with a stick in order to get into their car and they have to park 8 blocks from their jobs so that their co-workers don't see what they drive and confuse them with Donald Trump.

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