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      09-09-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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2010 e02 m3 dct to 2011 focus rs ????

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i have been considering this for a while as petrol and depreciation is a killer
i have a 2010 e92 m3 alpine white with extended fox red with 14000 miles
performance steering wheel and few nice extras

and thinking of downgrading to a focus rs 2011 with 5000 miles fully loaded

im so torn

advise or opinions please
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      09-09-2012, 02:20 PM   #2
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I say go for it. I love the Focus RS. It's a great looking, driving, feeling, etc. car. It'll be FAR better on gas, but with no less thrills.

As an M fan, you can always go back. There'll be plenty of Ms out there to buy when you're ready to get back into the game. The Focus RS is a great little hot hatch that'll serve you well.
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      09-10-2012, 02:46 PM   #3
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the only Focus that you should swop for is the Rs focus cosworth(if Ford ever get of their ass and make it in 4wd form )

my choice would be merc amg C63 ...just for the engine alone , or how about a late 997 c4s, ahhhhh so many choice out there (need to hit the lottery numbers game !! )
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      09-10-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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You'll regret it I went from a 2007 M3 to a white
Lux pack 2 RS with leather even had the mountune kit
fitted to get it to go better lets say I'm back in 2011
E92 M3 after having a 335D for a while in between
The Focus will return 25mpg and will have less depreciation
but what it gains here you will lose out on so much else
where
Try and get a Focus to drive for a few days and compare
the two yourself
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      09-10-2012, 05:52 PM   #5
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let put it this way...........ones a fwd hot hatch and the other is a high class rear rwd performance car ( i had all the early performance Ford in my youth !! so i am a "ford" fan )
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      09-13-2012, 01:44 AM   #6
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m3s will loose even more money over next year with new model and petrol prices
think ill get out now before new 1 kills value in the v8
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      09-13-2012, 11:41 AM   #7
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last of the v8 in a "M"...by the way every car loose value !! (no getting away there ! )
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      09-13-2012, 11:52 AM   #8
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yes but cars with big engines and poor fuel economy will losse more as petrol keeps going u5
don't get me wrong my m3 is a awesome car that i love to bits but i paid 45000 and now its worth 35k at a push
Silly depreciation in just under 2 years
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yes but cars with big engines and poor fuel economy will losse more as petrol keeps going u5
don't get me wrong my m3 is a awesome car that i love to bits but i paid 45000 and now its worth 35k at a push
Silly depreciation in just under 2 years
I paid 58K ..probably worth 30ish K(lost over 25k in two and half years) , when buying cars like ours ...it not about depreciation, it about enjoying the car for what it is

otherwise might aswell buy a ford 1.4 fiesta or better still a 50cc moped scooter that does 80mpg
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      09-13-2012, 11:45 PM   #10
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yes but cars with big engines and poor fuel economy will losse more as petrol keeps going u5
don't get me wrong my m3 is a awesome car that i love to bits but i paid £45000 and now its worth £35k at a push
Silly depreciation in just under 2 years
I paid £58K ..probably worth £30ish K(lost over £25k in two and half years) , when buying cars like ours ...it not about depreciation, it about enjoying the car for what it is

otherwise might aswell buy a ford 1.4 fiesta or better still a 50cc moped scooter that does 80mpg
Think these figures are more realistic. Paid mine 43.5k in July 2009 for a face lifted car with 12k miles. Sold it couple of days ago for 28k (might have achieved 29k if I had been more patient but couldn't be bothered).

15k in 2 years excluding consumables. If I had stayed in my 997.1 S I would have probably lost 6k in equivalent period excluding all items (like warranty).

I bring in the 911 because one thing I missed was exclusivity of the car, M3 was pretty much perfect for me and did everything I wanted but it just blended in too much. Despite the fact I found it utterly gorgeous in black an very "mean" it simply goes totally unnoticed.

Focus RS will be even less exclusive, feel a fair bit cheaper inside, telematics outdated compared to the M3. It will look aggressive but many might just think its a pumped up chav Essex roundabout racer ;-)

I know you don't buy car for others but for yourself.. But still.

Plus it's a fwd!! When are you goin to be able to power out of corners???

As for petrol you should calculate the real difference in everyday driving with your mileage. Is the cost that different or we talking about 500/year?

Good luck with your hunt.
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      09-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #11
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Thanks for all you input helped
i decided to keep m3 for a few more months ;-)
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      09-14-2012, 12:23 PM   #12
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yes but cars with big engines and poor fuel economy will losse more as petrol keeps going u5
don't get me wrong my m3 is a awesome car that i love to bits but i paid 45000 and now its worth 35k at a push
Silly depreciation in just under 2 years
Only GBP10k in two years is good at this price point....you may find it's lost a fair bit more than that so I agree with your decision to keep it. Plus, it's a faster, nicer car than the RS. Are you considering the F80/2 twin turbo I6 due in 12-18 months?
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      10-09-2012, 11:23 AM   #13
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from personal experience and also watching others these type of down sizing deals rarely work out to save you money and in most cases end up costing you more as you will always eventually end up returning to where you started. Stick with the M3 mate... just cut back on some of the other things you dont really need in the mean time!
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      10-09-2012, 12:40 PM   #14
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sold m3 now
got really good money and will wait for new 1
once a release date is announced prices will plummet
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      10-09-2012, 01:55 PM   #15
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lol.....price had already gone way down on M3s cant really see it going any further , actually plan to keep mine now as the wife will not let me swop for a 997 turbo

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they will drop loads more
its silly but i got out with only a 9000 loss after 2 years
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