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      11-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #45
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      11-21-2012, 12:28 PM   #46
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      11-21-2012, 12:28 PM   #47
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      11-21-2012, 12:52 PM   #48
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nah im enjoying every minute of it.. 08 with 75k miles... this car is not meant to store... drive it
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      11-21-2012, 12:55 PM   #49
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nice idea, but these cars aren't meant to be garage queens. Good news is these engines run very strong all the way to 70k+ ...you've got time. I personally put 20k miles in one summer doing track days...yea, nelly.

If you're still concerned, get a second car to daily drive to work and keep your M at home for the weekends.
Just curious - are there reported problems that are coming up right at about 70k, or on the other hand, is this statement based upon the fact that most forum members are 70k or less, and there are no major issues to speak of up to 70k?
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      11-21-2012, 12:57 PM   #50
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nice idea, but these cars aren't meant to be garage queens. Good news is these engines run very strong all the way to 70k+ ...you've got time. I personally put 20k miles in one summer doing track days...yea, nelly.

If you're still concerned, get a second car to daily drive to work and keep your M at home for the weekends.
that's what i do. initially it was for mileage but other factors play into. i drive alot every week and i take my car to places that don't have optimal parking so i want to avoid door dings and other stupid people hitting my car. it works out nicely since i get to drive the M on the weekends or whenever i'm not busy
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      11-21-2012, 01:01 PM   #51
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I never hesitate to drive it, but I have a short commute and three kids, so we normally take the family cruiser (2012 Honda Odyssey). Only 6k miles on the clock after a year
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      11-21-2012, 01:23 PM   #52
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that's what i do. initially it was for mileage but other factors play into. i drive alot every week and i take my car to places that don't have optimal parking so i want to avoid door dings and other stupid people hitting my car. it works out nicely since i get to drive the M on the weekends or whenever i'm not busy
same here. drove 11k in the first 6 months. got a dd for work and now it sits in the garage for weekends.
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      11-21-2012, 02:15 PM   #53
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I'm sitting at 6500 miles after 18 months of ownership. Low mileage just kinda happens for me due to circumstances involved with owning this car In Philly. Do I wish I drove it more, HELL YES but I'm also not sad the mileage is low in order to keep peace of mind in reference to maintenance and slight possibility of resale.
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      11-21-2012, 02:20 PM   #54
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after reading this thread i think most are just concerned about the resale value..but for those that plan on keeping it, enjoy every mile out of it. I own an e46 m3 2003 with 127k miles, 6spd manual no sunroof no power seats no HK.

While, i am the third owner, i have yet to experience any problems with the car but i do have a warranty on it since its my DD at this time. I won't be selling this car as it will be a perfect track car at some point, therefore for me miles don't matter but practicality does. Car also does not eat any amount of oil (which is actually suspicious to me) because many e46 m3s do..With that being said, car pulls really strong, as if it was brand new. I keep it clean and shape even if it has this many miles.

on the e92s IMO it may even be a better/reliable motor than the s54. You don't need valve adjustments like s54s do and don't hear much about any problems at all. If a s54 motor has no problems i believe the e92 m3 motor (s65 i believe) will be A okay. however, if you do have a DCT tranny, you maybe worried about your miles
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      11-21-2012, 06:19 PM   #55
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I am not worried about anything, ever Seriously, this is MY car and plan on driving it into the ground, or the wall. 2011, almost 50k on the odometer, daily driven, year round through Chicago winters. Tracked excessively, and can't think of a better way to enjoy a depreciating asset.
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      11-21-2012, 06:40 PM   #56
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I'm with Klammer, I love my M3, and ring the cr*p out of it all the time!

2nd cars are worthless anyhow..............

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      11-21-2012, 06:51 PM   #57
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I am not worried about anything, ever Seriously, this is MY car and plan on driving it into the ground, or the wall. 2011, almost 50k on the odometer, daily driven, year round through Chicago winters. Tracked excessively, and can't think of a better way to enjoy a depreciating asset.


I think ALOT of people forget this.. lol
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      11-21-2012, 08:31 PM   #58
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What's the point of buying the car if you're not going to enjoy it. Life is short.
Yes...but what is enjoyment? Some people enjoy having their cars in pristine condition. Some people enjoy the special feeling of driving the M3 specifically because it is not their daily driver.

Like everything else, to me, it is about balance and moderation. I am one of those people who loves driving my M3 but want to keep it looking pristine as well. I have found a nice balance. It is not my DD and I don't deliberately drive it in bad weather, but I do drive it in nice weather for all sorts of varied purposes. 10000 miles in 17 months. Enough that it isn't a garage queen, but not so much that it doesn't feel special when I do drive it.
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      11-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #59
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I got a 2011 with 30k miles. Bought a 3rd vehicle to use as DD but i still continue to take my ///M to work everyday.
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      11-25-2012, 12:19 AM   #60
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Yes...but what is enjoyment? Some people enjoy having their cars in pristine condition. Some people enjoy the special feeling of driving the M3 specifically because it is not their daily driver.

Like everything else, to me, it is about balance and moderation. I am one of those people who loves driving my M3 but want to keep it looking pristine as well. I have found a nice balance. It is not my DD and I don't deliberately drive it in bad weather, but I do drive it in nice weather for all sorts of varied purposes. 10000 miles in 17 months. Enough that it isn't a garage queen, but not so much that it doesn't feel special when I do drive it.

I understand your other points, but you make it seem like if someone daily drive's their M3 it for some (odd) reason wouldn't be in pristine condition. It's possible, trust me. I've seen your posts, and I think YOU personally put a little too much emphasis on the M3.
Not a personal attack against you in anyway. Just pointing that out.
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      11-25-2012, 01:14 AM   #61
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Awesome thread idea!
yes i bought a GTI DD to keep the mileage low.. but mostly for the sake of warranty.
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      11-25-2012, 06:01 AM   #62
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I understand your other points, but you make it seem like if someone daily drive's their M3 it for some (odd) reason wouldn't be in pristine condition. It's possible, trust me. I've seen your posts, and I think YOU personally put a little too much emphasis on the M3.
Not a personal attack against you in anyway. Just pointing that out.
Well, I noticed that you live in Florida. I, on the other hand, live in New England. Driving your vehicle through winters where the roads are covered with the muck and grime of all the sand and salt will take its toll. Daily driving also means the inevitable door ding and/or curb rash. Sure, you can care for your car as much as is humanly possible, but you can't do anything about exposure to a harsh environment.

Also, I didn't mean to make it sound like I thought DD'ing your M3 is odd. Not in the least. It is perfectly usable and capable as a DD, however I personally did not buy it with that in mind.
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      11-25-2012, 06:33 AM   #63
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2011.5 at almost 40k here. I work from home too.
Wow!

Just passed 50K on a 2010. Never hesitate to drive it, but do wish I had less miles.
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historically bmw's and other german cars run excellent well into 6 digit miles .. so i see no reason to not drive the crap out of it if thats what you enjoy to do.. if u enjoy to rub it down in your garage and cover it for 6 months at a time then u can have fun doing that too..

I have tried the whole toy and daily driver and it fails miserably for me...
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Yes...but what is enjoyment? Some people enjoy having their cars in pristine condition. Some people enjoy the special feeling of driving the M3 specifically because it is not their daily driver.

Like everything else, to me, it is about balance and moderation. I am one of those people who loves driving my M3 but want to keep it looking pristine as well. I have found a nice balance. It is not my DD and I don't deliberately drive it in bad weather, but I do drive it in nice weather for all sorts of varied purposes. 10000 miles in 17 months. Enough that it isn't a garage queen, but not so much that it doesn't feel special when I do drive it.
+1000

I did not buy it as a DD (M3 was 3rd car), loved driving it on sunny days or taking her out to road trips...... My fav time of the year is to take it out on sunny cold Seattle winter days where my M3 would be the cleanest car on the road..... Those are the things that I enjoyed about my car..... Of course loved detailing it.

Re: Depreciation: I sold my car for almost what I paid for it new (Little over ED invoice). She was exactly 2.5 years old with only 5K miles..... My previous 335 had a very similar story as well.

Keep on beating and tracking your cars people, it makes the garage queens that much more attractive..... (just kidding)

Overall, people buy their cars for different purposes.......

To answer Op's question: Yes, I loved driving my M3, did not mind putting miles on it and LOVED the fact it was not my DD in Seattle traffic.
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      11-26-2012, 11:40 AM   #66
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Currently have 15K on my 2011.5 and bought it with only 1,700 miles in February. It it the sweetest car I have ever driven, I am in love with it, but I want to keep it "fresh"--stupid, I know.

Wondering if anyone else is anal about keeping their car "low mileage"..
When you figure out how to do one without the other pllease let us all know
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