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View Poll Results: What's the most you've ever spent on a car (before mods)?
< $40,000 8 7.77%
$40k - $50k 10 9.71%
$50k - $60k 17 16.50%
$60k - $70k 17 16.50%
$70k - $80k 24 23.30%
$80k - $90k 9 8.74%
$90k - $100k 4 3.88%
$100k - $125k 7 6.80%
$125k - $150k 3 2.91%
$150k - $175k 0 0%
$175k - $200k 0 0%
$200k - $250k 0 0%
$250 - $350k 0 0%
$350 - $500k 0 0%
$500k+ 4 3.88%
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      12-06-2012, 01:13 PM   #1
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Question What's the most you've ever spent on a car (before mods)?

The M3 is a special beast. It definitely seems to hit the "sweet spot" for many between price and performance. For a lot of us here, it's a car we aspired to and may be one of the most expensive cars we'll ever own. For some, it's just another pony in the stable, or even their "beater".

Whether you buy new or used, vote in the poll, and let's hear what other cars you've owned that you felt were definitely worth the price of admission, and how they compare to the M3. Also, any cars you've owned that didn't prove to be worth the cost?

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Skyline R34, a hoot to drive. A little ricey for my tastes now and rough around the edges, but fun nonetheless. It was pricey overseas to have, so hard to compare with a M3 I guess.
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almost all of my cars were bought brand new, the only car that was bought used was my previous honda s2k. i had 2 infiniti g37, and the s2k before my m3, and to be honest, the s2k and my current m3 is definately worth my money, not so much the infiniti...
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i had 2 infiniti g37, and the s2k before my m3, and to be honest, the s2k and my current m3 is definately worth my money, not so much the infiniti...
Almost bought a G37 before getting my car. Glad I didn't "settle"!
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Almost bought a G37 before getting my car. Glad I didn't "settle"!
LOL you should atleast test drive the g37, especially the 6mt, the trans on that car is horrible...
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LOL you should atleast test drive the g37, especially the 6mt, the trans on that car is horrible...
I drove a 6MT sedan, just prior to driving an M3 for the first time (the car I ended up buying). The Infiniti was 3 years newer and definitely would have been the more practical purchase, but there is no comparison in feel, power, sound, etc. It was at first drive...
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I drove a 6MT sedan, just prior to driving an M3 for the first time (the car I ended up buying). The Infiniti was 3 years newer and definitely would have been the more practical purchase, but there is no comparison in feel, power, sound, etc. It was at first drive...
haha yea i had the 2010 automatic g37 at first but i couldnt live with an automatic, so i traded the car for a 2011 g37 6mt, but i wanted for power and the trans on that car sucked... so i got a m3! the best purchase i made so far...
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This M3 is by far the most I've spent on a car OTD. I think it's just the right cut off price point.
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i owned an e39 m5 before my e92 m3..both very slightly (2-4k miles) used, both cost low $60's...for me that's a good sweet spot between having an expensive car and having one that's worth more in terms of fun.
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By far this E92 M3 which was $73,673
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I guess the person who voted 500k+ the M3 would be their beater...
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I am in the $70-80k category with two cars, my M3 and my RS4 before that. My Cayenne was bought used with only 8600 miles on it for $67k, but new the price was $92k, so that is technically the most expensive vehicle I have owned before mods, however I didn't spend that much on it.

That aside, with regards to the sweet spot comment, here is something that I had written a short time ago and was going to post, but forgot......

It is Thanksgiving weekend, 2012, as I write this. I am up at our vacation home on the coast of Maine, having some complete relaxation. So…..I have just spent the better part of the last two hours reading a slew of reviews on the e9x M3. There is nothing but universal praise for this car. My 2011 M3 is my first M3, and my first BMW. Every time I drive it, I fall in love with it. After over 25 years in production, the M3 has an established heritage. It is also the benchmark of its class. I will even go so far as to say that for any driving enthusiast, it sits smack dead center in the sweet spot of car ownership, relative to ANY other car.

It looks are sportingly aggressive and yet not overtly flamboyant. It is a bodybuilder in a tuxedo. You can see all the muscles, but it isn't in your face. The ride/handling balance is absolute perfection. A million bucks could not buy better. The way the engine revs and sounds creates an almost narcotic-like addiction. You just want it and need it, more and more, and more. The steering is so perfectly dialed in. Super precise, and yet just a hint of muting for the street so as to not be in the least bit twitchy. The size is perfect. Large enough to feel solid and planted. Small enough to maintain agility. You can break it loose for some hooligan fun and yet it remains so controllable and predictable even when over the edge. When needed, you can utilize it as real transportation, and in the blink of an eye it can become a thrilling hot date. It also sits in the sweet spot of value. You simply will not find a better blend of performance, style, practicality, refinement and prestige at its price.

Ultimately, I will leave you all with this one idea to ponder over. If you try to reach out from the sweet spot in which the M3 sits, and try to obtain a car that is better in any one way, you will, with certainty, have to compromise on something else.

Everything considered, my friends, this is as good as it gets.
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500k+?? was that the guy with the 670-4 sv?
maybe paid for the the Frozen Grey with massive dealer markup.
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almost all of my cars were bought brand new, the only car that was bought used was my previous honda s2k. i had 2 infiniti g37, and the s2k before my m3, and to be honest, the s2k and my current m3 is definately worth my money, not so much the infiniti...
Agree on all you said specially about s2k and the M3
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Everything considered, my friends, this is as good as it gets.
Second that.
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Agree on all you said specially about s2k and the M3
yessir! i miss my s2k, i want another one...
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yessir! i miss my s2k, i want another one...
Man, we are both on the same page. I sold mine recently and miss it so much but at least I sold it for the same price I paid 2 years ago and put 25k miles on it.
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This M3 is by far the most I've spent on a car OTD. I think it's just the right cut off price point.
Ditto and I think I agree.
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Ditto and I think I agree.
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