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      10-21-2008, 02:01 PM   #1
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M3 Owners in France?

Wondering if there are any M3 owners in France, esp Paris, on the board?
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      10-21-2008, 03:03 PM   #2
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I think you better drive over to UK to meet us
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      10-21-2008, 03:23 PM   #3
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I live in Nonancourt,it's about 100km from Paris,getting my M3 E93 in december.
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Belgium isnt that far?
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We can have a meeting close to the French borderline...

Si vous organisez une 'rendez-vous' à Paris, j'essayerai de venir... ;-)
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      11-06-2008, 10:37 AM   #6
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      01-23-2009, 06:39 PM   #7
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Well I'm not French but live and work in Paris, does that count?

My E92 M3 will be delivered 3rd or 4th week of February!!!!!
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Definitely...sounds great. Very few M3's in Paris--I see dozens of Ferraris a day, but maybe one M3 every month (all coupes...not a single four door...my dealer says I've got the only one here they know of, since I gather they weren't selling the E90's here for 2008 at all!).

BTW, I found a great place to have the car washed (hand washed, with water, none of that sans eau stuff). Its in the 16th, near the Bois. Reasonable price, and good work.

PM on its way.
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Are there no forum members from Paris? I am in Paris right now but only here till Dec. 19. M is back in the States. Seriously though having an M3 here in Paris does not seem like a good idea haha. Unless you have a garage or enjoy traffic.
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Oh and I have not seen a single M3 in Paris yet.
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Are there no forum members from Paris? I am in Paris right now but only here till Dec. 19. M is back in the States. Seriously though having an M3 here in Paris does not seem like a good idea haha. Unless you have a garage or enjoy traffic.
There are 2-3 of us here.

I would say there are but a handful of M3s in Paris (all but one of them are E92 coupes). I've been told by an experienced BMW salesman here in Paris that M-cars became very unpopular some years ago (with the E39 M5 in particular) because they were favored by bank robbers, who in turn got them through car-jackings. According to him, a lot of M5 owners returned the cars to BMW because of security concerns. Since then they still have that stigma (I do see a few RS4/RS6 avants, and a decent number of AMG C63, E55, so I'm not 100 percent sure I buy his explanation).

Another factor working against the M3 is that it comes fairly fully kitted out and costs around 85,000-90,000 euros (or more if you add all options). Add in the high HP rating which makes for expensive insurance and with the thirsty engine gas bills are very expensive (even compared to rest of Europe). So I think the 911 is a more viable option (and also for the people who can afford the car here, it has more cachet). Ironically, since there are so few M3s, they get a lot of attention...whereas you can literally see 3-4 911s in a row stuck at a traffic light. You can't go a day in Paris without seeing a Ferrari or other Italian exotic, or Astons...not to mention Maseratis (esp quattroporte).

As far as having one here...definitely need a secure garage for parking...not only for security but to keep the car from getting gouged by the PBT (parking by touch) Parisian approach. Theft of the car is pretty rare (knock on wood) because of the GPS tracker, the ignotion code/immobilizer...but theft from cars is very common (like in NYC, LA etc). I recommend that people get the "glastint" anti-theft film...which makes it hard(er) to break side windows for vandalism.

I rarely drive inside Paris anyway since parking and traffic are so bad (same way that I did not drive in Manhattan when I lived there), so its mainly for driving out of Paris. For that French roads (whether autoroutes or the smaller national roads) are very good. The autoroutes especially are better maintained than almost any other road network I have driven on. I have put more miles on my car here than I did in the States because it is much easier to drive on weekend trips (speed limit is around 82mph too) and there is much less traffic on the autoroutes (tolls worth paying to keep the # of cars down, IMHO). Within a 4 hour radius of Paris it is amazing how much there is to see and do...and for longer trips, 6-8 hours, you can be in Italy/Spain etc quite easily.

Lots of nice circuits/tracks here too if that is of interest.
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      10-05-2009, 05:20 PM   #12
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There are 2-3 of us here.

I would say there are but a handful of M3s in Paris (all but one of them are E92 coupes). I've been told by an experienced BMW salesman here in Paris that M-cars became very unpopular some years ago (with the E39 M5 in particular) because they were favored by bank robbers, who in turn got them through car-jackings. According to him, a lot of M5 owners returned the cars to BMW because of security concerns. Since then they still have that stigma (I do see a few RS4/RS6 avants, and a decent number of AMG C63, E55, so I'm not 100 percent sure I buy his explanation).

Another factor working against the M3 is that it comes fairly fully kitted out and costs around 85,000-90,000 euros (or more if you add all options). Add in the high HP rating which makes for expensive insurance and with the thirsty engine gas bills are very expensive (even compared to rest of Europe). So I think the 911 is a more viable option (and also for the people who can afford the car here, it has more cachet). Ironically, since there are so few M3s, they get a lot of attention...whereas you can literally see 3-4 911s in a row stuck at a traffic light. You can't go a day in Paris without seeing a Ferrari or other Italian exotic, or Astons...not to mention Maseratis (esp quattroporte).

As far as having one here...definitely need a secure garage for parking...not only for security but to keep the car from getting gouged by the PBT (parking by touch) Parisian approach. Theft of the car is pretty rare (knock on wood) because of the GPS tracker, the ignotion code/immobilizer...but theft from cars is very common (like in NYC, LA etc). I recommend that people get the "glastint" anti-theft film...which makes it hard(er) to break side windows for vandalism.

I rarely drive inside Paris anyway since parking and traffic are so bad (same way that I did not drive in Manhattan when I lived there), so its mainly for driving out of Paris. For that French roads (whether autoroutes or the smaller national roads) are very good. The autoroutes especially are better maintained than almost any other road network I have driven on. I have put more miles on my car here than I did in the States because it is much easier to drive on weekend trips (speed limit is around 82mph too) and there is much less traffic on the autoroutes (tolls worth paying to keep the # of cars down, IMHO). Within a 4 hour radius of Paris it is amazing how much there is to see and do...and for longer trips, 6-8 hours, you can be in Italy/Spain etc quite easily.

Lots of nice circuits/tracks here too if that is of interest.
You are right about the maserati being a popular car here I see them all over Champs Ulysses. Do you have a bike here in Paris also with your M? I feel like the metro system here is a great way of saving money each month. Especially for me a Californian who spends about $50 a week on gas... (much cheaper than here of course).

I would love to own a Merc though here in Paris simply because of the traffic and to just sit in a smooth ride. I def. agree with you that the M3 is the perfect choice to drive around in outside of Paris.

I'll keep an eye out for an M3 and be sure to report back here haha with who i may have seen.
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      10-21-2009, 08:01 PM   #13
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...there is another e90 in Alsace: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=307923
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Finally SPOTTED an Interlagos Blue M3... Saw him gas it past some slow cars haha. I got a kick out of it. It was near the Liberty torch at night.

Wonder if he is here on the board...
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      08-19-2012, 07:39 AM   #15
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Definitely...sounds great. Very few M3's in Paris--I see dozens of Ferraris a day, but maybe one M3 every month (all coupes...not a single four door...my dealer says I've got the only one here they know of, since I gather they weren't selling the E90's here for 2008 at all!).

BTW, I found a great place to have the car washed (hand washed, with water, none of that sans eau stuff). Its in the 16th, near the Bois. Reasonable price, and good work.

PM on its way.
Hey man could you send me the details of this car wash, thanks
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Hey guys,

Any M3 owners still around in Paris???
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I'm still here!
Don't know of any others that are.

The car wash in the 16th is Les Compagnons du Lavage at 136 boulevard Suchet. They also had a location at Ecole Militaire in the 7th, which changed owners and is called something else now (the new name escapes me). I usually go there and they do a great job.
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I'm still here!
Don't know of any others that are.

The car wash in the 16th is Les Compagnons du Lavage at 136 boulevard Suchet. They also had a location at Ecole Militaire in the 7th, which changed owners and is called something else now (the new name escapes me). I usually go there and they do a great job.
Hello mate....nice to hear from a fellow member

Are you going to the 7th location then, we could meet up around the area im not far from there maybe catch a drink
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Hello mate....nice to hear from a fellow member

Are you going to the 7th location then, we could meet up around the area im not far from there maybe catch a drink
Sure. I live very near there. PM me and we'll set something up.
Did you move to Paris??
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Sure. I live very near there. PM me and we'll set something up.
Did you move to Paris??
Check your PM!


Any other Parisian M3 owners, I reckon they're all on vacation???
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good morning everybody
I am of France, j 'habite any pres of circuit of magny lesson.
to us the majority of people n 'aiment not the powerful cars
quelqu 'un can it say to me or I can presenter my m3 e92??
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good morning everybody
I am of France, j 'habite any pres of circuit of magny lesson.
to us the majority of people n 'aiment not the powerful cars
quelqu 'un can it say to me or I can presenter my m3 e92??
welcome to the board , where abouts are you based in france?
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