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      12-12-2008, 08:01 PM   #45
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Loved my e46 M3 but do not miss it. My wife always complained of "riding in the stagecoach." And on the track the e92 M3 is so capable.
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      12-12-2008, 08:20 PM   #46
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I had 2 E46 M3s. E9x kills it in every way except exterior looks.
Agreed. I still look at the E46 M3's and admire how beautiful they are. Something about the wide-ness and perportions that the M division just got right. From a car design perspective, to me it's just about perfect. Instant classic. Wish I had the means to own both. I'd figure out how to hand the E46 on my wall.
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      12-12-2008, 08:26 PM   #47
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The E46 M3 was truly a great car, driven one for more then 5 years, now 3 months E92 M3.

Wat I don`t miss; the metallic rasp of the E46 M3

What I do miss; the fantasic interior, the E46 M3 interior ( the dash I mean) is just the best ever made on a car, also there was a overall amber lighting, far more better then the white lighting in the E92 M3.
I have to agree about the dash.
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      12-13-2008, 12:19 AM   #48
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That's why I'm going to keep the e46 m3, and buy a used e9x m3 in 2-3 years time.
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      12-13-2008, 01:31 AM   #49
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      12-13-2008, 01:53 AM   #50
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      12-13-2008, 09:19 AM   #51
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Now I'm getting all teary-eyed over the e46. Greg's photos really show how beautiful the e46 was (or more accurately, how un-beautiful the e92 is). MojorisinM3 and Romo hit on some of the things I didn't realize I missed, but there are so many.

Once again, though, the e90 was the right choice for me. I have to keep down to one car and the e90 is much better than the e46 as a daily driver. If didn't live on the road and had more than one car, I'd never have parted with the e46.

This is one of the best threads, I've followed for a while.
I don't know why a lot of people reckon the E46 looks better than the E92.
I love the looks of the E92. It makes the E46 looks outdated.
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      12-13-2008, 11:20 AM   #52
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I don't know why a lot of people reckon the E46 looks better than the E92.
I love the looks of the E92. It makes the E46 looks outdated.
The E92 is a nice looking car. However the E46 stood out more from the regular 3 series and had much more presence on the road.

Granted the E92 is more updated design, the E46 was simply better execution.
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      12-13-2008, 12:14 PM   #53
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I don't know why a lot of people reckon the E46 looks better than the E92.
I love the looks of the E92. It makes the E46 looks outdated.
Just because a new model is introduced doesn't make the previous model any less beautiful.
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      12-13-2008, 01:25 PM   #54
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The E92 is a nice looking car. However the E46 stood out more from the regular 3 series and had much more presence on the road.

Granted the E92 is more updated design, the E46 was simply better execution.
I agree -- the design of the E9x lacks a little. The E46 definitely stood out more. Can't miss the side vents.

I didn't buy the car for style though
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I agree -- the design of the E9x lacks a little. The E46 definitely stood out more. Can't miss the side vents.
The same things are different on the E92 M3 as the E46--front valance, side vents, wheel flares, wheels, quad pipes)--plus the CF roof. It stands our enough, IMO. It took me a long time to warm up to the fish mouth intake, though.
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      12-13-2008, 03:11 PM   #56
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I do miss the driver orientated cockpit though, the beautifull even scale in the speedometer and the amber lighting.

The E92 M3 interior( dash) is just a little bit boring compared to the E46 M3, still can`t get used to the different scale in the speedometer, looks weird, even after driving it fot over 3 months now, I do like symetrical systems, and that`s a no go here IMHO.

Now the diriver orientated cockpit was a realy outstanding BMW feature, never ever this had to be changed ( It is just so BMW, like it`s kidneys and doublle headlights, change that and they will kill the brand BMW IMHO) the sad thing is; Audi is playing copy cat and has them in there cars as we speak.
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      12-13-2008, 03:15 PM   #57
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Came from a e46 m3 and a e60 m5. currently still have the 2007 e60 m5.
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      12-13-2008, 06:01 PM   #58
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Had a love affair with a red head, 2002 Imola M3 SMG.
I was about to sleep with smurfette, only to find that it was an E46 M3. But, didn't go for it. The dealer was being an ass.
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One other thing about the E46 I miss, cinnamon! Looked so good on my old vert.

The E46 was just more of a classic design, more understated while still looking special, than the wild scoops and non-organic shapes on the E9x. Kind of like of design for F1 cars have evolved and grown all sorts of odd shapes and appendages (until next year). Those things are all there in the name of aerodynamic "progress" but the aesthetics keep getting worse. (Don't even get me started on the 09 cars...)

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      12-13-2008, 09:39 PM   #60
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^ your vert was clean, but congrats on the upgrade.
They are both really nice cars, IMO they both have their advantages and disadvantages.
One thing that I don't understand is that why the ///M emblem on the odometer of the E92 doesn't light up? Makes no sense at all...
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e46 is still a looker, better looking than the E92 in many ways especially the CSL. But the power, ride and luxury of the newer car has moved the game on.
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e46 is still a looker, better looking than the E92 in many ways especially the CSL. But the power, ride and luxury of the newer car has moved the game on.
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I have to agree about the dash.
+1 on the dash - absolutely loved it especially the instrument binacle and the steering wheel. Had an E46 more or less identical to Magpie21.
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I miss the looks, color and rasp of my 06 E46...but love the power and refinement of my E92. Really wish I could of kept them both, but the wife put her foot down cuz she didn't want to give up her XC90.

BTW...this is a great thread!
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Not being an ///M owner, I cant say much about being in the E46 M3, but the ZCP M3 was about the best looking exterior on any M car.


I love the current E92, but the fact that the new M3 is now offered in 4 doors is a big enhancement over the E46.
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