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18-28 yrs old (Young and fancy free!) 462 31.45%
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45-55 yrs old (The kids are gone or going and 40 really is the new 30!) 119 8.10%
>55 yrs old (Wise and well aged! Enjoying the limelight of our lives!) 43 2.93%
Who cares..drive it like you stole it at any age! 54 3.68%
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      11-16-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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M3 Age and Occupation?

Recently was told by a fellow auto enthusiast that the M3 is a young guys car and a "racer" magnet and that it was not in the same class of older and more mature car enthusiasts own 4 door sedans or grown up sports cars like Corvette (which he owns along with a Honda V6 Accord).

Hmm...I think he's wrong but am interested in what current M3 owners in the US and around the world do and how old/young they may be. So chime in so I can make my friend buy me a beer and eat some of his words!

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Im 24 and an Asset Manager at a Commercial Real Estate Firm.

But I do have a racing simulator at home... So I suppose I am a young business man who loves Racing.
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Recently was told by a fellow auto enthusiast that the M3 is a young guys car and a "racer" magnet and that it was not in the same class of older and more mature car enthusiasts own 4 door sedans or grown up sports cars like Corvette....

There's a flip-side to this:

The Corvette and many other sports cars are also synonymous with Mid-Life Crisis. The M3 has never (and will never) be associated with that. Thank God
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If you don't mind, I'll go ahead and google that for you:

http://www.google.com/search?q=site%...t.com+age+poll
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I'm a 322 years old alien from Pluto (I'm very young there, some plutoans think coming to earth and buying m3 is my mid life crisis, oh well) , we drive something similar to m3 there but it was much faster 0-120 in 2 seconds. But what z hell
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If you don't mind, I'll go ahead and google that for you:

http://www.google.com/search?q=site%...t.com+age+poll
Thanks..wonder if that demographic still holds 2.5 yrs later and into the current M3 production run (mid cycle). Am amazed tho how many 18 and young 20 year olds can afford the car though. I mean we're talking $60-70k MSRP on a coupe and just a little less for a sedan. Man when I was that age I KNOW I may have wanted to spend that much on a car (I remember being in love with a black Audi A4 in 1998) but there was no way that was happening on income/budget/school/etc! LOL Nice to have overcome all that now tho! ~
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Thanks..wonder if that demographic still holds 2.5 yrs later and into the current M3 production run (mid cycle). Am amazed tho how many 18 and young 20 year olds can afford the car though. I mean we're talking $60-70k MSRP on a coupe and just a little less for a sedan. Man when I was that age I KNOW I may have wanted to spend that much on a car (I remember being in love with a black Audi A4 in 1998) but there was no way that was happening on income/budget/school/etc! LOL Nice to have overcome all that now tho! ~
LOL you really think those 18-20 year old kids are paying for the car themselves?? lol they have their parents buy it for them of course.
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LOL you really think those 18-20 year old kids are paying for the car themselves?? lol they have their parents buy it for them of course.
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when i turned 16 in high school, i thought i was so priveledged to to drive my dad's 15 year old toyota, while my best friend, same age at the time, got a brand new e36 M3 from his mommy. He said he didnt want the car but his mom bought the bimmer cuz of safety reasons....yeaaa right!!
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LOL you really think those 18-20 year old kids are paying for the car themselves?? lol they have their parents buy it for them of course.
Not always the case....bought myself a new Gallardo at 25 with my own cash, that I earned....
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Thanks..wonder if that demographic still holds 2.5 yrs later and into the current M3 production run (mid cycle).
If anything the average will have gotten younger due to used sales.

By and large, your friend was correct that the M3 demographic sways toward the younger set. However, I don't buy that crap about more mature people driving sedans and sports cars. It all depends on one's needs, irrespective of age. Also, you should remind your friend that the M3 is actually available as a sedan as well, though I suspect that the average age of sedan owners is indeed older than the average age of coupe owners. On the other hand, convertible owners might likely be the oldest (just my opinion).

I think your friend is just a smidge jealous of your versatile car, and/or he is a bit insecure in his choice of cars.
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There's a flip-side to this:

The Corvette and many other sports cars are also synonymous with Mid-Life Crisis. The M3 has never (and will never) be associated with that. Thank God
Sorry Kyoshi, most M3 drivers in my area are really "senior" and most seem far past the mid-life thing. I am 66.5 and have driven M cars for several years (since I could afford them!). However, I do recognize that we are not the typical owners. My wife and I own 5 BMWs (2 classics and 3 Ms). We track and autoX them.

I am retired Navy and we are retired business owners. Agree on Vetts...., I could afford one, but not the gold chains.

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Not always the case....bought myself a new Gallardo at 25 with my own cash, that I earned....
25 is NOT 18-20...
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I think 18-22 should have its own category, as generally speaking, no one in this age group can afford the car for themselves (probably mommy and daddy bought it). Anyone theroetically 22 and out of college could earn a living for themselves.
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lol, here we go again. But I like to read posts like this anyway .

I bought the M3s because my life is boring and I needed something to make my life less boring since I spend 2.5 hours to 4 hours per day (work, gym and go out) on the road so yeah, something like the M3 is the cure. I used to have 2 cars but then got rid of the other one since I only drive the M3.
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