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      11-23-2010, 02:42 AM   #1
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modded 335i to M3

OK, so i was looking at getting an X6 but the M3 is looking good. My stage 3++ 335i is in my opinion faster. What are the thoughts of you guys that have switched to an M3 from a modded 335?
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      11-23-2010, 03:04 AM   #2
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Coming from a 335, I love the M3 bits like the seats, gauges, steering wheel, and especially the way the suspension feels. Not gonna lie though. The torque isn't there for launching like a bat out of hell, but it's still no slouch. When you get past 4k RPM, the power comes on very nicely, but I'm sure you've read that in many reviews and other threads before. A big thing is I wasn't used to the power building all the way to redline, lol. Exhaust sounds a lot better as well It's a lot more expensive to get extra HP out of 'em, but you don't need many to have fun. I plan on just doing intake, exhaust, and tune for now.... we'll see.
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      11-23-2010, 03:19 AM   #3
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Coming from a 335, I love the M3 bits like the seats, gauges, steering wheel, and especially the way the suspension feels. Not gonna lie though. The torque isn't there for launching like a bat out of hell, but it's still no slouch. When you get past 4k RPM, the power comes on very nicely, but I'm sure you've read that in many reviews and other threads before. A big thing is I wasn't used to the power building all the way to redline, lol. Exhaust sounds a lot better as well It's a lot more expensive to get extra HP out of 'em, but you don't need many to have fun. I plan on just doing intake, exhaust, and tune for now.... we'll see.
The power lacking scares me. My car is full stage 3++ with LSD, sway bars and BBK. I do however LOVE the dual clutch tranny. If i go with a 335is its $60K and a loaded M3 is $70k. I am honestly having such a hard time deciding.
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      11-23-2010, 04:27 AM   #4
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Well if power is your concern, I believe you can get close to 400whp NA and 500+whp going FI on them but you better open your wallet.

The 335is and M3 are indeed a tossup. I guess the only way to find out is to test drive them both!
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Stg3++?

So you have aftermarket turbos? Dunno if I'd want to get a different car after sinking that much money into something.
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      11-23-2010, 11:50 AM   #6
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My 335 was not as modded as yours but I had a fair amount of time and $$$ in it. It felt a little faster (feel has a lot to do with immediate torque delivery) but if you enjoy driving, the M3 is a better package IMO. One drive and we were sold, took a few days to take the 335 back to semi-stock condition but no regrets. It is also the last NA and probably the only V8 we will see in an M3.....and the sound of the exhaust near redline.....mmmmm
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      11-23-2010, 12:44 PM   #7
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1 year later - no regrets.

The only car I'd be swapping it for would be the 1M Coupe, but only due to the weight issue. I have a feeling the M3 may still be a better car to drive.

But compared to the 335i - no contest.
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      11-23-2010, 12:46 PM   #8
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i was in the ame boat as you. took me a while to make up my mine. I've had my m3 for a few days now. I don't miss the 335 at all. This thing is a totally different beast. It just " feels" better. It's hard to explain. Nothing wrong with the 335, but this has been debated a 1000 times...
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I came from a semi-modded 335 to an M3 and after a week, not a teeny bit regret and the M3 is such a blast to drive.

Sure, low-end torque might not be as strong as the 335 but once you are past 4,000rpm, it screams and the V8 grunt is just pure sex, and yeah agree this might be one of the last M cars out there making it even more rare!
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      11-23-2010, 01:15 PM   #10
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why not save ur troubles n just buy an M3?? i dont get it..
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I also had 2 335 stage 3 one with dct tranny, i bought an M3 just because i was curios how a supercharged m3 felt like, so after 2000km i installed the kit.
It is a beast...
But i believe i would have missed the torque to much with a stock M3, as a daily driver the 335 was much stronger than a stock M3, and have a real nice torque kick,
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The power lacking scares me.
Drive it before making assumptions. It doesn't lack power, it just isn't delivered the same way as your 335.
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The M3 does everything better than the 335 with the exception of gas mileage.

I ran JB3 and DCI in my 335i. It was probably about as fast as my stock M in a straight line, but the driving experiences couldn't be any more different. The M feels much more solid. I don't know how they did it, but despite handling better it also rides a bit better. The M3 is a much more emotional car to drive - the sound of the engine is irreplaceable.

You really have to drive both to see which makes more sense, but I can tell you right now that if you only care about straight line acceleration or gas mileage, I'd say stick with a 335. Otherwise I'd give the M a close look.

Absolutely no regrets from me... except perhaps not getting the M3 to begin with.
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I'm coming from a nicely modded 135i (JB3 map7, DCI, Downpipes, KW v2 coilovers, etc... pushed close to 390rwp on 93octane) and I've tracked the car several times; it's a great fun car.

The M3 is not as fast in a straight line as a nicely modded N54 variant, but it's close enough. Take it to the twisties and on the track, and the story changes completely! The handling and transmission, the balance of suspension and the M diff in conjunction with the beautiful delivery of the power from the engine, is not gonna be matched by the 335 no matter how much you dump on it with bolt ons.

Both are great cars for what they were intended to do.
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why not save ur troubles n just buy an M3?? i dont get it..
hope this doesnt turn into a "my modded 335 is much faster than ur stock m3" kinda stupidity... you get an m3 because you believe in what it represents... if you just want fast then get the 335 and mod yourself into the m3 price range... i think this would make you happier.
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Based on the posts already in here, OP should have made his mind up already.
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Drive it before making assumptions. It doesn't lack power, it just isn't delivered the same way as your 335.
+1 ,this car surprises me at times, at how great it handles and how fast it can go , with no effort
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there must be a reason it carrys the M badge and your 335 is not. go test drive it.
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Drive it before making assumptions. It doesn't lack power, it just isn't delivered the same way as your 335.
thank you!
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The 335 feels fast....the M3 is deceivingly fast, it has an exotic car feel! If you are going to track the car get the m, if not get the 335.
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IMO people that are comparing the m3 to the 335 should drive mustangs, hemi's or 335's. It's not the same thing I don't care if the 335 is faster yes it can kill the m3 easily but it's a totally different experience.
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