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      03-24-2011, 07:56 PM   #45
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Did not really need the additional room and made the mistake of driving them back to back. After the M drive, the F10 felt like a small boat. A really nicely equipped boat, but a boat. It is a really nice car however and if I needed the back seat for ankle biters or needed a trunk for soccer stuff, I would have looked closer. It also seems a little plagued with normal freshman year gremlins and RFT woes.

In the end it was missing my E46, the killer lease terms on the verts and wanting to get into the last of the NA M's before they are a picture in somebody's coffee table book on cars years from now under "Great Cars Long Gone".
Totally understand. I figure in a couple year I might...dear god...might have to start looking for a four door car. I was split 50/50 on the 1M and M3. I loved the smaller body, light weight, and back to basic theme of the 1M. The M3 looks a bit better, but what really sold me though was the engine. That S65 is amazing...the 1M has a great engine no doubt, but it just can't compare, add on the fact that all future M's will be turbo...the decision was not very hard.
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      03-24-2011, 07:57 PM   #46
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I drove a heavily modded vert and it still didn't feel as quick and nimble as my coupe, which was stock at the time. Get the coupe with a moonroof, problem solved. The moonroof equipped car weight 40lbs more than the CF roofed car. That's 10 times less weight than the steel hard top and you get the best of both worlds.
You can definitely feel the extra weight but the E93 is still a very high performance car. The only reason to buy a vert is if you enjoy the top down experience. If that means nothing to you go for the extra 50 bucks per month and get the coupe.

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      03-24-2011, 08:45 PM   #47
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You can definitely feel the extra weight but the E93 is still a very high performance car. The only reason to buy a vert is if you enjoy the top down experience. If that means nothing to you go for the extra 50 bucks per month and get the coupe.

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As I always say, I get plenty of air with the windows just rolled down. Everyone is Florida is always telling me "you have to have a convertible"... I've just never liked the looks of a convertible (the weight as well).
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      03-25-2011, 12:33 AM   #48
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I too was very tempted to get a vert because of the monthly price but in the end, I always live by the motto "if your gonna spend the money then get what you want!". 70k+ is allot to spend on a car that you are unsure of and may leave you feeling regret. On my car I didnt skip on any of the options I wanted because like I said, if I am already going to be spending that much money then I am going to be sure that I get exactly what I want!

On the other hand though, I am sure that there are going to be nice sunny days where you drop that top and love the Vert. But other days where you see an E92 on the highway and then hate your vert.
I have never regretted getting the vert, and it's ludicrous to suggest that people would hate their vert when they see another E92. When I see another E92 (AW 90% time), I feel extra special about my vert. 2 M3 in 1, nothing beats that.
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      03-25-2011, 12:49 AM   #49
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I was in your shoes this past month.

It would save me almost $100 a month if I went with the 'vert. Since I am buying the car for weekend and to start autocross/track I did not want to compromise and also lose out on events that dont allow convertibles (plus the performance benefit of a coupe)

If I was not going to track/auto-cross I would have went with the convertible.
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      03-25-2011, 01:40 AM   #50
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I wouldn't care if the E93 was 10K cheaper than the E92, I'd still get the E92. Even when I had vehicles with sunroofs, I never opened the thing.
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      03-25-2011, 08:46 AM   #51
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i was in the very same dilemna last month - though the differece between the two models was about 80/month for me.

i would highly suggest you do what i did - forget about the price difference....now, which would you choose?

80/month was not enough of an increase/savings for me to be willing to drive something for the next 3 years that wasnt even the model i wanted.

i ended up getting the coupe, but maybe you will still decide on the vert....point is, absolutely do not let the price drive this decision for you - its about a tank of gas per month that you are talking about.
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      03-25-2011, 06:05 PM   #52
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With the current "deals" on the E93M, I am becoming quite compelled with regard to picking one up.

The problem is that I have never really cared for convertibles. I have never had one and have never really liked them when compared to coupes/sedans due to the extra weight and noise.

But...I really dont feel like paying for the coupe/sedan. They are ~$50 more per month. I don't usually track my cars, nor am I obsessed with times. I just like to drive something that is nice and fun.

The only other car on the table is a 335IS with DCT. I don't really want another 335i (hpfp problems) but there are quite literally no other cars I like.

Have any of you ever purchased a convertible and learned to love it? Or should I just wait it out and hope the lease rates on the coupe/sedan drop a little?

The way I want the cars set up...all I want are edc/sat/ipod/metallic paint.

btw - I can comfortably afford all cars mentioned, its just that having an $800+ car payment kind of disgusts me based on what I plan on using the car for (daily driver). My upper limit is $750.
Drove a M3 2009 new convertible (at the time I had a e46 M3 was thinking of changing). I did not like the feel of the convertible compared to my e46 coupe.

I recommend you hunt for a good M3 coupe, drive it then decide.
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      03-25-2011, 06:35 PM   #53
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Just went and drove an AW e93 and i did like it but... I could easily feel the weight in the tail end of the car with the top down. Ive already driven the e90 and e92 btw and they both feel fantastic.

When we got back to the lot, there was an AW e92 on the lot with the cf roof and i just knew i had to have it. No i didnt get it... But i will be ordering the e92 with edc, ipod, sirius and speed cloth (i am purist) from golfrrr.
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vert haters make me laugh

that being said, get what you want. the $ is irrelevant.

at least it should be....
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      03-25-2011, 06:38 PM   #55
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Just went and drove an AW e93 and i did like it but... I could easily feel the weight in the tail end of the car with the top down. Ive already driven the e90 and e92 btw and they both feel fantastic.

When we got back to the lot, there was an AW e92 on the lot with the cf roof and i just knew i had to have it. No i didnt get it... But i will be ordering the e92 with edc, ipod, sirius and speed cloth (i am purist) from golfrrr.
Good for you .... you will love it :-)
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      03-25-2011, 06:40 PM   #56
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vert haters make me laugh

that being said, get what you want. the $ is irrelevant.

at least it should be....
I did not hate it, just did not feel right
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      03-25-2011, 08:17 PM   #57
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Just went and drove an AW e93 and i did like it but... I could easily feel the weight in the tail end of the car with the top down. Ive already driven the e90 and e92 btw and they both feel fantastic.

When we got back to the lot, there was an AW e92 on the lot with the cf roof and i just knew i had to have it. No i didnt get it... But i will be ordering the e92 with edc, ipod, sirius and speed cloth (i am purist) from golfrrr.
Nice, that's the way to decide. Just go do it yourself. Purist, eh? Get no extras.... I half wish I could have two, a manual with absolutely nothing and a DCT with everything (the latter of which I have).
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Nice, that's the way to decide. Just go do it yourself. Purist, eh? Get no extras.... I half wish I could have two, a manual with absolutely nothing and a DCT with everything (the latter of which I have).
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If you buy your car versus rent it then this $50/month crap becomes entirely irrelevant. I'd buy what you want, pay cash, and save 10Gs...just saying k dude. ...also assumes you've taken care of that honey of a soon-to-be-wife of yours...take good care of her first.
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If you buy your car versus rent it then this $50/month crap becomes entirely irrelevant. I'd buy what you want, pay cash, and save 10Gs...just saying k dude. ...also assumes you've taken care of that honey of a soon-to-be-wife of yours...take good care of her first.
no, I dont buy cars anymore. I can just never cut a good enough deal in 3 years to not be upside. down. leases only now.
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no, I dont buy cars anymore. I can just never cut a good enough deal in 3 years to not be upside. down. leases only now.
That's my point....if you can save the cash to buy it then you won't worry about being upside down...let alone $50/month....I'll shut up now before the flaming begins.

Best of luck with the purchase and wedding dude.
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