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      09-08-2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I am relatively new to the M3 world. I purchased my M3 this past march and it was spur of the moment decision. One of my partners (at work) is a car nut, he has had about 5 different sports cars in the last 4 years, the most recent of which is the Nissan GTR. I had been talking about getting a new car for a few years (drove a corolla before the M3) and finally he got tired of talking about it and he took me to the dealership to test drive the M3. I drove two versions, a ZCP with DCT and a non-ZCP with 6MT. I liked the manual transmission better and a few days later purchased the car.

Since then I have been reading a lot about the M3, and reading everyones posts and I have some regrets. If I were to buy the car now with what I know I would have made some different choices. My current M3 is a non-EDC non-ZCP that has every other option (premium package, extended leather, upgraded audio, etc). It also has the upgraded 19" wheels and moonroof.

I use it primarily as my daily driver, back and forth to work. I have not tracked the car.

If I were to order the car today I would have gotten the ZCP package, and I would have gotten the carbon fiber roof instead of the moonroof (I like how it looks and I never open the moonroof). I like the extended leather, but I don't think the premium audio is worth it, and I never use the navigation system. I love driving the car and deep down inside I know that I wouldn't notice the difference if I were to order a new one.

I have seriously debated trading in the car for a new one special ordered to my likings, or just saving the money and buy the next iteration of the M3 when it comes out .... I am definitely hooked and I am an M guy through and through...

What do you think I should do?
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      09-08-2011, 04:23 PM   #2
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If you're always going to have that regret in the back of your mind and money isn't an issue go for it.

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Be happy with what you have. We tend to lose sight of things and always want what we can't/don't have.

I'd keep the car if I were you.
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Well if you're a heart doctor im guessing you can afford to take a bit of a hit and trade up ? If so i would order an e92 M3 now just the way you want it and keep it forever. Its an epic car and the last of the high reving V8 engine on the M3. I know I have mine just the way I want it and wont be getting rid of it.
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Hello all,

I am relatively new to the M3 world. I purchased my M3 this past march and it was spur of the moment decision. One of my partners (at work) is a car nut, he has had about 5 different sports cars in the last 4 years, the most recent of which is the Nissan GTR. I had been talking about getting a new car for a few years (drove a corolla before the M3) and finally he got tired of talking about it and he took me to the dealership to test drive the M3. I drove two versions, a ZCP with DCT and a non-ZCP with 6MT. I liked the manual transmission better and a few days later purchased the car.

Since then I have been reading a lot about the M3, and reading everyones posts and I have some regrets. If I were to buy the car now with what I know I would have made some different choices. My current M3 is a non-EDC non-ZCP that has every other option (premium package, extended leather, upgraded audio, etc). It also has the upgraded 19" wheels and moonroof.

I use it primarily as my daily driver, back and forth to work. I have not tracked the car.

If I were to order the car today I would have gotten the ZCP package, and I would have gotten the carbon fiber roof instead of the moonroof (I like how it looks and I never open the moonroof). I like the extended leather, but I don't think the premium audio is worth it, and I never use the navigation system. I love driving the car and deep down inside I know that I wouldn't notice the difference if I were to order a new one.

I have seriously debated trading in the car for a new one special ordered to my likings, or just saving the money and buy the next iteration of the M3 when it comes out .... I am definitely hooked and I am an M guy through and through...

What do you think I should do?
This is a tough decision. I have the ZCP package. While I mainly got it for the wheels, the EDC option came with it. To be honest, EDC is not worth trading your car. The differences in the settings are not worth the amount of money you will have to give up for it alone.

I have a moonroof also on my e92. I do use it every now and then. But there are days I wish I got the CF roof. However, my car is black which makes it a little bit easier to forget about the roof since CF doesn't really standout with black. On a white car, the CF roof gives it a very nice look. So on a white car, it's something you want to get.

From the list of options you want to change, it seems like the car will cost pretty much the same as your current car. If exchanging your car makes you happier, do it. You're gonna lose money, fact. Just decide if the exchange will make you happy. From your user name, it sounds like you're a doctor. You must have enough things occupying your mind. It can be a stressful job. So just exchange the car and be done with it. Since you have more than two things you want to change, it might be worth it.
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      09-08-2011, 04:44 PM   #5
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      09-08-2011, 04:57 PM   #6
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Wait for the F80?

Or get one of the last E9x M3's (NA engine FTW!) with individual custom exterior and interior color. That should make the switch feel worth it.
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      09-08-2011, 05:09 PM   #7
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You have expressed disdain towards your M3 in at least one other thread and I really think that it's going to eat at you and take away from the joy that these cars can bring.

Good luck!
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Hello all,

I am relatively new to the M3 world. I purchased my M3 this past march and it was spur of the moment decision. One of my partners (at work) is a car nut, he has had about 5 different sports cars in the last 4 years, the most recent of which is the Nissan GTR. I had been talking about getting a new car for a few years (drove a corolla before the M3) and finally he got tired of talking about it and he took me to the dealership to test drive the M3. I drove two versions, a ZCP with DCT and a non-ZCP with 6MT. I liked the manual transmission better and a few days later purchased the car.

Since then I have been reading a lot about the M3, and reading everyones posts and I have some regrets. If I were to buy the car now with what I know I would have made some different choices. My current M3 is a non-EDC non-ZCP that has every other option (premium package, extended leather, upgraded audio, etc). It also has the upgraded 19" wheels and moonroof.

I use it primarily as my daily driver, back and forth to work. I have not tracked the car.

If I were to order the car today I would have gotten the ZCP package, and I would have gotten the carbon fiber roof instead of the moonroof (I like how it looks and I never open the moonroof). I like the extended leather, but I don't think the premium audio is worth it, and I never use the navigation system. I love driving the car and deep down inside I know that I wouldn't notice the difference if I were to order a new one.

I have seriously debated trading in the car for a new one special ordered to my likings, or just saving the money and buy the next iteration of the M3 when it comes out .... I am definitely hooked and I am an M guy through and through...

What do you think I should do?
I think you should drive what you like, to this end my recommendation to you would be check if you can find the 2011 in the configuration you like, there are still quite a few 2011 at dealers out there. Then sell yours and get a plane ticket and pick up the car that you long for ... that is all short and sweet ... you be happy you did in the end since it will be your daily driver and you be thinking about it day in and out if you don't ... so as they say "Just Do It"

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      09-08-2011, 05:34 PM   #9
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What do you think I should do?
Well, only you can make that decision, but other than assuming money is not an issue, especially being a doctor and driving a Corolla prior (you can forgive yourself for a little 'boo-boo' ), AND that driving the latest and greatest is not your inclination (that's rare in your income bracket...and I applaud it ), here's how I'd approach it:

-What's the main reason you like driving your current M3? If it's the unique sound of the NA V8 engine, which WILL NO LONGER be available on an M3 (probably ever), I'd definitely splurge with a new one exactly the way you want. And yes, we all know it's not a financially justifiable transaction, but having tortured yourself with a Corolla when you could have driven a Ferrari, it's a justifiable move .

If you don't care about the engine characteristics, the truth is the new car will probably do everything else better. It should have a manual transmission (probably an improved one), about the same driving position and controls, at least equal driving dynamics, but definitely more power, and more torque and down low due to turbos. The problem is I'd definitely avoid buying the first year, especially under the current global economic conditions (tons of potential problems and recalls), so you're still looking at 2 years from now.

Bottom line, GET A NEW CAR NOW . Then in 2 to 3 years, after the new car is one year old, decide if you want to keep it or treat yourself to a new one (or some other car) after saving many more folks from eating too many Big Macs . Good luck with your decision, and keep us posted.
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      09-08-2011, 06:55 PM   #10
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Bottom line, GET A NEW CAR NOW. Then in 2 to 3 years, after the new car is one year old, decide if you want to keep it or treat yourself to a new one (or some other car) after saving many more folks from eating too many Big Macs
The rest of your comment seems valid, but I don't understand this math. If he gets a new car now, how can it only be one year old in 2 to 3 years?

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The rest of your comment seems valid, but I don't understand this math. If he gets a new car now, how can it only be one year old in 2 to 3 years?

"Let's do the time warp again..."
He's referring to buying the second year of the new generation of the M car.
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Thanks - I guess I didn't quite get the difference between "A new car" and THE new car". The demonstrative pronouns were getting confusing...to me.
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      09-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #13
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Since you came from a Corolla I'd test drive:

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And that's just week 1.

Why limit yourself to the M3?
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Hey, I think there's another heart doctor on this forum, I think his username is heart_MD or something.

Anyways, you have the income to decide what you want and to have it when you want. However being a doctor doesn't mean you like to lose money either. I was told I wasn't your "typical" doctor either when I was tooling around in my rusty 'ol Nissan Sentra.

I'll be flipping my (relatively new) 335i for an M3 before production ends, which I think is a total waste of money. But I also have regret about my 335i purchase, although it has been the perfect car to date.

And I love this generation M3. Especially with the ZCP wheels. And coincidentally I'll be getting mine without the navigation "bump" as well (even though almost everyone here has it or feels it's a must have on such a car). I would love to keep it for as long as it'll last. Thus, I'll make the switch because of that. If I was planning on trading it in for the new M3/M4, I'd wait. But I'm thinking of picking up the new M3 towards the end of its cycle to go along with the last V8. So it won't be a choice of "one or the other".
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Personally, I don't think you're missing anything not going the ZCP route...unless you like the mesh wheels better. I love the 220m's! I do feel you on the CF roof. I purposefully chose a non-EDC/ZCP myself. Maybe with a few tweaks you'd be totally satisfied with your current M3?
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Buy some aftermarket wheels and keep your car. As long it is not a DCT vs. 6 spd issue, it's a waste of time and money. Also, I couldn't figure out the years from the other posts, but the new M3 won't be around until 2014 at the earliest add another year to that and you're at least 3 model years from now.
Of flip the car and get a 997 C2S in the meantime. You may never come back to the M3!
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do what your HEART tells you to do............
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Declining reimbursement. Rising malpractice costs. Obama care. Medicare cuts. Sell your M and get a skateboard
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Yep ... True, very true .....

Should have stuck with the corolla!
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If I was you I would enjoy my car as it is. It is still an M3 and 1000000 times better then Corolla.

No need to trade it in and take a huge loss. Just wait for the new M3 it will out and here very soon. Then you can order yourself a custom built brand new M3. That would make more sense then taking a loss on your current M3.
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