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      10-16-2017, 10:46 PM   #1
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E46 or e90/92?

I'm sure this has been done ad nauseam but I'll put it out there again... I'm having trouble deciding between the e46 and the e9x. I want the most bang for the buck, with the least amount of headaches. I might do 1 or 2 track days/ hpde's annually. No smg if i get an e46 but i don't mind the dct in the e9x. Not Gonna lie, i love straight line speed too, after all, it's what we get to use most. So let me know your thoughts, this car will be my dd.

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      10-17-2017, 07:18 AM   #2
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I'm sure this has been done ad nauseam but I'll put it out there again... I'm having trouble deciding between the e46 and the e9x. I want the most bang for the buck, with the least amount of headaches. I might do 1 or 2 track days/ hpde's annually. No smg if i get an e46 but i don't mind the dct in the e9x. Not Gonna lie, i love straight line speed too, after all, it's what we get to use most. So let me know your thoughts, this car will be my dd.

Thanks!
Drive both, get the one you like more. They're pretty remarkably different cars.

This topic pretty much just happened here:
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1424338

M3post is an e9X M3 forum, so expect answers to be biased that way here. If you go to M3forum, instead (e46 m3 forum), answers will be biased the other way.

If you want low headaches on the e46, you're going to be looking for one in the $25-35,000 range. Or you could get a cheaper one and spend a couple days locking down the wear items yourself. But a cheap one ignored will not be headache free, now that they're 10-15 years old.
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      12-29-2017, 11:11 PM   #3
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Ive owned both and i would say i like driving the e46 better. I also like more of a raw feeling car when i drive spiritedly. E90 was fun don't get me wrong. But at the end of the day e46 is my pick.
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      12-30-2017, 12:04 AM   #4
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I’ve owned both...obviously both great cars but really different. The E9X is leaps and bounds a better DD due to added tech and comfort. The E46 I had was strictly for weekend rides and it was perfect for that...don’t think I could have daily driven that.
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      12-30-2017, 01:20 AM   #5
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That's a hard call. I've had both also. E90 mostly stock and full track car e46. E46 is faster on track but weighs 600 lbs less and more developed.
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      12-30-2017, 10:48 PM   #6
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For 1-2 track days / yr, I'd go with E9x M3.
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I'm a former Z4M owner, current '09 E90 M3 6MT owner (shameless plug: it's currently for sale @22k miles), and have driven the E46 M3

If you're going to use the car as a daily-driver, I would recommend the E90 M3 hands down. It's more comfortable, faster, more refined, and has more tech amenities than the E46 M3.

The E46 M3 is more focused and "raw" but is an older car that may need more maintenance over time. But, if you're not driving it much, then it's probably a wash.

Both cars will hold their own on a track. I haven't tracked my M3, but have driven both E90 M3 and E46 M3 on back mountain roads and the handling was very impressive.

If BMW made an M3 with the E46 chassis and the E9X M3's V8, that would be the one to get! The S65 motor is a masterpiece.
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      01-01-2018, 09:03 AM   #8
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Thanks for the feedback and input fellas! i should mention that i ended up buying a nice clean e90 m3 in mid December. A few days later, i was offered a very nice e46 m3 by a close friend. honestly, i think my next move is to buy that e46 as well and see which one i prefer. I'll update this thread in a couple of weeks and let you guys know how things shake out.
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Congratulations on the new car! And I'd totally pick the E9x for DD and E46 for more spirited and track usage hands down.
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I'm sure this has been done ad nauseam but I'll put it out there again... I'm having trouble deciding between the e46 and the e9x. I want the most bang for the buck, with the least amount of headaches. I might do 1 or 2 track days/ hpde's annually. No smg if i get an e46 but i don't mind the dct in the e9x. Not Gonna lie, i love straight line speed too, after all, it's what we get to use most. So let me know your thoughts, this car will be my dd.

Thanks!
Make sure you drive the SMG if you haven't. I bought my m3 with full intention(and budget) to manual swap it but completely changed my mind after owning it


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Before I bought my E9x, I desperately looked for a clean E46. But after searching for 2 years without any luck (Toronto area) I gave up. A lot of them have raked up high mileage and pretty beat up without any Subframe reinforcement / VANOS failure prevention. A lot of them also had skipped Inspection II Service, so valve adjustments were due. The things that added up to have the car the way I wanted was just too much. I wasn't THAT attached to the E46 M3, so I ended up with a very clean E92 M3. SMG is cancer by the way, the shifts are terribly slow and the SMG pump is made out of recycled egg cartons just like the HPFP found in the N54.
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