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      03-18-2009, 02:35 AM   #23
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      03-18-2009, 03:03 AM   #24
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      03-18-2009, 05:42 AM   #25
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It looks better, feels better, sounds better, smells better.....what more reason do you need?
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      03-18-2009, 05:46 AM   #26
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Every part that makes up the M3 is more securely fitted - including the dash mounts, seats, door trim, etc. Every cabin part felt far more solid and made a nice thud over road bumps.
You're not serious are you? While the underpinnings / mechanical stuff are ///M exclusive, the fasteners you are referring to are not.
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      03-18-2009, 07:22 AM   #27
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The M3 is better in every way. Buy it and you will understand. The 335 drivers that think their car is "almost" an M3 are just kidding themselves....

You know that old saying... "ignorance is bliss".
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      03-18-2009, 07:50 AM   #28
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Either you "need it" or not. You can go to the BMW site and lay them out side-by-side with the equipment that you like.

We're not here to diss the 335, which is a great car, suited to more people than the M3. The M3 is rawer, noisier, but more fun to drive for many of us. It's a complete high performance car that you can take to the track as is.

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My sentiments. I owned a 335 and loved it. Day to day it is a great car, but when pushed to the limits the M really shines. And it performs very well on the track with zero mods. The only drawback to the M is that the gas mileage is 25% less.
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Just the fact that you can customize every ride in that car based on your mood and behaviour sold me!
I came from a e46, test drove a 335 with a dinan chip (and some other dinan mods) at the dealership.. i waited another year or so before the e9x m3 was out I say this on everyones behalf on this forum, well ok 99.9% driving this car .. very satisfying infact pleasurable!
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      03-18-2009, 09:54 AM   #30
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      03-18-2009, 10:05 AM   #31
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I traded my 07 E92 335 after a year of use. It is a great car. You can tune it cheaper and it can even be faster than an M3. But it is still not an M3. It is usually the WANT and NEED and most of the time (in my case), I want an M3 even though I don't need it. The same with those VISA or MasterCard commercial, the feeling is priceless.

Test drive one and see and hear for yourself. The moment I heard the engine roar when my CA started the engine, I was already half sold. Then of course the test drive was the finishing touches.
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      03-18-2009, 10:14 AM   #32
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oh and..... its a common effect... everytime you drive it .. it does put a smile on your face!
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      03-18-2009, 10:35 AM   #33
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You're not serious are you? While the underpinnings / mechanical stuff are ///M exclusive, the fasteners you are referring to are not.
You better go do your homework.
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      03-18-2009, 11:17 AM   #34
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Hi guys, I have a 335 coupe for 2 years and I'm really happy with this car desing, comfort, power ... everything is there. But you see, I am unable to resist M3 when I see one. What are the reasons that should help me decide ... please no stupid answers.
#1, can you afford an M3? If not, then stop right now because nothing anyone can say will change that fact.

If you can afford it, then every aspect of the car is better than a 335 with one exception...gas mileage.

Start with interior, the leather is a much better grade. Knobs, buttons and stitching are higher quality.

Engine, this is the weak area. The M3 engine is clearly an engineering marvel but from a practical perspective it's only marginally better than the 335 engine. From a reliability perspective I believe that the M3 engine will run longer and with less trouble but time will answer this.

Handling, the M3 offers suspension, throttle, steering and DSC options, better tires, better suspension geometry, reinforced suspension geometry for increased durability, better brakes (but still not good enough if you drive the car closer to it's limits).

Body, the M3 offers a distinctly different look that you can decide yourself if you like better.

Sound, the M3 offers higher quality audio as well as better exhaust sound. Of course this too is subjective but evaluate it.

Performance, the M3 offers faster engine response, quicker turn in and better braking. It will feel more lively and more stable and faster speeds. It will get you to 60 faster, through a slalom faster and around a track faster.

If you can afford an M3 then you should be comparing the M3 to the C63, CTS-V and IS-F. Don't compare an M3 to a 335 because they are not competitors. With the exception of gas mileage, it's really a question of if you feel it's worth the money to step up to a better car? Evaluate the better cars and then decide.
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      03-18-2009, 12:08 PM   #35
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great responses, LMAO !!!

I have to say, in agreement with someone above, the first time going through the gears during my test drive, I did have a huge smile and my sales guy was counting his commission right there lol.
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      03-18-2009, 12:10 PM   #36
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I traded my 335 coupe in back in February, no regrets on getting my M. Had the same questions of is it worth it, trust me it is. I dropped my wife's X3 off for service last week, and they just got done prepping my 335i for the certified pre owned program, next to my M, it looked like a turd.....
Curious, did you have to come up with quite a bit of cash to complete the deal?
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      03-18-2009, 12:32 PM   #37
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stick with the 335...i''m having trouble holding onto my license.
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      03-18-2009, 06:34 PM   #38
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Curious, did you have to come up with quite a bit of cash to complete the deal?
No, just standard lease tax title, & fees. They hit me a little on my lease, since I did end it a few months early, but nothing crazy....
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      03-18-2009, 08:26 PM   #39
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#1, can you afford an M3? If not, then stop right now because nothing anyone can say will change that fact.

If you can afford it, then every aspect of the car is better than a 335 with one exception...gas mileage.

Start with interior, the leather is a much better grade. Knobs, buttons and stitching are higher quality.

Engine, this is the weak area. The M3 engine is clearly an engineering marvel but from a practical perspective it's only marginally better than the 335 engine. From a reliability perspective I believe that the M3 engine will run longer and with less trouble but time will answer this.

Handling, the M3 offers suspension, throttle, steering and DSC options, better tires, better suspension geometry, reinforced suspension geometry for increased durability, better brakes (but still not good enough if you drive the car closer to it's limits).

Body, the M3 offers a distinctly different look that you can decide yourself if you like better.

Sound, the M3 offers higher quality audio as well as better exhaust sound. Of course this too is subjective but evaluate it.

Performance, the M3 offers faster engine response, quicker turn in and better braking. It will feel more lively and more stable and faster speeds. It will get you to 60 faster, through a slalom faster and around a track faster.

If you can afford an M3 then you should be comparing the M3 to the C63, CTS-V and IS-F. Don't compare an M3 to a 335 because they are not competitors. With the exception of gas mileage, it's really a question of if you feel it's worth the money to step up to a better car? Evaluate the better cars and then decide.
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I 2nd everything jm1234 says, except the gas mileage comment; I expected worse and I for one am satisfied with the 19-20mpg I get (given the car's performance; it's like driving on rails)
However, if you want to save some $$$, then buy an M3 via ED and get the -7% off US Invoice, plus whatever markup you get negotiate with your dealer. Or just use one of the forum sponsor CAs
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      03-19-2009, 12:39 AM   #40
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Just do yourself a favor and test drive the V8 and you will no longer have a dilemma.
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