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      04-11-2010, 08:51 AM   #1
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Waiting for my M . . .

I'm going a little nuts here.

When I was a teen, I was car obsessed. I remember going back and forth about whether I would rather have the Ferrari GTO, or the Testarossa.

When I went to college and medical school, however, my obsession dissipated in the face of all my work and studying. My car was a 90 HP 4D Saturn SL with power-nothing and a manual transmission that only I could drive around the hills of San Francisco, but I still would get a thrill with a perfectly matched downshift in a turn...

Then, while visiting my father in Florida during a break somewhere around 2000, we went to a BMW car dealer to check out the (then) new Mini Cooper that everybody was talking about. On a lark we went on a test ride in one of the prior M3 models. I specifically remember downshifting and punching it to get in front of another car. In my Saturn it would have needed quite a stomp on the gas, and likely turning off the air conditioner (which I called my "turbo button"). In the M, however, it pinned everyone's heads to the head rests and instantly cooked off the patina that had formed on my car obsession. After that I literally had dreams about shifting the M3.

Since then, the M3 has been a goal; I told myself when I could afford it I would get it. Now -about 10 years later- I am finishing my training and am finally at a point to buy one. To be sure I tested a Merc C63, and an Audi S5 (no 4 available), but there was no real competition.

A few weeks ago I put an order in for a 2011 Alpine White M3 coupe. I have been too busy at work to call my dealer constantly to find out when I will get it (fortunately for him). I have been e-mailing him, but he is not to prompt with his responses. On Friday, April 2, I got the simple response "It has been built, but not shipped."

AAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

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I'm going a little nuts here.

When I was a teen, I was car obsessed. I remember going back and forth about whether I would rather have the Ferrari GTO, or the Testarossa.

When I went to college and medical school, however, my obsession dissipated in the face of all my work and studying. My car was a 90 HP 4D Saturn SL with power-nothing and a manual transmission that only I could drive around the hills of San Francisco, but I still would get a thrill with a perfectly matched downshift in a turn...

Then, while visiting my father in Florida during a break somewhere around 2000, we went to a BMW car dealer to check out the (then) new Mini Cooper that everybody was talking about. On a lark we went on a test ride in one of the prior M3 models. I specifically remember downshifting and punching it to get in front of another car. In my Saturn it would have needed quite a stomp on the gas, and likely turning off the air conditioner (which I called my "turbo button"). In the M, however, it pinned everyone's heads to the head rests and instantly cooked off the patina that had formed on my car obsession. After that I literally had dreams about shifting the M3.

Since then, the M3 has been a goal; I told myself when I could afford it I would get it. Now -about 10 years later- I am finishing my training and am finally at a point to buy one. To be sure I tested a Merc C63, and an Audi S5 (no 4 available), but there was no real competition.

A few weeks ago I put an order in for a 2011 Alpine White M3 coupe. I have been too busy at work to call my dealer constantly to find out when I will get it (fortunately for him). I have been e-mailing him, but he is not to prompt with his responses. On Friday, April 2, I got the simple response "It has been built, but not shipped."

AAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

-s
As a medical student myself, I am very happy to hear of this story. I must say though that my love for cars has actually never dissipated, but only grown as I aged. I am really happy for you and I sincerely wish you enjoy it as much as possible in good health, and make sure you take it to the track.

Congratulations!!


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      04-11-2010, 04:59 PM   #3
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I'm currently further away from my M3 E93 than ever
I'm in first year of a seven year dutch law study (university level)... it's gonna take ages.

By the time I'll have the cash petrol engines will probably be long gone. The thought of that alone makes me so incredibly sad... you can't imagine.
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I'm currently further away from my M3 E93 than ever
I'm in first year of a seven year dutch law study (university level)... it's gonna take ages.

By the time I'll have the cash petrol engines will probably be long gone. The thought of that alone makes me so incredibly sad... you can't imagine.
Sorry man . II honestly feel for you. But just know that there will always be petrol-powered sports cars. They will become more and more rare, but they will be here throughout our lifetime. You WILL have a chance to own one I guarantee it.

Best of luck with the law study - mom's a lawyer so I know what you will go through!
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Hang in there DutchManticore.

I am finishing cardiac electrophysiology. That's 4 yrs med school, 3 years internal medicine, 3 years cardiology, 2 years electrophysiology. 8 years of call every 4th night and 80hr work weeks, making $30-50K. I am now in the 28th grade!

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Hang in there DutchManticore.

I am finishing cardiac electrophysiology. That's 4 yrs med school, 3 years internal medicine, 3 years cardiology, 2 years electrophysiology. 8 years of call every 4th night and 80hr work weeks, making $30-50K. I am now in the 28th grade!

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wow.. I hope you love what you do man.
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Hang in there DutchManticore.

I am finishing cardiac electrophysiology. That's 4 yrs med school, 3 years internal medicine, 3 years cardiology, 2 years electrophysiology. 8 years of call every 4th night and 80hr work weeks, making $30-50K. I am now in the 28th grade!

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Well I'll probably have 35 hour workweeks and I'll make around 80k EURO a year.. so around 100,000 dollars a year. But the problem is that everything is taxed a LOT higher here. Gasoline costs 9,40 dollars a gallon (it's due to taxes so it's got nothing to do with the crisis), and a fully loaded BMW M3 E93 costs 138.912,17 euro's (yeah I know that by heart.. that's how many times I've check out the BMW.nl configurator). So that's around 160k dollars.

It's just too damn expensive. But on the other hand.. if a lawyer / district attorney / judge can't pay for it then who will?! I'll just have to ride this out and see where it'll take me... but I'm seriously scared I'll never know what it feels like to buy a brand new high performance petrol powered car from a dealership

Gotta confess, I'm only 19 yrs old as I write this, but still.

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Just wanted to add that I'm absolutely and sincerely happy whenever I read about one of you guys getting yourself a BMW M3 but it somehow also strengthens the fear of not experiencing it myself one day.
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Hang in there DutchManticore.

I am finishing cardiac electrophysiology. That's 4 yrs med school, 3 years internal medicine, 3 years cardiology, 2 years electrophysiology. 8 years of call every 4th night and 80hr work weeks, making $30-50K. I am now in the 28th grade!

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Amazing - glad to hear of your success. I was always interested in the heart and internal is a possibility for me. We'll see - it's still early.

Make sure you post pics of the beast when you get it
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Hang in there DutchManticore.

I am finishing cardiac electrophysiology. That's 4 yrs med school, 3 years internal medicine, 3 years cardiology, 2 years electrophysiology. 8 years of call every 4th night and 80hr work weeks, making $30-50K. I am now in the 28th grade!

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Awesome fellowship! I'm taking cardiac physiology right now and I love it, we just learned about long Q-T syndrome. I'm seriously considering cardiology as a future career choice.
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      04-11-2010, 07:28 PM   #10
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Waited a long time for mine too. What is it about physicians and M3"s? sure helps me unwind on the drive home after a tough day in the OR.
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      04-11-2010, 07:34 PM   #11
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Good for you to have the patience to wait until the time is right. In this day and age of immediate gratification you don't see that often. You will enjoy it that much more!
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      04-11-2010, 08:41 PM   #12
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I am finishing my residency in Family Medicine and I have been dreaming about my first M3 since I was 14. I remember looking in the classified ads at the used M3s wishing for my first one. I cannot begin to count the number of times I have built an M3 on bmwusa or how many times I have changed my color combination. Congrats on finishing EP. My hat goes off to you. I will be ordering mine in November... (birthday gift).

... the only thing that may get me from my M3 is the CTS-V wagon!
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I am finishing my residency in Family Medicine and I have been dreaming about my first M3 since I was 14. I remember looking in the classified ads at the used M3s wishing for my first one. I cannot begin to count the number of times I have built an M3 on bmwusa or how many times I have changed my color combination. Congrats on finishing EP. My hat goes off to you. I will be ordering mine in November... (birthday gift).

... the only thing that may get me from my M3 is the CTS-V wagon!
No! lol even though that may or not be a better car, depending on who is the judge, getting that M3 you've always longed for will surely be more fulfilling than any other similar car!
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No! lol even though that may or not be a better car, depending on who is the judge, getting that M3 you've always longed for will surely be more fulfilling than any other similar car!
LOL! You sound just like my wife! In my heart I know I will end up with an M3.
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LOL! You sound just like my wife! In my heart I know I will end up with an M3.
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LOL j/k
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I am finishing cardiac electrophysiology. That's 4 yrs med school, 3 years internal medicine, 3 years cardiology, 2 years electrophysiology. 8 years of call every 4th night and 80hr work weeks, making $30-50K. I am now in the 28th grade!

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I feel your pain I am only early in my medical school training and it already feels like it has been too many years. BTW also have a 2011 M3 on the way and can't stop thinking about it.

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Congrats on the purchase bud.. enjoy the wait its something you will cherish.
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congrats! I feel your pain and am actually in the same boat. I'm about to graduate finally after 23yrs of education had questioned a thousand times if what I was doing is going to be worth it. but all it took was a test drive to answer that question.
I just got a job and am getting my 2011 M3 these days. I could barely take my foot off the pedal during M3 test drives so don't have any idea how I'll contain myself when I receive mine (maybe won't, at least during ED in germany)! by the way I have been dreaming about an s5 for 2 years but drove one last month and although the ext design and interior are both spectacular, it just didn't make me feel like a kid like the M3 did. so can't wait to fill with joy as the rest of you when I get her but I know the wait's going to kill me!!
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Waited a long time for mine too. What is it about physicians and M3"s? sure helps me unwind on the drive home after a tough day in the OR.
Just wait til ObamaCare kicks in.... All the docs will be trading and swapping leases on their M3s faster than you can say "Hyundai"
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My wait has been positively BRUTAL.

Luckily my car arrives at the port in 2 DAYS....now it will be even tougher because I don't know how long from port to dealer.
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