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      09-06-2011, 08:11 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by gblansten View Post
Since you came from a Z4 to a M3 recently your name was the first to come to mind.
Right on ... the Z4 was nice only the M3 is King

Once an M3 driver always an M3 driver you just cannot get any better in that price range ...
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      09-06-2011, 10:56 AM   #24
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As a few have said, I don't think making the switch is something you regret, regardless of what trans you go with.

However, by going to an ///M3 you will be taking on weight, and adding on the fact you are going to a vert, you will be taking on a good deal amount of weight.

As far as transmission selection: we all will give you an opinion but bottom line, the DCT is very involving, fast as hell, and by no means a NORMAL auto trans. I think people who drive it expecting a torque converter type of usability are seriously disappointed and annoyed and complain. Those who anticipate it like they would an MT and expect it to behave like one seem to be much happier with it. It definitely has personality, which I find to be VERY fulfilling.

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      09-06-2011, 12:18 PM   #25
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Without getting to a 6MT vs DCT debate, I can tell you that the Z4 and M3 are dramatically different rides.

Here are the positives:

Z4 is more nimble.
M3 is more powerful.
Z4 is lighter.
M3 has great grunt.
Z4 has more lower-end torque.
M3 revs higher than Zeus
Z4 is more fuel-efficient.
M3 has a backseat.

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      09-06-2011, 01:37 PM   #26
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      09-06-2011, 06:35 PM   #27
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Ditched my 6MT 550i for a DCT M3 coupe. Best decision I ever made. As to the drop top, got to drive around my brother's e93 with DCT over the weekend. Almost made me wish I opted for the vert. . . Almost.

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      09-06-2011, 09:43 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by Drjoeb View Post
Interesting, my Z4 also had the regular sound system, was ok did the job. The M3 has the perm; granted it does look nice and all. Yes it has more bass for sure and it's as loud as my first girlfriend; but I find the quality of the sound not very good. I've tried flat frequency, some eq, even the surround option with no real happy medium. Maybe in should have it checked out.
For me, I just hate how in the Z4, top down, on the freeway, music on max, it's not crisp and it's really...static-like

For that reason alone I dislike the regular sound in the Z4
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      09-07-2011, 12:14 AM   #29
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I would say to stay with the manual but to be fair give both a decent test drive.

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      09-16-2011, 07:44 PM   #30
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Finally got the car guys and I must say itís an unbelievable car, the Z was very nice but the M3 is something else, I love everything about it. I'll post pictures soon.
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