BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > M3 (E90 / E92 / E93) > General M3 Forum (E90 + E92 + E93)
Strasse Wheels
Post Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      09-16-2011, 01:43 PM   #23
Second Lieutenant

Drives: 2008 E92 M3 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Orange County

Posts: 212
iTrader: (0)

Before I purchased my e92 I test drove an e90. I could not stand the b pillar. I felt it was restricting my peripheral vision. Sounds stupid but that was my impression at the time.

Anybody else notice? Btw I was coming from e46 m3 so I was used to a coupe I guess.
RPI GT Race Exhaust ~ RPI Scoops ~ BMC Air Filter ~ 19" BBS LM DBK ~ JL Motoring VRS Front Lip ~ Vorsteiner Diffuser Type I ~ KW Clubsports

My RPI GT Race Dyno vs. Stock:
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 01:43 PM   #24
Brigadier General

Greeney's Avatar
Drives: Jerez E90 M3
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Westchester, NY / Fort Lauderdale, FL

Posts: 3,809
iTrader: (4)

Send a message via AIM to Greeney Send a message via MSN to Greeney Send a message via Skype™ to Greeney
Originally Posted by AwesomeBMW2 View Post
Most can't tell a real difference. However, with that said, every person who's had an E92 or driven one says that my E90 feels a little tighter in hard corners on back roads.

I've said this before, and also read it before. But you really, really have to even know what you're looking for to even notice a difference.

So for every day purposes, no, you probably won't notice anything different, unless you're really gettin' on it.
Oddly enough I would agree 100%, thats what I felt going from E92 to E90... Could be a placebo effect though
11' E90 M3 6MT | Jerez Black | Black Ext./Carbon | ZCP | ZCW | ZPP | ZTP | 302 | 403 | 507 | 5AC | 655 | 6FL | 752 |
15' F80 M3 6MT | Black Saphire | Black Full | ZEC | ZLP | 2VF | 2VZ | 5DL | 688 |
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 01:51 PM   #25

Drives: 328i, 335i, M3, 535i, X5, 36M
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: OC

Posts: 2,627
iTrader: (3)

Garage List
2014 Ford Raptor  [0.00]
2012 328i E92  [5.00]
2013 X5  [0.00]
2013 335i F30  [4.00]
1990 Toyota Previa  [0.00]
1997 E36 M3  [5.00]
2011 E92 M3  [0.00]
2011 535i  [0.00]
Originally Posted by jimmyeatsworld View Post
Before I purchased my e92 I test drove an e90. I could not stand the b pillar. I felt it was restricting my peripheral vision. Sounds stupid but that was my impression at the time.

Anybody else notice? Btw I was coming from e46 m3 so I was used to a coupe I guess.
yea, my 335i is a e90 and i have long legs so i have to push the seat all the way back, well, to sit comfortably, that is...the downside is when i look left to check my blind, i get nothing but pillar..even on my 535 i get this issue too but not nearly as bad as the 335 since it is a longer car...the e92 pillar being farther back is very luxurious.
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 02:19 PM   #26
Low Pro...

Drives: 2011 E90 AW
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Arizona

Posts: 976
iTrader: (0)

I've driven both and could not tell the diff... besides the fact that I had to get off the car to let a buddy of mine get in the back.
E90 is an awesome DD, especially if you have a family.
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 02:43 PM   #27
BimmerPost Supporting Vendor

Alex@Autocouture's Avatar
Drives: E30 M3, E92 Frozen GTS
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Ny

Posts: 3,621
iTrader: (9)

Garage List
2011.75 E90 BMW M3  [3.83]
2011 bmw/ m3  [0.00]
also with the e90 you can put fixed back seats in and still get people easily in the back
AUTOcouture Motoring | 15-01 Pollitt Drive St. 6, Fair Lawn NJ 07410
201.666.3500 |
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 02:46 PM   #28

Drives: 2011 E90 M3 - AW/FR
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Orange County, CA

Posts: 835
iTrader: (0)

I have and love my E90. Agree on the B pillar, and I'm not tall (only 5'10"). It does create a bit of a blind spot at first, but you can adjust your mirror accordingly. I love having 4 doors, and I perfer the look of the E90 to the E92. If I had the opportunity, I'd get an E90 and E92, one in 6MT, one DCT. But alas, I have just one (E90 6MT).

The h point on the sedan is a bit higher, and headroom is less, especially with a sunroof. So if you're going to track it, take a helmet with you and see if you have enough clearance in the E90. Otherwise, once behind the wheel, you quickly forget you have two doors back there.
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 03:22 PM   #29
First Lieutenant

bruza's Avatar
Drives: '11 E90 M3 + '06 Volvo S60 R
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bellingham, WA

Posts: 333
iTrader: (0)

I've test driven two coupes (MT and DCT) and put an order in on a sedan with no test drives.

My first time driving a sedan will be as I leave the Munich Factory in November.

Good to hear the performance difference is minimal b/w the two.
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 03:24 PM   #30
2014 Track Days - 11|Ridge 1:52:24|Pacific 1:35:72

1MOREMOD's Avatar
Drives: Race car->
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: check your mirrors

Posts: 12,646
iTrader: (5)

I second the comment about having one of each and a DCT and 6MT. That being said I like the looks of the sedan far better. Headroom is an issue at the track. Once I have my helmet on I can't sit in the position I would like because of room and am forced to recline slightly.

02 Tiag e46 M3|6MT|GC plates|MCS c.o.|GC bars|GC race control arms|GC bushings|BW eng. & tran. mounts|subframe kit|BW race shifter|BW Jaffster|Euro header|BW exhaust|K&N c.a.i.|Epic race tune|Rouge pulleys|Seibon CF hood|CSL bumper|ST-40|XR-2|SS lines|half cage|Recaro profi|Profi 2 harness|BMWpedals|BW studs|
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 04:00 PM   #31

Prince_of_Persia's Avatar
Drives: 6MT E92 M3
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC

Posts: 2,387
iTrader: (1)

No performance different, e92 looks way hotter imo.

AW|FR 6MT E92 ///M3
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 04:05 PM   #32

davem3fan's Avatar
Drives: 2013 E70 X5d Swiss Army Knife
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Philly Metro

Posts: 580
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
I've driven both, but only owned the sedan. (an '08 and now a 2011)
I significantly prefer the look of the sedan's proportions.

I can see no fact-based reason to give up the practicality inherent to the 4 door.
As a parent, I had no real choice anyway.

In fact, the too-long doors, frameless windows and fiddly seatbelt assistant are really annoying to me.
Dave Flogaus CCA #123862
Instructor, BMW Club Racer & Nürburgring Specialist
95 E34 M5 3.8 Daytona Violet
98 E36 M3/4 White IS #244
14 F31 M Sport Touring, 13 E70 X5d
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 04:17 PM   #33
Lieutenant General

positiveions's Avatar
Drives: 09 MKV JETTA 2.5 & E90 M3 :)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: La Verne, CA

Posts: 10,520
iTrader: (1)

Send a message via MSN to positiveions Send a message via Yahoo to positiveions
either one is missing a driver and an owner; and that is you
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 04:22 PM   #34

MonteCarloM3's Avatar
Drives: a shitty M3
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Uranus

Posts: 577
iTrader: (0)

Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 04:46 PM   #35
Mr. ///M3 RD
Major General

Mr. ///M3 RD's Avatar
Drives: E350 & 280 SL on Weekends :)
Join Date: May 2010
Location: GTA, Ontario - Canada

Posts: 7,863
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Performance wise (as many others stated) I see no difference. Pick the one you feel is right for you and that will fill your daily needs.

For example as you know if it will be your daily driver and you have a family then the sedan is the answer. If it is your second car and your toy then get the coupe.
Cheers, Rolf-Dieter

Life will take us to some interesting places, fortunately The ///M3 will too with a many of us know this very well
---> Click here for some good stuff I found
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 07:04 PM   #36
Mr C

Mr C's Avatar
Drives: E92 Dakar and E90 AW
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: SoCal

Posts: 754
iTrader: (0)

I have BOTH, and there is not a HUGE difference between the two. Although, the driving dynamics are different, probably because my coupe is a 6MT and the Sedan is an M-DCT.
Attached Images
2011 E90 M3 Alpine White M-DCT
2011 E92 M3 Individual Dakar 6MT
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 07:15 PM   #37

Drives: M3 Coupe
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: California

Posts: 862
iTrader: (4)

Originally Posted by ottoblotto View Post
Ahh sedan noob... Crack the back windows a bit, takes care of the "in the face" airflow...
That also lets in a lot more wind noise.
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 07:27 PM   #38
Brigadier General

gthal's Avatar
Drives: 2015 M4
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Canada

Posts: 3,350
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
2011 M3  [3.37]
Get what you like better and don't worry about any performance difference because it is irrelevant if there at all.

I actually like the sedan except for the hideous bug eye tail lights . If the sedan's rear end looked as nice as the coupe's I would be inclined to own one but that is completely personal preference.
2015 M4 | Austin Yellow | Black Full Merino Leather | DCT
2014 Corvette Stingray | Z51 | Torch Red | 7MT - Sold
2012 MB C63 Coupe | Performance package | Obsidian Black - Sold
2011 E92 M3 | Jerez Black | Fox Red | DCT | Competition Package - Sold
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 07:43 PM   #39
James T. Kirk
Captain of the Enterprise

James T. Kirk's Avatar
Drives: 2011 1 Series M Coupe
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Alpha Quadrant, Sector 001

Posts: 1,425
iTrader: (0)

Coupe owners refer to their beauty.
Sedan owners refer to proportions and functionality.

With performance almost the same, sedans have more to offer.

2011 1 Series M Coupe VO M3 vs 1M Comparo Review
2011 M3 E90 DCT ZCP (sold) * 2010 335i Sedan (sold)
2005 M3 Convertible (sold) * 2003 325i Sedan (sold)
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 07:47 PM   #40

Drives: 2009 e90 AW/BB lotsa Dinan
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: new jersey

Posts: 447
iTrader: (0)

Blind spot?! NO!!!

Guys- there is no blind spot because you should NOT look to the side before change of lane. Side view mirrors should be splayed out so there is no blind spot. You do not need to see your door handles or the air space anywhere near it in your side view mirrors as anything that is anywhere near the size of a car will be quite visible to the outside edge of the space not covered by the mirrors when in the recommended position. Of course anything to the inside of the uncovered area would be inside of your car!

This was in Car and Driver about a year ago- it DID feel weird at first and I had to reassure myself of the logic and now I never have to turn my head. You can test this by turning the mirror out when you are parked until the point that a passing car disappears from the side view mirror at the same instant it appears in your front side window-when there is no temporal gap there is no blind spot.
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 08:05 PM   #41

HeartMD's Avatar
Drives: 2011.75 MW,ZCP E92
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: CT

Posts: 653
iTrader: (0)

Its all a matter of personal preferance. What do YOU want to drive. It basically comes down to if you either want a 2 or a 4 door. Everyone here will obviously justify their particular choiceof purchase. E90 owners will say how great and practical it is, coupe guys will say the like the less bulky proilfe.
I personally Love the more aerodymanic look of the coupe.
2011.75 E92 MW/BB extended,ZCP,ZP2,ZCV, IPOD,BMW APPS, Heatedseats,6MT, Edition Black Chrome Grills & Side Gills, CF splitters, CF performance spoiler, CF mirror caps, Turner black anodized pedals, Akropovic Evolution exhaust w/CF tips, Still Undecided on tune, AFE Pro5r, AFE intake scoops, LUX H8
2009 E92 JB/Black 335 xdrive (retired)
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 08:17 PM   #42

Drives: 2009 e90 AW/BB lotsa Dinan
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: new jersey

Posts: 447
iTrader: (0)

I rarely have a passenger but prefer the look of the sedan and it costs $2k less but why would anyone care what anyone else prefers?
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 08:38 PM   #43
Second Lieutenant

Drives: none
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: tx

Posts: 275
iTrader: (0)

sedan has a stiffer chassis (thanks B piller), looks better, and is more functional.

I love taking 3 passengers around the track
Appreciate 0
      09-16-2011, 08:54 PM   #44

Drives: Double Vanos'd Civic-M3
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Francisco

Posts: 8,517
iTrader: (6)

E90s are not real M3s, otherwise it would have a M3 stamp under the hood.

Appreciate 0
Post Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.,,,,,,,,, logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST