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      05-07-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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M3 Questions, buying one soon...

Hey guys... getting rid of the 335i leaning towards an M3 or S5...

08 M3's any major issues? Been reading some stuff on Vanos? How is the tranny? Had an 06 M6... hated the SMGIII in city driving, does the m3 feel/drive the same way?

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      05-08-2012, 12:52 AM   #2
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Most of the M3s, including 08 till now, have been pretty reliable. There are always exceptions but that's why you spend time to research the background of each car you are interested and within your price range. If the price is below market there is usually a reason so you don't want to focus too much on the ones that are "cheap". Manual tranny is notchy but very solid and durable. DCT is loved by many but it is still more complicated technology that is all computer-controlled. If you are driving an automatic now I would recommend the DCT; if you are rowing your own gears now get the 6MT, you will like its solid feel even with the un-smooth 1-2 shift.
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      05-08-2012, 05:07 AM   #3
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I have an 08 (november 07 actually) with 39k. Only the battery replaced so far. They seem reliable so far but get it properly checked out. Then get a nice exhaust for it!
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I have an 08 with 31k miles. DCT is far better than the smg I drove for a month in an M5. I bought car used with 27k in December and after at dealer for routine brake job, the dsc and edc failed. All was replaced under warranty (I suspect that the dealer messed this up when doing the brakes). That said, I am heavily leaning towards an extended warranty.
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Had S5 and now M3... I Prefer M3 just because it's different kind of beast. S5 was more touring car... Comfortable and a nice looker...
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Had S5 and now M3... I Prefer M3 just because it's different kind of beast. S5 was more touring car... Comfortable and nice looker...
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only thing i have had so far (only 18 months) is a faulty tpms sensor. otherwise, one quart of oil and one nail in a tire but perfect otherwise...for some reason these cars seem to be very reliable by bmw standards.
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only thing i have had so far (only 18 months) is a faulty tpms sensor. otherwise, one quart of oil and one nail in a tire but perfect otherwise...for some reason these cars seem to be very reliable by bmw standards.
14 Months/10,700 miles and nothing but the 1200 miles service. Haven't even needed oil.

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Buddy of mine has an 08 E92 with 25k miles on it, BMW had to replace the rear differential at 20k, everything was covered under warranty. The only problem he's had thus far.
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I have an 08 with 31k miles. DCT is far better than the smg I drove for a month in an M5. I bought car used with 27k in December and after at dealer for routine brake job, the dsc and edc failed.
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The DCT's kinks have been worked out. From what I hear, the new M5's DCT is even better.
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i had a s5 for about a year... it was a good car didn't really feel sporty nice tech for sure... however when I got my M3 it felt completely different whole other animal... either way you will be happy with any of two... i feel gas mileage is the same or not much of a difference... hope this helps
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M3, S5 is a lateral move from a 335. M3 is a upgrade in performance.
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http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=668685

major common issues are:
1. idle air control valve
2. bent/stuck valve stems (pricey non warranty fix)
3. ignition coil issue
4. random misfire (not a major issue, but freaks ppl out)
5. differential housing bolts breaking
6. rear diff grinding (simple fix, need different BMW fluid)
7. DCT software updates needed
9. some very minor I-drive issues.
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