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      07-18-2007, 06:30 AM   #1
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What will this do for residuals now?

I've a feeling that the lacklustre reviews and 100000 production target will make this M3 depreciate very heavily after the first 6 months or so.

Over here M6's which cost £850000 (not $!) lose around £35000 in the first year.


I was thinking that the new M3 would be so good it would buck these trends, but I can now see the new M3 losing a good £15000 in year one.

What's do others feel?
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      07-18-2007, 06:40 AM   #2
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The M6 is a bit of a flop as well, compared to the Porsche and AMV8, it's rivals. Notice a theme here with M at the moment, because the press have been indifferent to the M Roadster and Coupe too.
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      07-18-2007, 08:13 AM   #3
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I've a feeling that the lacklustre reviews and 100000 production target will make this M3 depreciate very heavily after the first 6 months or so.

Over here M6's which cost £850000 (not $!) lose around £35000 in the first year.


I was thinking that the new M3 would be so good it would buck these trends, but I can now see the new M3 losing a good £15000 in year one.

What's do others feel?

3 series cars/coupes have hold their value exceptionally well in general. I don't see why that should not be the case for the M3 as well. The high production number doesn't mean much since that means your average M3 owner will not be that much different than your average 3 series coupe owner in many ways (apart from their budget). Remember, not everyone's like us. Most future M3 buyers have not even seen the picture of the E92 M3 yet.

However, I don't know if BMW priced the M3 too high or not in the UK. What was the price difference between the 330ci and the E46 M3, and what is the price difference between the 335 coupe and the E92 M3?
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      07-18-2007, 08:20 AM   #4
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It's hard if not impossible to predict the resale value on a car that s not even for sale yet!
But when it comes to E46, it is destined to hold it's value very well. Same scenario as 993 compared to 996. While the 996 appealed to more people as a GT, in terms of resale the 993 holds it's value much better.
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      07-18-2007, 08:39 AM   #5
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I've a feeling that the lacklustre reviews and 100000 production target will make this M3 depreciate very heavily after the first 6 months or so.

Over here M6's which cost £850000 (not $!) lose around £35000 in the first year.


I was thinking that the new M3 would be so good it would buck these trends, but I can now see the new M3 losing a good £15000 in year one.

What's do others feel?
The M3 is one of the slowest depreciating cars you can buy.

Period.

There is no trend that it needs to buck in this regard.
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      07-18-2007, 08:46 AM   #6
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Also starting to get worried

I agree
I ordered my M3 in January 2005 (!) expecting the car to be sensational. I am not a speculator as such but it is a great feeling to have a new car which everyone else wants and which doesn't loose any money. This was my hope with the E92 but as the price has gradually crept up over the last year and now with the reviews I am wondering if it is such a safe bet for my money.
I am still tempted to buy and run for 3-6 months to just experience the car and then sell.
Whats even more annoying is I sold my E46 convertible last month in preparation!.
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      07-18-2007, 09:03 AM   #7
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I think you will be able to run it for upto 4-5 months and get most of the money back - but only if you have a Septmenber or October car. I think with the climb in price (prob 54k ish ?) there is potential for a good drop - at least 10k in the first year.

The more cars cost the more they fall - even good ones like the new M3.
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      07-18-2007, 09:15 AM   #8
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I think my problem is i've hyped things up in my mind out of proportion. I don't think the reviews should be taken too too seriously but we all want to know we have got the best whatever it may be and it does annoy when things dont pan out that way.
I just need to spec right (not too much) and carefully - probably means black or silver with 19 inchs
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