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      10-05-2016, 04:11 AM   #1
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Which to get e90 or e92

On the fence on which one to pick up. Are the e90 really that more rare. Looking to get the 6 speed manual. E90 has 48k miles fully loaded asking $30k the E92 has 60k miles fully loaded cf top asking $27500. I like both off course the E92 looks much more sportier being a two door in comparison to a sedan. All I know is I want an E9x M3.
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      10-05-2016, 04:17 AM   #2
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      10-05-2016, 05:26 AM   #3
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The coupe and sedan are from what I understand pretty much identical from a driving and performance perspective. Assuming shape, color and options are fine it really comes down to Your view of what looks best and Your need for practicality. Personally I initially preferred the looks of the coupe, but after getting the sedan due to practicality it has totally grown on me. Today I even think the coupe looks slightly more "dated" (flame suit on) while the sedan's "bull" appearance and stance I think stand on its own. But that's just me.
And yes the sedan is more rare. Here's a good source for various info on all models: http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=50

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The coupe and sedan are from what I understand pretty much identical from a driving and performance perspective. Assuming shape, color and options are fine it really comes down to Your view of what looks best and Your need for practicality. Personally I initially preferred the looks of the coupe, but after getting the sedan due to practicality it has totally grown on me. Today I even think the coupe looks slightly more "dated" (flame suit on) while the sedan's "bull" appearance and stance I think stand on its own. But that's just me.
And yes the sedan is more rare. Here's a good source for various info on all models: http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=50

Good luck!
I agree with that assessment. The coupe definitely blends into the sea of cars more. The E90 is so much of an extreme design with the fender flares which distinguish it from any standard sedan out there.

I am currently torn on E90 vs E92 myself. Here are my thoughts.

E90 Pros
-more rare
-due to above, will hold value much better
-better stiffness due to 4 doors
-more aggressive styling from the rear (love the sharp LCI E90 tail lights)
-shorter doors allows easier entry/exit

E90 Cons
-no carbon roof option
-much more difficult to find with specific options due to rarity
-4 doors means I can't tell people I don't have room if I don't want to drive them lol
-while the tail lights are more aggressively styled, only the turn signal is LED. I like the full brake light and turn signal LED of the E92 lights
-also I don't believe the E90 has ambient interior lighting in the doors, something I like on the E92 and E93


To most average people, the coupe is the sportier car. And if you already have another car I think it's fine to add a coupe. For others, the sedan makes the better jack of all trades. It can hit the track or take the family to church. I think it comes down to which style you find more attractive, and what your needs are in a car. I think driving characteristics between them is virtually negligible.
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      10-05-2016, 10:13 AM   #5
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Get the E92. The E90 is for gays and hipsters.
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I prefer the E90 from the sleeper perspective. Most people mistake it for a 328i sedan or whatever ("I didn't know they made an M3 sedan"). It's also a bit less common if that's worth anything to you.

BTW, rear seat room is basically the same in the coupe and sedan.
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Get the E92. The E90 is for gays and hipsters.
.........and us!......
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      10-05-2016, 12:13 PM   #8
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.........and us!......
Or, you're not gay and/or a hipster? This is awkward.
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Or, you're not gay and/or a hipster? This is awkward.
Nope, not last time I looked. Still have an E90 though.
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I personally find the appearance of the E90 better. Wider wheel arches etc.

When I see an E92 from afar, sometimes I can't even tell if it's an M3 or not. They definitely blend in and look a tad dated to me.
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      10-05-2016, 03:37 PM   #11
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E90 just because it has coupe headlights!! That's a free mod right there!!
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      10-05-2016, 03:43 PM   #12
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If you want the 6MT then get the E92 for sure
Why? Can a sedan not have a 6MT? Oooops I made a mistake when I got mine then. Guess I better trade it for a e92. Oh wait, the e90 looks much better than the 92.
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      10-05-2016, 07:28 PM   #13
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Get the E92. The E90 is for gays and hipsters.
Uhm, sorry to disagree but gay hipsters purchase the e93
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      10-05-2016, 08:38 PM   #14
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Coin toss...Good luck, either way you're good.
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      10-05-2016, 08:48 PM   #15
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I've owned both in ZCP guise. Honestly, you can't go wrong with either.
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      10-05-2016, 09:18 PM   #16
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totally upto personal taste I think.
I like the sedan's big fender flare and ass. I like the E92's smooth, sharp design.
Driving experience is identical, same engine + suspension + tranny. Weight distribution wise Sedan is better but has no CF roof. Can we really fell those difference in daily or even track driving? I don't think so.

But if you are looking for some stats/facts,
- Out of total production E9X series M3, only 16% were E90. Mostly produced were E92 > E93 > E90
- Only E92 came with CF roof
- E90 is 22lb (9.9kg) heavier than the E92 (same option, same tranny, same wheels)
- E90 is more balanced closer to 50/50 weight distribution 50.6/49.4 than the E92 (50.9/49.1)
- Ultimately no difference in track times

Not many buy E90 just because it's rare. They buy because it is far more desirable and practical than the coupe. This is not a super car, it's a sports car, you drive everyday.
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I wish i gotten e90
Extra 2 doors could have helped my life easier.
Because i have a coupe, my wife wants a sedan lol
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      10-06-2016, 05:26 AM   #18
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Really can't go wrong with either body style M3 whether E90 or E92 (E93 is a different story ).

But I'm biased, so I'll give you reasons why an E90 is a pretty good idea:

Besides more usable/accessible space with the 4 doors without sacrificing performance, the E90 has an exterior that can vary between very special, or very low-key.
To enthusiasts, an E90 M3 is more easily spotted from afar because of more apparent fender bulges, bulldog stance, and a front-end (derived from the coupe) that is unique to the sedan M3, not shared with the 3er sedan.
On the other hand, the E90 M3, being a 4-door, has more of a sleeper factor to people who aren't that into BMWs or cars in general.
Its quite awesome when a sedan blows the doors off of other 2-door "sports cars" because the driver overlooked the said sedan as a 328i.
IMO the E90 M is also better proportioned, being slightly wider than the E92 M and being slightly shorter at the overhangs.
These proportions and more defined L-shaped taillights (post-LCI) make for a much more balanced and classic BMW shape/design.
The rarity factor is nice because it means seeing one on the road is always a special sight, as only 5,867 were sold in N. America.

There are minor shortcomings, and one can see where BMW decided to cheap out on the E90.
I presume BMW had an expectation that the E92 M3 would outsell the E90 by a huge margin, which it did, and so sedans didn't get full treatment on some cool stuff, such as ambient interior lighting, full LED tails (E90 LCI only gets LED turn signals), carbon fiber roof, and other minor things such as door pockets that pull out and are lined with a softer felt-like material (the E90 gets a hard finish with no pull out function).


tl;dr: Pros- Just as fast as coupe variant, got dem hips, dat ass, 4-doors more whores, yo mama & the popo think its a 328i.
Cons- No CF roof, no ambient interior lighting, etc.
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Really can't go wrong with either body style M3 whether E90 or E92 (E93 is a different story ).

But I'm biased, so I'll give you reasons why an E90 is a pretty good idea:

Besides more usable/accessible space with the 4 doors without sacrificing performance, the E90 has an exterior that can vary between very special, or very low-key.
To enthusiasts, an E90 M3 is more easily spotted from afar because of more apparent fender bulges, bulldog stance, and a front-end (derived from the coupe) that is unique to the sedan M3, not shared with the 3er sedan.
On the other hand, the E90 M3, being a 4-door, has more of a sleeper factor to people who aren't that into BMWs or cars in general.
Its quite awesome when a sedan blows the doors off of other 2-door "sports cars" because the driver overlooked the said sedan as a 328i.
IMO the E90 M is also better proportioned, being slightly wider than the E92 M and being slightly shorter at the overhangs.
These proportions and more defined L-shaped taillights (post-LCI) make for a much more balanced and classic BMW shape/design.
The rarity factor is nice because it means seeing one on the road is always a special sight, as only 5,867 were sold in N. America.

There are minor shortcomings, and one can see where BMW decided to cheap out on the E90.
I presume BMW had an expectation that the E92 M3 would outsell the E90 by a huge margin, which it did, and so sedans didn't get full treatment on some cool stuff, such as ambient interior lighting, full LED tails (E90 LCI only gets LED turn signals), carbon fiber roof, and other minor things such as door pockets that pull out and are lined with a softer felt-like material (the E90 gets a hard finish with no pull out function).


tl;dr: Pros- Just as fast as coupe variant, got dem hips, dat ass, 4-doors more whores, yo mama & the popo think its a 328i.
Cons- No CF roof, no ambient interior lighting, etc.
Very cogent and concise...I agree with many of your salient points.... but, if the main "cons" of the e90 are lack of carbon fiber roof (which I neither need nor want), lack of ambient interior lighting and LED rear lights, they are all things I can live with...especially when compared to all the "positives"...
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Very cogent and concise...I agree with many of your salient points.... but, if the main "cons" of the e90 are lack of carbon fiber roof (which I neither need nor want), lack of ambient interior lighting and LED rear lights, they are all things I can live with...especially when compared to all the "positives"...
Well articulated...kudos!
I have LED rear lights...?
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Very cogent and concise...I agree with many of your salient points.... but, if the main "cons" of the e90 are lack of carbon fiber roof (which I neither need nor want), lack of ambient interior lighting and LED rear lights, they are all things I can live with...especially when compared to all the "positives"...
Well articulated...kudos!
I have LED rear lights...?
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