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      10-07-2016, 04:08 PM   #1
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What is the attrition rate on here?

I know everyone gets excited when they get a new M3. But after while (just like anything else), one gets 'bored' and stop reading or posting stuff.

Would you say, most people drop off after a few months? a year?

The heavy posters (>1000 posts), what keeps you coming back? I mean there can only be so much to talk about.
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      10-07-2016, 04:11 PM   #2
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      10-07-2016, 04:26 PM   #3
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Not a fan of OT but I've found myself in there a few times because lately these forums have just died down and it seems no one posts anything [useful] anymore. Not sure why I come back to be honest. The forums are a good wealth of information which is probably 80% of it. the other 20% is due to sheer boredom when I'm at work or sitting at home doing nothing.
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      10-07-2016, 05:05 PM   #5
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Every car forum I've ever been a part of goes through cycles.

People flock to the site when the car is released, then it tapers off a bit once the car has been out a few years. Once the prices get below $30k and/or the initial leases are returned, membership explodes because a whole new group of people can suddenly afford it. Also, the cars finally start coming out of warranty then so the modification scene grows.
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      10-07-2016, 05:37 PM   #6
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M3post is one of many good reasons to own an M3, you haven't figured that out yet man, its good fun and plenty info!
      10-07-2016, 05:50 PM   #7
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      10-07-2016, 06:28 PM   #8
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not much goes wrong with these cars, so most of the discussions tend to gravitate towards hooker storage/transportation and whatnot
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      10-07-2016, 07:18 PM   #9
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To answer your question you need to look at a complete model gen cycle :

pre-release announcement: Most posters own the prev gen model and talks revolve around anticipated performance, M3 vs. other cars. Very exciting times (except the last gen which went against what existing owners wanted)

release: Most posters are people that have/will order factory M3's. A lot of talks on configurations. Ordering, what options to get, etc. Magazine reviews being discussed.

First 3 years: All original owners, usually highly educated. A lot of great technical talks, very knowledgeable individuals contribute.

at 3.5 years : Talks about mods, wheels, SC engines start to dominate. More talks about owning the car and personal experiences. This is the forum golden years for the model.

4 years : Changes of demographics a lot of original owners move on to new cars. Very different profile used car owners join the forum, usually less educated.

4.5 years : Great threads become sparse, noticeable degradation of the average poster level of understanding of the car. Significant change of paradigm and profile of the M3 owner.

5 years : Many forum members assume everyone else on the forum is a used car owner. The first years rich archived topics get revisited. Many original owners are still lurking around with more passive role, providing technical advice and help.

6 year: next gen announced. Restart.

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      10-08-2016, 10:53 AM   #10
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Significant change of paradigm and profile of the M3 owner.
Also known as the riff raff!
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      10-08-2016, 02:54 PM   #11
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I'll be on here until I move on to something else. Even then I'll probably come back to reminisce.
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      10-08-2016, 04:47 PM   #12
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I no longer have an M3 but I'm still here on these forums.. mostly cause the Jaguar/F-Type forums are pretty dead, with some of the "newest" posts dating back to 4 years ago.
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      10-08-2016, 05:24 PM   #13
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I come for many reasons...to gain knowledge, share knowledge and the camaraderie. I enjoy humor, my own and others too. What makes this forum so nice is those that don't take themselves so seriously and enjoy the what is instead of the what should be.
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      10-08-2016, 07:15 PM   #14
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      10-08-2016, 08:00 PM   #15
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      10-08-2016, 08:34 PM   #16
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      10-08-2016, 08:43 PM   #17
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      10-08-2016, 09:12 PM   #19
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i've been on E46fanatics, M3forum, lexus, acurazine forum before coming to this one.
There's a huge drop of people especially in the lexus, e46 and acurazine forum once a new generation models come along. I don't see that much in the m3forum or this e90post.

I think it's because people who own these E46 or E9x M3 (in general) are more dedicated to their cars, not to just fill their lease time but actually drive, modify, and maintain for a longer period than other vehicles. Also cannot ignore those who wait for price to go down and own "previous gen" M3s. cars like M3's value not only in $$ but ownership as a collection stays pretty high as time goes on
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To answer your question you need to look at a complete model gen cycle :

pre-release announcement: Most posters own the prev gen model and talks revolve around anticipated performance, M3 vs. other cars. Very exciting times (except the last gen which went against what existing owners wanted)

release: Most posters are people that have/will order factory M3's. A lot of talks on configurations. Ordering, what options to get, etc. Magazine reviews being discussed.

First 3 years: All original owners, usually highly educated. A lot of great technical talks, very knowledgeable individuals contribute.

at 3.5 years : Talks about mods, wheels, SC engines start to dominate. More talks about owning the car and personal experiences. This is the forum golden years for the model.

4 years : Changes of demographics a lot of original owners move on to new cars. Very different profile used car owners join the forum, usually less educated.

4.5 years : Great threads become sparse, noticeable degradation of the average poster level of understanding of the car. Significant change of paradigm and profile of the M3 owner.

5 years : Many forum members assume everyone else on the forum is a used car owner. The first years rich archived topics get revisited. Many original owners are still lurking around with more passive role, providing technical advice and help.

6 year: next gen announced. Restart.
*eyeroll*
      10-09-2016, 01:47 AM   #21
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To answer your question you need to look at a complete model gen cycle :

pre-release announcement: Most posters own the prev gen model and talks revolve around anticipated performance, M3 vs. other cars. Very exciting times (except the last gen which went against what existing owners wanted)

release: Most posters are people that have/will order factory M3's. A lot of talks on configurations. Ordering, what options to get, etc. Magazine reviews being discussed.

First 3 years: All original owners, usually highly educated. A lot of great technical talks, very knowledgeable individuals contribute.

at 3.5 years : Talks about mods, wheels, SC engines start to dominate. More talks about owning the car and personal experiences. This is the forum golden years for the model.

4 years : Changes of demographics a lot of original owners move on to new cars. Very different profile used car owners join the forum, usually less educated.

4.5 years : Great threads become sparse, noticeable degradation of the average poster level of understanding of the car. Significant change of paradigm and profile of the M3 owner.

5 years : Many forum members assume everyone else on the forum is a used car owner. The first years rich archived topics get revisited. Many original owners are still lurking around with more passive role, providing technical advice and help.

6 year: next gen announced. Restart.
*eyeroll*
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      10-09-2016, 03:40 PM   #22
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Lol. I was thinking about posting but figured I'd just ignore the guy. I love how he thinks he's an elite individual because he's the original owner of his car and always brings up the 'original owner' topic. I can't take anyone who drives a matte colored car seriously.
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