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      09-16-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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Is an M3 a good substitute?

Hi. I'm a Porsche 911 owner for the past 5 years. I have a 997.2 Carrera. It's been my daily driver but I still stoked everytime I see an M3. The newer 991 does not interest me at all, so as the new generation M3/M4. I plan on acquiring a used e92 2011 or newer. Any other 911 owners here? The thought of having a normally aspirated V8 non-DFI engine gets me excited. I am keeping my 911 since it's been dependable but after those years I have this itch now to try another car. I am also looking at the Audi RS5 but all audi look very generic to me. I think I'll just do it.
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Nice to hear that people are looking at the naturally aspirated engine as special versus the newer models turbo charged. The noise is really intoxicating, as well as the driving experience. When you done driving it like a track car, its also a great all around car too! Give one a drive and you will end up buying one!
I think I read someone say once: Its not the best in any one category but it is #2 in every category!
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      09-16-2014, 10:58 AM   #3
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I've owned a 997.1 C2S and I currently have my e90 for sale so I can get back into another 911. I'd like to get a 997.2 GT3 but prices for these are insane, above sticker for a ~4 year old car! I realize a GT3 is a very special/unique car but I guess I still find a 911 to be more engaging than an M3. But that's just my .02 and you know what they say about opinions...

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      09-16-2014, 11:01 AM   #4
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I think you won't be happy going from a Porsche to an M3 or Audi. Completely different driving characteristics.
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      09-16-2014, 11:12 AM   #5
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I think you would really enjoy the feel and sound of the V8. although the 911 is probably a better car.
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keep your 911.
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I think you would really enjoy the feel and sound of the V8. although the 911 is probably a better car.
Porsche's I-6 doesn't sound good?

This love affair you have with the NA v8 sound, I swear
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      09-16-2014, 11:41 AM   #8
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I think you would really enjoy the feel and sound of the V8. although the 911 is probably a better car.
Porsche's I-6 doesn't sound good?

This love affair you have with the NA v8 sound, I swear
Trying to figure out where I said a 911 sounds bad. Also one of my dream cars being a 991 gt3. Weird
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      09-16-2014, 11:58 AM   #9
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I think I read someone say once: Its not the best in any one category but it is #2 in every category!
I would argue that it is #1 in the category of being incredibly capable, incredibly visceral, while also being a completely comfortable daily driver.

One could easily go to the track and rip off hot laps in the morning - and then pick up a an executive for a sales/prospect lunch meeting.
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The M3 is better as an all-around daily driver. the 911 has some limitations due to its size and configuration. It fits 4 people and luggage just fine, and is much more comfortable. Plus it provides similar performance to a 997.2 Carrera S. If you get an M3, get the newer ZCP (competition package) with the DCT trans. It put a smile on your face trust me.
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      09-16-2014, 12:42 PM   #11
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I used to own a 997 S which I loved! Best all around sports car but I needed 4 doors for hauling the kid so i went with the best compromise. Day to day the m3 is less stressful to drive and I dont worry about rock chips and door dings as I did in the Porsche. Performance driving the m3 has lower limits compared to the 997 but the handling and balance is phenomenal. I found the 997 understeered too much. On track the 997 far surpasses, its a very capable car. If you can keep both then your laughing!
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Pose the same question over on Rennlist and see what sort of response you'll get.
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Porsche's I-6 doesn't sound good?

This love affair you have with the NA v8 sound, I swear
Lol imagine an i6 stuffed in the ass of a porsche
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Thanks for everybody's reply. Yes I am keeping the 911. I have 3 kids to raise so obviously I need to stay under $100 grand budget. I could have grabbed the new M4 but an inline turbocharged 6?? No way! I am getting one with DCT for sure as it's gonna be my wife who's primarily driving it. I am checking out several specimens and finalizing. Five years ago the M3 was my second choice before the 911 and told myself I will get a new M3 after that but disappointed with the new engine that BMW has put into the new M cars so I believe the e92 will be a classic so very eager to have one.
I won't post on Rennlist as I know what their answer is gonna be.
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I used to have a 911 and I think overall it was better built. It never broke. But even still, I sold it and bought an e90. Primarily this was because the 911 was a good occasional car, but not really an every day car (didn't like the seating position as much, not as good on a long trip, couldn't hold as much people/cargo). Recently I bought a set of winter wheels from a local guy who sold his e92 for a 997.2 4S cab. He said the 911 was a faster car but he just couldn't get used to it. He seemed to have buyers remorse. Having both a 4 door M3 + a 911 is the sweet spot! If I could have both I would....choosing between these 2 legends is tough.
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I love driving my M3 but there is NO WAY it will ever replace my 911! The 911 will still be in the garage a long time after the M3 is history.
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Thanks for everybody's reply. Yes I am keeping the 911. I have 3 kids to raise so obviously I need to stay under $100 grand budget. I could have grabbed the new M4 but an inline turbocharged 6?? No way! I am getting one with DCT for sure as it's gonna be my wife who's primarily driving it. I am checking out several specimens and finalizing. Five years ago the M3 was my second choice before the 911 and told myself I will get a new M3 after that but disappointed with the new engine that BMW has put into the new M cars so I believe the e92 will be a classic so very eager to have one.
I won't post on Rennlist as I know what their answer is gonna be.
you are among friends who share this view.
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I think you won't be happy going from a Porsche to an M3 or Audi. Completely different driving characteristics.
Unless you are looking for completely different driving characteristics.
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The M3 sounds better, the engine is intoxicating in how it revs, the throttle response is spectacular and the car has an absolutely perfect ride/handling balance for the street. Porsche is a better pure performance car however.
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Unless you are looking for completely different driving characteristics.
In which case he would go for an Audi or an M3. Shall we dance in circles now?
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Lol imagine an i6 stuffed in the ass of a porsche
I-3 x 2?

Boxer 6?

You get the point.
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