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      06-15-2016, 07:52 PM   #1
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I am looking to purchase a 2008 e92 M3 and i was wondering if someone can help me out if this is the right direction for me. It is a manual transmission with low miles and all maintenance done at the dealer. I am also thinking about the e46 M3 as well, tough choice here. Any suggestions/concerns? Anything i should be looking out for? I heard about the rod bearings issue etc..subframe, vanos..
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I think rod bearings are blown a bit out of proportion and it seems like throttle actuators are the next talked about repair. It's a great car and if it checks out with a PPI, I think you will be pleased. I haven't driven an E46 M3, so you may want to drive both and see which one speaks to you more. Tons of info on this forum, including lots of DIY articles if you are so inclined.
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      06-15-2016, 09:59 PM   #3
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What are you looking for in a vehicle. The e90 m3 is not a typical car imho and may not suit everyone.
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      06-15-2016, 10:13 PM   #4
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Prior e46 m3 owner here, currently driving an e90 m3, they are quite different cars, but do have a lot of similarities. The e46 is more raw, simpler in a lot of ways, absolutely epic motor that sounds great from the inside but not quite as great from the outside. e90 is more comfortable, a better long distance cruiser for sure, but has such a two faced personality. When you want to ring its neck it responds perfectly and obviously the V8 is an unreal factor in that, especially at 8k rpm. e90 feels bigger and heavier, mainly because it is. e90 is easier to control in a slide, I think largely due to better suspension tech as these cars get newer. test drive both!

Both are amazing cars. If i lived in a dream world I'd have an e46 for the track weekends and an e90 for my DD.
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My opinion the e92 m 3 is the way to go. It sounds fantastic when de- catted and really performs well. There are 2 common problems that I think BMW Germany engineered into the car. Firstly the throttle actuators that were used in the V10 M3 is exactly the same part used in the V8 M3. There were problems with this part previously but it was still used, all BMW did was change the part number. The other fault is the DCS (abs) pump. The carbon dust in the electric motor causes the electric current to track inside the motor and causes the computer box to pick up a dcs fault. If you keep in touch with the forums, you can get lots of DIY information to overcome these challenges. E92 V8 is the way to go. Good luck.
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I went from an e46 M3 to my current e92 M3. The coments previously made are spot on. The 2 cars are more similar than different, with the e46 being a bit more elemental and smaller, and the e92 being a bit quicker and more comfortable. They both have great handling and great steering. The inline 6 in the e46 M3 is a great engine, but the V8 in the e92 is positively epic.
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