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      04-25-2019, 02:29 PM   #23
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I hope you have some other cars that are even more fun to drive.
Unfortunately, not at the moment. Long work hours and family time take away ďmeĒ time.
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      04-25-2019, 02:32 PM   #24
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Actually I am not sure that there are many year-round alternatives for tough Canadian winters. It would have to be an SUV but very few of them, if any, can compare to M3 dynamics. I though the M40i would come close but I guess I was wrong.

Maybe the new X3M would come closer, but it will be quite pricey ..

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Good luck on your decision.

However, I think a winter beater and spring/summer m3 is a nice combo!
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      04-25-2019, 04:16 PM   #25
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F80???

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OP - you're crazy if you sell your E90!
Don't worry, it's a F80 CS and I would *never* trade the E90 or E92 for it. It's just a third M3
Sigh. This thing defies logic.

You could have had another 2-3 true Ms.

Might as well abuse it on track so the E9X's last forever...can't think of another silver lining here.
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Sigh. This thing defies logic.

You could have had another 2-3 true Ms.

Might as well abuse it on track so the E9X's last forever...can't think of another silver lining here.
You'll be happy to know the E92 is back on stock suspension (not even camber plates) and brakes and that the CS has race seats and harnesses already installed. Camber plates going in this weekend

I could have gone to another E9X, but remember I already have two. The only third E9X generation car I want is an E93 and I can't track that

The CS will die so that my E92 can live

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      04-25-2019, 04:53 PM   #27
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Lol!
I guess nowadays a question whether to keep an E9x M3 is kind of trivial. The real question seems to be how many more to get
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      04-26-2019, 12:50 AM   #28
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If you sell it you will lust for it until you buy another one and you already have an absolute beauty. Myself and too many to count here have done that. However, I might be going X3M although I am not interested in the huge payment. It might hit all the marks of engaging, exciting, and fast while still having winter/outdoors utility. I plan to test drive one when they become available.
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      04-26-2019, 06:08 AM   #29
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Op that's a special car - keep it and drive it on clean roads and sunny days. That said if u must get to 1 car better to sell than to drive in salt and rust her out - not many LB E90M cars with no Nav and 6MT. Don't kill the unicorn unnecessarily.
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      04-26-2019, 07:09 AM   #30
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Drive the fun car. Go to therapy for the OCD at home and sell the beater or economy car or SUV that you have been driving most of the time.
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      04-26-2019, 07:32 AM   #31
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DennisCAN,

I know where you are coming from...

Iím from Ontario and have both a e90 m3 and x3 as well (albeit the previous gen 3.5i msport)

I barely drive the m3 (has 69k kms) and have contemplated selling it for years now as I hate seeing it sit there for 1/2 the year. Yeah, I agree...it doesnít handle Canadian winters all that great even with dedicated winter tires!

However, everytime I get back into it I realize why I want to keep it. This car is special...the s65, the steering, the four doors and useable trunk. It is almost the perfect all-around car.

If you can swing it financially I say keep it.
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      04-26-2019, 07:38 AM   #32
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Hey guys,

I own a beautiful 6-speed manual LaMans Blue E90 M3 with less than 35k miles on it. Unfortunately, here in Canada the winters are really long and nasty with all kind of crap that comes with it. Although, the M3 seems to be quite driveable with a good set of winters, I did experience situations where ice bumps and holes would almost rip the bottom of my car. In other words, I don't have a choice but to drive my M3 only about 6 months a year, which encouraged me to put the car for sale. It's not that I am in a financial trouble or something like that, but it pisses me off having two vehicles, each driving only 6 months a year.

As I am waiting for a lucky bastard to steal this beauty from me , I am trying to find reasons that will outweigh my rational part of brain and make me keep the car which I really love!

I even got myself a X3 M40i a couple of months ago, hoping that it will be a decent replacement for M3, but the more I drive it the more I want to keep my M3. Yes, the M40i is nice and fast, but doesn't have the feel of the old M3 which puts a smile on my face every time I got into. Although I don't track my M3, and don't explore its' full potential, the feel and feedback that I get from that car is comparable to none. I even drove a new M3 but again was not impressed.

Is this M3 E90 addiction curable, or I am lost forever?
I guess the new M40i didn't help ...

Anybody else in a similar situation?

Here are a couple of picture of my baby ..



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Keep it. Doesn't mean the cars have to be driven only 6 months at a time. Maybe the M3 hibernates in the winter, but you could still drive the X3 in the summer too. More practical, more comfortable, more torque.

I certainly wouldn't be able to view the G01 as a replacement to the M3. Companion, sure.

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Don't worry, it's a F80 CS and I would *never* trade the E90 or E92 for it. It's just a third M3
Didn't you know you got an F80, congrats. Did you look at the M2C at all? And what happened to the engine on the E90?
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      04-26-2019, 08:17 AM   #33
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Thank you all for your comments!
I am glad to hear that there are so many others who are ready to keep this fantastic car even if not driven all year-round. It seems that everybody is agreeing that selling this car, unless you really have to, would be a mistake and would lead to buying another one very quickly.
Thanks for helping me keep this baby.
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      04-26-2019, 08:30 AM   #34
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Thank you all for your comments!
I am glad to hear that there are so many others who are ready to keep this fantastic car even if not driven all year-round. It seems that everybody is agreeing that selling this car, unless you really have to, would be a mistake and would lead to buying another one very quickly.
Thanks for helping me keep this baby.
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Good choice! But the other part of what we're recommending is to get a second car. You will be surprised how nice it makes the M3 feel after spending some time in something else. I picked up a Grand Cherokee SRT recently and love it. It's no replacement for the M3, but it's fantastic in its own right. So keep the m3 and buy something else somewhat interesting for the daily. I imagine a Grand Cherokee Trail Hawk would be a fantastic winter vehicle.
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      04-26-2019, 09:27 AM   #36
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Check for yourself which one looks newer..





Now G20 3 series doesn't look too bad at first sight but if you look closely, the front looks like a dislocated jaw with a ping pong ball in the middle.

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      04-26-2019, 10:08 AM   #37
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Good choice! But the other part of what we're recommending is to get a second car. You will be surprised how nice it makes the M3 feel after spending some time in something else. I picked up a Grand Cherokee SRT recently and love it. It's no replacement for the M3, but it's fantastic in its own right. So keep the m3 and buy something else somewhat interesting for the daily. I imagine a Grand Cherokee Trail Hawk would be a fantastic winter vehicle.
I am planning to keep my X3 M40i and use it when the M3 is in the garage. Definitely want to keep the existing condition of the M3 as long as possible.
Thank you.
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BMW is lost with the recent design. X5 looks like a dentist accidentally drilled into nostrils. The headlights were 100 times more aggressive and better looking in the previous generation X5. Don't even get me started with the 7 series/X7..

Check for yourself which one looks newer..





Now G20 3 series doesn't look too bad at first sight but if you look closely, the front looks like a dislocated jaw with a ping pong ball in the middle.

G20 is a huge improvement imo, quality factor raised up a notch
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G20 is a huge improvement imo, quality factor raised up a notch
I wouldn't mind if the steering feel was half as good as my old E85 Z4(electric) or even F8x. Why is every modern BMW so off in steering feel? (Ms are better but not good enough)

Guys who asked for "less steering effort" should be shot...
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I am also in Canada, I always store my summer car in the winter and drive a beater. Sure the M3 can handle the winter fine but it hurts me to see it covered in salt/sand.

I have a X5 right now for winter/daily but I might be replacing it with a R53 mini cooper s so i'll still have something fun.
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We all have different desires out of our M3's, so just do what you want in the end. I like having multiple cars for multiple driving situations. I don't mind having cars sit until I need them, but they're paid off so it makes that easier.

For me, I really do not enjoy driving my M3 in traffic or to run errands around the city. Each time I drive it I want to open it up and enjoy the type of driving that it's meant for. I want each time to be special for me, and that is not the daily driver slog. I probably put 1-2k miles a year on it at this point, but those are all fun miles.

My new daily driver is an inverse of the M3, a big luxury LS460 sedan. I like how I can completely ignore the car and cruise in comfort. I use it only for it's purpose, and expect nothing more out of it.
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OP: Beautiful car!

Iím in the camp of using her year round, especially since you want to be a one car guy. I find E90s highly capable (and fun!) in the snow...ground clearance can be a concern as you highlight (splitters become mini-plows), but roads are generally cleared routinely here. Winter use doesnít mean neglect...ppf, baths, etc all play a role in keeping her looking amazing.



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You'll be happy to know the E92 is back on stock suspension (not even camber plates) and brakes and that the CS has race seats and harnesses already installed. Camber plates going in this weekend

I could have gone to another E9X, but remember I already have two. The only third E9X generation car I want is an E93 and I can't track that

The CS will die so that my E92 can live
Your money your rules.
I'm happy that the E92 will live on and the CS should be an interesting track weapon...I expect improved lap times all around.
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