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      07-21-2009, 03:48 PM   #1
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I been on this forum for a while reading all about M's. Here is a quick story. Always wanted an M3 since I can remember when i was growing up. 2 summers ago i couldn't close the deal on an E46 M3 and took a new G35 coupe which wasn t that bad. It wasn t an M.
So right now i am looking at the 09 likely ED, but now i got questions whether the grass is greener elsewhere. I am looking for a daily driver that is reliable. i've seen some prior stories about cooling issues, battery problems, DCT issues. So i expanded my search now i m looking carrera's. I thought about the GTR but its like the suzuki of motorcycles (hooligans) and not much luxury. RS5 looked good but the last time i recall looking at the interior of an audi S4 08 i was not impressed. i look at the M and its close to what i want, but i read on this board some members stated given the amount cash they burn on fuel they would have taken a 911. I took a look and there are plenty of 911 07, 08 leftovers. 911 doesn t have much a trunk. I don t plan on spending north of 87K for a car otherwise it would open up more possibilities. Also want some that is close to 2+2 configuration.
Afterall, i plan on keeping this car for a long time. Other issue with the M was with the electronic suspension system and aftermarket upgrade issues.
I want a luxurious DD, and has trunk space. any advise would be great.

so far i configured on a fully loaded LMB,fox red, sun roof and 6spd. its looks awesome on paper. other options are IB or SG
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      07-21-2009, 04:55 PM   #2
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Depending on your color combo, the Audi S5 interior ain't that bad at all. Mileage would be somewhat identical. Another option for you would be the C63 AMG but be ready to change your rear tires every 5,000 miles.

If the M3 was on your mind for such a long time, I say just go for it. You'd end up with buyers remorse if you strayed elsewhere. When you sat in that G35, I'm sure a part of you wished it was an E46 M3 instead. "Just do it!"
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      07-21-2009, 05:46 PM   #3
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I agree, the M is probably the way to go. I just had an S5 and the interior of that car blows the M3 out of the water, but other than that, the M is a better car. Who knows about the RS5...I came from an older S4 and I agree the interior sucks. I also looked at a GTR, and I can tell you the trunk on that is no good and your dealing with Nissan. They don't know how to treat customers in our bracket. I got to drive the GTR for 3 blocks...in a square around the block. Frankly it felt cheap and the sales people looked greasy. I just finished ED of my M and it was a great experience, and a great car!
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S5 = Great interior, clean exterior styling, weaksauce performance
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      07-21-2009, 06:06 PM   #5
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I have an '08 e92 m3 with dct. It is my dd and I've had no problems at all. The interior probably isn't as luxurious as a 70k should be, but that's made up by everything else the car offers. As far as gas mileage goes, if you're shopping for a 60k+ high performance luxury vehicle, that should be one of the last things on your list of concerns. But nonetheless, everyone would think hard before making such a big purchase so goodluck
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DO IT and you'll never look back. i cam from a G35 -> 335 -> M3. oh man i've been missing out man.

BTW, S5 is not all that. i would take a 335 over it still. i think it's more wobbly and less nimble than the G35
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      07-21-2009, 06:29 PM   #7
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Exactly the reason I ultimately went with the M. The car feels much more dangerous when you're driving, in a good way. An S5, which is a beautiful car, was too predictable/pedestrian. Drove much more like a GT car rather than a performance one. Also, I thought the brakes seemed too mushy for my taste and I couldn't wait for the 2010's to arrive so I could get the updated MMI.

However, if you can find a gently used 997 S from 2006-07 with low (less than 30k) miles for less than $70k (there are a few that are close at the local dealerships and for private sale in the bay area), that would be the no brainer choice. I couldn't bring my self to spend that much on something "used", but its more of a psychological hang-up than anything else.
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I had a 2008 s5 6mt and traded it for the DCT m3...i gotta say I miss my S5 a lot, and the manual transmission on it is great. I'm not a fan of the dct even though i have it...so consider getting the m3 in 6 speed. However considering that you live in hudson county and there's snow in the winter...the upside of having the s5 is the all wheel drive. Honestly the M is a beautiful beautiful car, and so is the S5...it all comes down to your needs.
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      07-21-2009, 06:41 PM   #9
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is the wait for 2010 worth it? i m thinking of going wholesale with Dave from bmwsonline.
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      07-21-2009, 07:46 PM   #10
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red998 - 2010 doesn't have too much more onboard (radio upgrade, heat seating upgrade) otherwise same same pretty much. there was a post of the 2010 model inclusions on the site.

Personally, S5 is a great car - but I like the slightly simpler layout of the car internally and find that there was more space in the M3 Coupe than the S5 (what do you think immiketoo?)

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      07-21-2009, 08:03 PM   #11
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I test drove the S5 before making the plunge into my E92 M3. It felt too heavy during mid corner entry. The interior if matched with either the saddle brown or magma red leather and the alum. interior looks money! Price-wise, it's far more reasonable than the M3 by $10,000 less. I wasn't too impressed when I popped the hood open. Even the wiper blade stalks looked weak compared to the M3. I had my mind set on a sunroof on my car and to my surprise the S5's sunroof does not open but only tilts up to vent. The C63 looked too gaudy for me. It was as if Merc was trying too hard with the design. It was as if a designer from Lexus snuck in the design room and had a go at the molding. Power wise the C63 hands down a pissed off beast! I was shocked when I mashed the pedal at the amount of umph this thing had. In the end I couldn't see myself driving such an intense car everyday. Plus hearing from their owners about rear tire swaps at close to 5,000 miles. I'm glad I didn't go with that route.

In the end, I went with the E92 M3. It was always my first choice but I wanted to see if the grass was greener on the other side. No test driving, just took a leap of faith and I'm more than glad I did.
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