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      11-06-2011, 06:42 PM   #89
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Originally Posted by franc View Post
interesting feedback, thanks. what would you get after you sell the M3 in a few months?
Something smaller, cheaper, but still engaging to drive. GTI maybe? I've owned several over the years. They even come with a proper spare tire and a dipstick!.

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      11-07-2011, 01:08 AM   #90
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I can relate to the unwanted jealousy from much younger employees, I just explain it's not my car, I'm only renting it. (lease)
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      11-07-2011, 03:38 AM   #91
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The only regret I have about buying my M3 is that I didn't buy it in 08 when the $7500 rebate was going on.
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      11-07-2011, 04:27 AM   #92
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      11-07-2011, 05:57 AM   #93
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      11-07-2011, 08:14 AM   #94
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I do regret making the payment sometimes... especially in the winter. I live in VT and so right now I'm winding down the last few weeks of being able to get the M out on the street. Same complaints as others... I have a boring commute, I'm always driving a fast car slow etc, but then there are the days you get a chance to open it up on a twisty in the fall in VT and there's nothing like it. I have a Passat 1.8t wagon that I'll be using this winter and I'll be pining for the days I get to bust out the M again.

I do empathize with the folks who don't like worrying about their car. I feel that way all the time. I was parked this weekend in a no-so-great neighborhood that my friend lives in and actually woke in the middle of the night just to make sure my car was okay outside... Not so much worried about it getting stolen, more vandalized. People get weird sometimes when they see something they want, but think they'll never have...
I make sure to park next to nice cars in parking lots in hopes that they don't want to dent their car just like me. I fold my mirrors in always.

Anyway, There are days I think to myself "Do I really need all of this car?" I begin to regret it... but then I remind myself that I enjoy driving. I love it in fact and I could get cancer tomorrow or worse and I think to myself... "Why not?" Don't I deserve to be happy if I can afford it and it makes me smile when I put my right foot down?

I stand in mt garage sometimes and just stare at this car... I'll sit in the driver's seat and just take it in and think about where I'm going to drive it when the weather gets nicer. It's beautiful. It sounds amazing. It looks like it's doing 100mph just standing still. I could certainly get by with a much lesser car and have something more practical, but I won't be standing in the garage staring at it unless it inspires me.

Life is short. As long as you're not hurting anyone, I say go for it...
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      11-07-2011, 10:11 AM   #95
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Same reasons why I sold mine. I just couldn't use it as DD, and I didn't like it at the track.
Originally Posted by m3bs View Post
Regrets? Not exactly. I bought mine just to try it for a while.

I drove one at the 'Ring earlier this year, and I came away really impressed with the capabilities of the M3. As a DD, however, I get frustrated with the old "no fun driving a fast car slow" syndrome. To give an idea how boring my commute is, I'm averaging 23-24 mpg. I have a dedicated track car, so I won't be taking the M3 to the track. Too much weight, not enough torque, and too much money for consumables and too much at risk for my budget.

I'll probably drive it a couple more months, and then move on.
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