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      12-12-2010, 02:05 AM   #67
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Give wife 328i. Tell wife it's an M3. Problem solved.
this should be the excuse people use for putting m3 badges on non-M cars
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So this morning I get an email from my wife with a link to the C&D 10 best entry for the M3 saying 'Can I get one?' She's away right now so we can't talk on the phone but a few emails back and forth makes me realize she's pretty serious. Hmmm. We previously owned a E90 330i and she currently drives an 08 X5. The problem is I have a 2010 S4. I'd kind of feel like a traitor and maybe even a little inferior! The S4 is a great car but we all know it's not an M. Not to mention the F30 isn't that far off. What to do!! Buy the M now, convince her to wait a bit, tell her if she gets the M then I get a lightly used 997...

She'd like an E92 with DCT, I of course want ZCP and all the extras. Any advice or similar situations? This is really kind of making me laugh, smile and sweat at the same time.
Your wife is asking for an ///M3? How about you start by getting down on your hands and knees and thanking any and all gods from all religions for the gift you have received in the form of a wife.

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I think we've decided to get the M3. She gets back from her deployment (we're both in the Air Force) next week. Yes, she was just deployed so yes, even more reason for her to get whatever she wants!

She wants the M3 because of looks, performance, and because it's an M3. While she might be just 'okay' with a 335, I think it's the whole package she's looking for (as was I).

Going to look at them this weekend. I may re-think the ZCP plan, but I like the exclusivity as much as the additional capability...
Go for the M3 and for a nice Christmas gift setup the Performance Center delivery and driving school for both of you as a nice "welcome home" second honeymoon.

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      12-12-2010, 03:33 PM   #70
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      12-12-2010, 07:46 PM   #71
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Does it help that I'm the fighter pilot of the family? She's got a great job too and we're both happy to be doing what we're doing. It's great for people to say thanks, but it's also great knowing that in our military every serviceman and woman is a 100% volunteer. I do sincerely appreciate all the well wishers though.

I've sent some emails and PMs out as feelers. The process begins...
Close enough!

Isn't driving a car, regardless if it is a M3 or Prius, rather anti-climatic for you? I would think flying an F-15 and then coming home and driving would be sort of like being a porn star and then coming home to an ugly wife.
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      12-12-2010, 07:59 PM   #72
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Driving is enjoyable in it's own way. Flying is incredible but a LOT of work, mentally and physically. Wouldn't trade it for the world, but it's nice to get in the car at the end of the day and have a great drive home.

Believe it or not, when you look in the parking lot of a fighter squadron most of the cars you see are pickup trucks or cheap Japanese sedans.
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      12-12-2010, 08:17 PM   #73
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Some of you guys are so whipped! LOL I drove an E46 M3 for 8 yrs & now a E92 M3 for a year and i can count on one hand how many times my wife has even DRIVEN my car. She's perfectly content with an Acura MDX as her car/suv. I may sound sexist here, but let's face it, most women out there have NO idea what an "M" is! My wife could care less about it, that's why it's MY car. You shouldn't have to ask "strangers" on a message board if you should get your wife an ME JUST because she asks for one. Heck, if that's the case, why doesn't she just ask for a F430 while she's at it
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      12-12-2010, 08:22 PM   #74
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if you should get your wife an ME JUST because she asks for one.
Not sure what a ME is but thanks for your input.
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Not sure what a ME is but thanks for your input.
Obviously a typo, "M3". And just read your post about being in the military.....thanks to both of you for your service!!
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      12-12-2010, 10:36 PM   #76
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My godmother asked for an F430 for her 50th birthday and she woke on that day and there was one sitting in the driveway. But she was also the first one in town with the Q7 when it came out. People... not just women, care about different things. I know a guy who has no problem spending $100k on a watch but won't spend half that on a car. It's all what you're in to.
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AH DO IT DO IT DO IT!

i recently let a hot chick drive my car , and YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HOT IT IS SEEING A GIRL DRIVE A 6 SPEED M3

This will open up a chapter of real hot sex for you....do it lol
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My godmother asked for an F430 for her 50th birthday and she woke on that day and there was one sitting in the driveway. But she was also the first one in town with the Q7 when it came out. People... not just women, care about different things. I know a guy who has no problem spending $100k on a watch but won't spend half that on a car. It's all what you're in to.
Yeah, I was going to buy an F430 but didn't want to spend the money so I bought an M3 I totally agree with ya though

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      12-13-2010, 01:41 PM   #79
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I would like to add my thanks to those who are protecting us. You are my heroes. I retired 20 years ago (Navy).

To keep the thread on track, my wife drives my M3 when not driving her M roadster. She also tracks/autocrosses it. Buy your wife one!!!
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      12-13-2010, 02:39 PM   #80
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Buy it for her!!

As a pilot in another branch (USMC) I bet she made some good TDY money while deployed and even if she's not in a rated MOS she deserves something to look forward too when she gets back.

Spec it out and have it arrive a few days before or after she's slated to return -- all depending on her attitude about taking delivery.
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I had a 335i. I told my husband, didn't ask, just told, him that when the lease was up I was getting an M3. He shrugged and said "whatever makes you happy." He's not much interested in cars, drives an Audi A4. I love my M. I love cars. Give her the M - happy wife, happy life. Trust me...
Cool story bro-ette.

The real problem with getting an M3 for a wife is that this often gives them a big head. It's kind of like giving a 16 year old kid who likes to pretend to be a gangster and Escalade. They'll act all cocky about it, which society as a whole hates badly. Society expects both 16 year old wanabe gangster with Escalades and wives with big name expensive cars to act all cocky about it because that's how everyone knows they are 'awesome'.

I would advise against getting anything for anyone that's going to act in a negative undeserving way about it.

It also sounds like there's some underlying selfishness with her having the faster car, you can't win them all though :P.

Your wife seems to want the car for the right reasons but you're partially getting it because she returned from service. I'd seriously consider the financial implications first because you're getting a more expensive car. It's also worth considering the lack of convenience. you might want to look into an X5M, which is as fast in a straight line, but isn't less capable.

Hope that helps.
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Why not go ahead and get if for her if that doesn't present a financial hardship? My wife had her heart set on a Z4M last year and had an SUV prior to that. Never was much of a driver, but knew she wanted something small and very quick with good handling.

A little less than a year latter and her driving skills have improved immeasurably. A car control clinic started the improvement and now she goes driving with me and my buddies on "spirited drives" all the time and has no trouble keeping up or even leading. Next step, which with work and other things have gotten in the way of the past few months, are DEs and other performance skills improvement activities. Not because I want her to but because she wants to.

She can tell you pretty much anything you want to know about that car, suspension mods, alignment, tire options, quirks, things to watch for, mods (doesn't care about cosmetic mods, just performance ones). Has taken to indoor cart activities as well. Gifts? Jewelry? Clothes? Nope--why do that when she'd rather have coils? Can tell if the alignment is off my a hair just by how the car drives....She's turned into a "car enthusiast" and we're off so see some ALMS racing this year. And I never get any grief about mods I want to do. My buddies all wish their wives were into cars like mine is--and really respect the fact she can actually drive. And while it's not an M3 it's hardly made her "cocky". In fact, she's quite humble about the car/herself as she knows just how much work goes into being a capable driver.

My point is you never know where these things can lead. Not many women seem to approach the same level of interest in driving/cars as guys do, but then again give the right car to the right woman and you may end up with a shared passion. Which I've got to tell you is a hell of a lot of fun! Did I mention there's no "you're spending too much time/money/effort" on that car/driving? That's priceless....

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All these "get her the M3" and "don't get her the M3"... Is the OP buying a M3 for his wife, or does she have money and, therefore, buying one on her own? (Apology in advance if this was already made clear earlier in the thread.)
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All these "get her the M3" and "don't get her the M3"... Is the OP buying a M3 for his wife, or does she have money and, therefore, buying one on her own? (Apology in advance if this was already made clear earlier in the thread.)
She's away (deployed) so I think it's semantics as in he would have to order it for her and do the paperwork (especially to have it here for her when she gets back next week after her deployment).
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Why not go ahead and get if for her if that doesn't present a financial hardship? My wife had her heart set on a Z4M last year and had an SUV prior to that. Never was much of a driver, but knew she wanted something small and very quick with good handling.

A little less than a year latter and her driving skills have improved immeasurably. A car control clinic started the improvement and now she goes driving with me and my buddies on "spirited drives" all the time and has no trouble keeping up or even leading. Next step, which with work and other things have gotten in the way of the past few months, are DEs and other performance skills improvement activities. Not because I want her to but because she wants to.

She can tell you pretty much anything you want to know about that car, suspension mods, alignment, tire options, quirks, things to watch for, mods (doesn't care about cosmetic mods, just performance ones). Has taken to indoor cart activities as well. Gifts? Jewelry? Clothes? Nope--why do that when she'd rather have coils? Can tell if the alignment is off my a hair just by how the car drives....She's turned into a "car enthusiast" and we're off so see some ALMS racing this year. And I never get any grief about mods I want to do. My buddies all wish their wives were into cars like mine is--and really respect the fact she can actually drive. And while it's not an M3 it's hardly made her "cocky". In fact, she's quite humble about the car/herself as she knows just how much work goes into being a capable driver.

My point is you never know where these things can lead. Not many women seem to approach the same level of interest in driving/cars as guys do, but then again give the right car to the right woman and you may end up with a shared passion. Which I've got to tell you is a hell of a lot of fun! Did I mention there's no "you're spending too much time/money/effort" on that car/driving? That's priceless....
Hey that's cool Finnegan. Hope to be doing later what she's doing now.

Gee, we have some macho, macho men here... What's with the stereotypes? (can't afford to buy it on her own, wouldn't be able to distinguish it from a 328i, etc.)

OP, your wife sounds like a smart woman who knows how to pick her cars. And I'm sure you could get her to tick off 'ZCP' on the options list, unless she really hates the wheels or something...

And a great performance sedan with quattro + a great performance coupe? Perfect combo.
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maybe getting her one of these "m3's" would be a good start for her... and save you money so you can buy the zcp or 997




this one is in the rare um... smurf blue coloring.



its a bmw m3. debadged of course.




or maybe try getting her the e-class honda m3. its in frozen slate coloring.
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All these "get her the M3" and "don't get her the M3"... Is the OP buying a M3 for his wife, or does she have money and, therefore, buying one on her own? (Apology in advance if this was already made clear earlier in the thread.)
OP here - neither, really. We discuss all major purchases like this since we're both wage earners. I would never go out and get a car like that without discussing first and neither would she. She's looking at new cars right now and this is her first choice. Since it's quite a bit more than our previous cars, she's asking in the sense of 'hey, what if we got this as my daily driver?' Basically, it's between the extremes of your two options.

Julie - you're right, the M3 and S4 would be a great combo, thanks.

I received one price quote for a special order via email today and am working on another quote for an in stock vehicle. My wife gets back to the CONUS on Thursday, once the jet lag goes away we'll probably go for a few test drives and make sure it's definitely what she wants. If so, sounds like we'll be on our way!
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Go for it, then. Ya'll in the military don't pay taxes on car purchases, right? Hope there are other incentives/discounts for you folks who defend our country (while the rest of us sit around arguing about 6MT vs DCT, etc).
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