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heitor.oliveira 08-28-2012 10:40 AM

M3 Daily Drive or weekend car? What do you think? Why?
Hello guys,

I've been thinking of trading my e46 330i SMG over an M3 e46 2003-2005 manual.

Some facts:

I'm a racing freak, i love racing of any kind and for me the M3 is the closest from a race car imo. The coupe design, Manual transmission, great power, handling, etc.

My 330i works awesome as a daily drive. It has good power, cool transmission (although it's not manual), good handling and nice design. It's a 4 door. But idk, i guess it's not enough for what i believe a cool car is.

I could also buy a cheaper car for DD and get the M3 for weekends, that way i would enjoy the M3 on the weekends, but then i ask myself: Why not have the joy at all times?? Meaning getting the M3 as a Daily Drive.

So, what you guys think? M3 a Daily Drive or a Weekend car? Throw me some thoughts and opinions.

Thank you Bimmer freaks!!


LSM3 08-28-2012 10:42 AM

I DD my M3. Sif buy one and not drive it all the time.

PerkM3 08-28-2012 10:53 AM

My sig should explain how I feel.

heitor.oliveira 08-28-2012 11:07 AM

What does Sif mean? I'm still not used to the language!


Originally Posted by LSM3 (Post 14686262)
I DD my M3. Sif buy one and not drive it all the time.

nojoda 08-28-2012 11:24 AM

eu não recomendaria para uso diário em sampa....

heitor.oliveira 08-28-2012 11:35 AM

Brasileiro. Isso que eu precisava. Perguntei no Yahoo respostas mas não é a mesma coisa. Cara, eu sou de Campinas. Vc acha que não vira pegar a M3 pra uso diário? Pq?? O que vc recomendaria? Valeu abraço.


Originally Posted by nojoda (Post 14686383)
eu não recomendaria para uso diário em sampa....

S54Dan 08-28-2012 11:38 AM

I DD and track mine. It's rough on the wallet.

PerkM3 08-28-2012 12:02 PM


Originally Posted by s54dan (Post 14686424)
i dd and track mine. It's rough on the wallet.


wilsel 08-28-2012 01:13 PM

I DD mine. The wife's SUV is the weekend car (easier to get our son in and out of)

jackyboym3 08-28-2012 01:31 PM

I DD mine, I have put 110K miles on it... for me I sleep well knowing I have enjoyed my M3, and seeing as how Im going to keep mine forever the more miles the more fun I have had with it. Great car.. Great fun... Great DD!

skeeterv 08-28-2012 01:45 PM

I currently DD mine with 1 track day. AWESOME DD except for traffic...but still not bad at all. Considering getting a 190D for most of my weekly commute. Honestly the E46 M3 is one of the best DD's for the price that you can track on weekends with little/no mods.

VMRWheels 08-28-2012 02:44 PM

Me personally, DD. The M3 is a beautiful piece of machinery and if you enjoy the car, I don't think you will get your "fix" by just driving it on weekends :thumbsup:

bkal 08-28-2012 02:46 PM

Daily daily.
The more you drive it the more you enjoy it.

ECSTuning 08-28-2012 03:00 PM

I daily drove one of years, then it became my track rat and not suitable for street use. All and all the M makes an amazing daily driver.

2000_328CI 08-28-2012 03:04 PM

Is the M3 a daily? Depends on how thick your wallet is.

VMRWheels 08-28-2012 03:26 PM


Originally Posted by 2000_328CI (Post 14687144)
Is the M3 a daily? Depends on how thick your wallet is.


morningisbad 08-28-2012 04:25 PM

I DD mine. However, my drive to work is only a little over 5 miles (mostly highway) with 0 traffic. I only fill her up every three weeks or so...

I only get ~15 minutes a day with the M....but I make them count!!

I've taken it to the track twice this summer (my area doesn't have nearly enough events!)

morningisbad 08-28-2012 04:26 PM

BTW: should have made this a poll :) would like to see those numbers

alkemyst 08-29-2012 08:29 AM

I am used to pretty non-plush cars, my last car was a 98 240SX with coilovers, spherical bearings, solid pillowballs, solid bushings...it was ok for the 3-4 mile commute I had and a fun weekend car, but not the kind for long commutes.

My 06 M3 ZCP, I have driven 15,000 miles since I bought it in January and 8 weeks of that time it was sitting in an airport parking lot while I was working remote.

Great daily driver, very practical...the only thing that could be better is the gas mileage (I average 18-19).

Dan04E46 08-29-2012 10:53 AM

I have driven my M3 daily for the last four years (~65k miles). It's acceptable as a dd but my modded suspension has me looking for something more comfortable for my short commute. I'd rather save my M3 for pleasure driving than being main transportation.

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