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Old 12-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #37
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Another person who currently owns an e36 m3 and e46 M3 said this on M3forum recently, which rings very true to me:

Originally Posted by EricSMG View Post
Good points, although I'd argue that the in addition to being the prettiest, [the e46] is also the most hardcore M3 to date. It's the most exciting, high strung, hardest riding, loud, exotic sounding, in-your-face M3.... while at the same time looking like a high-end luxury car. The E30M is too slow, E36M is too mellow and E9XM is too refined. The 46M is just plain badass.

That's why I love/hate it so much - it doesn't make any excuses. It just flat hauls ass in a nasty sort of way but looks hella good doing it. Can't think of another car like it.
Driving the e46 is much more of a fight/event than the 36 or the 90. It's a very visceral car.

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