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Old 08-31-2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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To SMG or Not?

I'm looking to get an E46 and wondering whether I should get SMG or not? I'm at the lower end of the price category so I won't be looking at a mint M3. What have your experiences been in terms of reliability?

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Old 08-31-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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Don't get it, when it breaks (and it will) it will be very very pricey. Get a manual M3. Thank me later.
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Don't get it, when it breaks (and it will) it will be very very pricey. Get a manual M3. Thank me later.
Or when that does happen just spend the money on converting over to a manual trans.
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I would say from personal experience to never buy anything on the lower end. They are cheaper because they are used and abused. Either save up and buy a nice M3, or find something else in your price range you can be satisfied with. As for SMG or not, you need to consider what type of driving you do. If you do alot of city driving, you might prefer the SMG because you won't have to constantly work the clutch. If you do a mix of hwy/city, I would go for the regular manual, plus the regular manuals require very little maintenance.
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I would say from personal experience to never buy anything on the lower end. They are cheaper because they are used and abused. Either save up and buy a nice M3, or find something else in your price range you can be satisfied with. As for SMG or not, you need to consider what type of driving you do. If you do alot of city driving, you might prefer the SMG because you won't have to constantly work the clutch. If you do a mix of hwy/city, I would go for the regular manual, plus the regular manuals require very little maintenance.
That's not necessarily always the case. However, it is true more often then not.
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An SMG on a car as nice as a BMW? Do they even make that? For the penultimate driving experience, I think that'd be fine.
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Thanks for the advice. How much should one expect to spend on a "good" E46 M3? Were there any years to avoid?
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Do not hold me to this, but I believe many go with the 2003.5+ years for the M3. I thought there were some slight engine issues with earlier models. I'm sure someone will chime in very quicker to correct me for my ignorance. Also, for price, you talking USD or Canadian $?
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