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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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Question 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.

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:53 AM   #3
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:07 AM   #4
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:24 AM   #5
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eu não recomendaria para uso diário em sampa....
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:35 AM   #6
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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.

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Old 08-28-2012, 11:38 AM   #7
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:02 PM   #8
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:13 PM   #9
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:31 PM   #10
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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!
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:45 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #12
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:46 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:25 PM   #17
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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!)
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #18
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:29 AM   #19
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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).
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:53 AM   #20
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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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