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Old 08-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #41
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99% sure it's gonna be another e46 if not it is going to be an e92 or a suv because of the road conditions in Georgia.

I have set aside about 8k in addition to what insurance has given me to look for a e46 m3. I used to want an e9x badly, but after driving my mom and sister's e90s for a couple weeks... They are annoying and I don't care for them.
e92, specially 335i even better 335is is a beast and more(well) equipped.
e46 M3 would be another league, but for a daily that will be used in snow I'd take e92 over M3. Also, consider that the insurance premium and maintenance for M3 will be higher than the e92.

I dont know why you would want an SUV if you are considering a coupe.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:46 PM   #42
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e92, specially 335i even better 335is is a beast and more(well) equipped.
e46 M3 would be another league, but for a daily that will be used in snow I'd take e92 over M3. Also, consider that the insurance premium and maintenance for M3 will be higher than the e92.

I dont know why you would want an SUV if you are considering a coupe.
Thanks for the tips. I love the e46 body the e92 is a lot more stylish but will cost more on the front end... possibility of the turbo failure.... and it's not an M. It is easier to chip/tune an e9x though
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:12 PM   #43
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Thanks for the tips. I love the e46 body the e92 is a lot more stylish but will cost more on the front end... possibility of the turbo failure.... and it's not an M. It is easier to chip/tune an e9x though
I consider e92 for a daily, but if it was a weekend car definitely the M3 would be my choice. Even the 328s are not bad, they have more power than our 330s. If you are worried about snow then get an x-drive.
Heck, even test drive the 1-series.

These cars are more money up front, but they are newer as well and possibly less abused and need less maintenance. Many carry factory or extended warranty so the maintenance would not be an issue up front. Also being newer it will carry the resale value much further than our cars.

I can imagine selling my car for 4k-5k in next 2 years even though I have bought it for a lot more and put a so much more in maintenance. So, if its time for an upgrade I would definitely look for a newer model unless there is something you really dont like about that car.

I am torn between two cars for an upgrade as well though. A jag XKR or the e92. But both will have to wait till I am done with my school and get a career job I want.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:32 PM   #44
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Jon....sorry that this happened to you....must have been devastating. Just glad YOU are safe...that's the most important. Were you or insurance able to find out what caused the fire?
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:38 PM   #45
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I consider e92 for a daily, but if it was a weekend car definitely the M3 would be my choice. Even the 328s are not bad, they have more power than our 330s. If you are worried about snow then get an x-drive.
Heck, even test drive the 1-series.

These cars are more money up front, but they are newer as well and possibly less abused and need less maintenance. Many carry factory or extended warranty so the maintenance would not be an issue up front. Also being newer it will carry the resale value much further than our cars.

I can imagine selling my car for 4k-5k in next 2 years even though I have bought it for a lot more and put a so much more in maintenance. So, if its time for an upgrade I would definitely look for a newer model unless there is something you really dont like about that car.

I am torn between two cars for an upgrade as well though. A jag XKR or the e92. But both will have to wait till I am done with my school and get a career job I want.

I love the 1 series but just do not see it as affordable. 328i has a decent amount of power and my mom and sis both got theirs in great condition at bargain price and I just dont care for it. I'll probably pick up a M3 for a couple years than move on once I get into my career
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:30 PM   #46
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darn, i really want to know what caused your car to ignite like that.... sorry for the loss and good luck with the M3 upgrade with the future! youll be very happy.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:41 PM   #47
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sorry to hear about your loss, glad to hear you're alright. good luck on the search for a new bimmer, and do keep us posted if you find out what caused the fire
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:35 PM   #48
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Like I said Jon, stay in the family! I know how you feel man, my first car caught on fire and it was the weirdest gut feeling watching it burn. All that hard work.

Nice work with insurance.

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:43 PM   #49
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I love the 1 series but just do not see it as affordable. 328i has a decent amount of power and my mom and sis both got theirs in great condition at bargain price and I just dont care for it. I'll probably pick up a M3 for a couple years than move on once I get into my career
We both stuck in the same situation, cant afford the new one till a good career job pops up.
Good luck with the M3 search.
Keep us posted.
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wait so did you find out what caused the fire??? i've done so many upgrades and makes me so nervous to know something might happen!!
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:35 PM   #52
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They are saying that it was an electrical fire in regards to the A/C. Either a fuse or the AC Motor overheated and had contact with a wire that caused a spark behind the dashboard.
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They are saying that it was an electrical fire in regards to the A/C. Either a fuse or the AC Motor overheated and had contact with a wire that caused a spark behind the dashboard.
damn, it was totally uncontrollable then. did you smell anything strange before it happened or while driving?? I put a lot of time behind my ride and love every minute of it so i know how you feel man! happy to hear you getting good money for it! got for a M3 for sure but e46
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didn't you make a thread where you sold the car?!
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damn, it was totally uncontrollable then. did you smell anything strange before it happened or while driving?? I put a lot of time behind my ride and love every minute of it so i know how you feel man! happy to hear you getting good money for it! got for a M3 for sure but e46

Thanks bro and yea... We noticed smoke then it became rapid. As we were pulling over we saw black smoke and we got as much as possible out.

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didn't you make a thread where you sold the car?!
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