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Old 11-30-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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My Ride: 2005 M3 6MT
2004 M3 to 2006 330Ci ZHP, Will

Iím considering trading in my 2004 M3 w/ SMG and picking up a 2004 330Ci ZHP. Both cars have about the same miles (50K) and are in about the same good condition. My main reason for considering this is to switch from a SMG to a 6MT. I learned to like the SMG and after about a month of having the car was much smoother with it than when I got it. But I still wish I was able to row my own gears at times. Iíve looked at the conversion (way too much money IMO and would void the warranty I bought with the M3) and also looked at picking up another M3, but havenít found any that really wow me.

The 330 Ci ZHP I found on CL did wow me though. Black Sapphire Metallic over Black Interior. Love the look of the interior trim on the ZHP, and the price is good too. I assume gas will be almost a wash between the two, but maintenance would certainly be a little less on the 330. Just wanted to know what anyoneís thoughts were on going from M to non M. I know Iíll have less power, but Iím okay with that because it mainly would be used as a daily driver, which I think the 330 has enough power for. I also know the M3 isnít just a more powerful 3 series, itís a different car altogether. Do you think Iíd miss the M3 that much if I had a clean í06 ZHP? Going to test drive it this weekend, Iím sure that will be the main deciding factor, but wanted to see if anyone had anything to add to help me decide.
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