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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 01-11-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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Upgrade to 330ci ZHP or e46 M3.

Hi Everyone,

I am about to start my search for a new vehicle. I currently driving a 2002 MT Steel Blue 325XI. I bought it when I was 16 (now 23), paid cash and have since been saving up money for my next vehicle because I am looking for more power. I live in Minnesota and I am having a hard time deciding on whether to sell my 325 and buy a new 330ci ZHP as a DD or to keep my 325 and buy a e46 M3 for summer use only. Anybody have a rough cost of ownership for a M3 driven during the summer months? I do DIY brakes, oil changes, fluid flushes, spark plugs coils..general maintenance items etc. I would be taking the vehicle to a dealership for inspection 1 and 2 , valve adjustments etc. Any input is appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:43 PM   #2
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My M s pretty much a weekend only car, which I think will relate to your summer month driving question.

It really depends on where the car is at in its life. Some years, I can get buy with just an oil change (DIY $100). Other years, like this one, I'll be refreshing the suspension (car is at about 80k miles), an inspection 1, and the blower motor for my heater has began to squeak. Last year I needed rear tires and an oil change ($750 total).

If I were to take the car in for an inspection 1, it would run me $1,000-2,000. You'll roughly need an inspection every other year. The suspension will be another $1,500 if I took it in. Doing it all myself gets the cost down to about $400 for the inspection and $800 for the suspension.

So in a nutshell, here is what I think you can expect for general maintenance and break fix costs for your car... assuming you drive it less than 10k miles a year.

Year 1: $100-500 average
Year 2: $500-2,500 average
Year 3: Repeat year 1
Year 4: Repeat year 2

If you do a search there are a few other threads with similar questions and possible a poll or 2.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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M3 all the way and keep the 325 as your DD.
If you do most of the work yourself it really isn't that bad and you learn a lot along the way.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:57 PM   #4
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325XI to 330CI ZHP will be a fair step up but the M3 is a whole different animal. I thought about a 330CI before I bought my ///M but the M was much better in terms of power, handling and having an LSD. BUT the M will be a lot more work to maintain and parts will be a bit more expensive. If you're getting the work done for you prepare to pay up. Around here inspection 1/2 are easily in the $1500+ ball park, oil changes are $250, tires are $1500 etc...to me it's worth it because I do the work myself and most of it is pretty easy if you have some basic diy knowledge. Also the M has a huge knowledge base and dedicated forum with info on pretty much anything you can think of. The 330CI won't have such a vast database but it's probably still good.

Either way you'll enjoy either. Test drive both on the same day and see if it's worth it for you. But if you have the budget to take on the ///M as a second car then go for it!
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:07 PM   #5
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The M3 is more than capable in the snow. Invest in some quality snow tires and DD the M3.

You're 23 and doubtfully keeping the M3 as a collector item, so drive it! I wouldn't bother parking a $15-20K car for the winter unless it wasn't winter capable (like a Corvette).
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:15 PM   #6
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Inspections and valve adjustment are easily DIYable.
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:44 PM   #7
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Thanks for the insight everyone! I have a feeling the M3 will win out in the end unless Who can say no to a ///M?
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:36 PM   #8
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I live in the twin cities and I DD my 330Ci every day, 45+ miles a day to and from work! A set of nice snow tires has gotten me through every snownomy thus far! I contemplated getting an M3 when I was shopping for a car but decided against it because of the following:

-cost ($7-9K more expensive)
-insurance (easily doubles a regular 3-series)
-maintenance cost
-wife can't drive stick

Good luck on your search and decision.

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Old 01-14-2014, 07:54 PM   #9
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Test drive the 330i and enjoy and marvel at its capabilities.

Then drive an M3 and forget all about it.

M3 wins
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:37 AM   #10
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Anybody have a rough cost of ownership for a M3 driven during the summer months? I do DIY brakes, oil changes, fluid flushes, spark plugs coils..general maintenance items etc. I would be taking the vehicle to a dealership for inspection 1 and 2 , valve adjustments etc. Any input is appreciated. Thank you!
I've had 2 ZHPs in the past and now own an e46 m3 and e92 m3. Honestly, I've enjoyed my ZHPs more than I enjoy my e46 m3 on daily basis. It has more power, yes, but ZHP just felt more fun for some reason. If you're doing most of you maintenance yourself then I would say expect additional cost for M3 parts but nothing too significant. Typical E46 issues exist across the model range...

If you go with M3 - I would daily it, no reason to keep it in garage.
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Old 01-21-2014, 04:52 PM   #11
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Also the M has a huge knowledge base and dedicated forum with info on pretty much anything you can think of. The 330CI won't have such a vast database but it's probably still good.
Yeah, the M3's still an E46 ... so the "database" is rather comparable.

Also, tires and brakes are about the same size on a 330ci as they are on an M3. I'd go with the M3 on snow tires as a dd.
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