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Old 04-14-2009, 02:58 PM   #1
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E36 M3 or E46 non M

What would you buy for around $10k an E36 M3 or a regular E46?
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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purist would say e36 m3, i would say 330ci for the updated interior/exterior.

my friends have e36 m3s, one in convertible automatic.. and they need alot of work done on their cars to stay tip top.
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:02 PM   #3
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purist would say e36 m3, i would say 330ci for the updated interior/exterior.

my friends have e36 m3s, one in convertible automatic.. and they need alot of work done on the cars to stay tip top.
+1, If you were in Europe then the M3 would have alot more power but in the states, an e46 330ci/i will perform very close to an e36 m3 but look better and be newer.
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:03 PM   #4
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It looks like you already have an E46 (2000 323i)?

You should be able to decide whether you like it enough to go for another E46, or try out an M3.
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Old 04-14-2009, 03:06 PM   #5
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if you can find a 330i or 330ci e46 then deff b/c u get a-lot nicer car, but hardly doubt you will find one in that price range, so i would say go e36 m3 b/c frankly you get more power stock an lsd, and a pretty nice car... if you can find a decent one that hasnt had the living dailights beat out of it
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Be ready for maintenance with the E36...
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:50 PM   #8
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It looks like you already have an E46 (2000 323i)?

You should be able to decide whether you like it enough to go for another E46, or try out an M3.
Im not thinking about buying one I just had an argument with a friend and he was saying E36 M3's are way better then any non M E46 and I disagreed because I have driven a couple E36's and it seemed to me that the ride and the build quality was alot worse, and I know Im gonna get flamed for this but I thought my sport package 323i handled better then the E36 M, but the M had thinner tires so that could have been why.
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it depends on what you are looking for. E36 M is a much more "raw" car than an e46 non M... resale in the long run you will be safer with the M3, assuming mileage and condition are kept in tact. The e46 non M will depreciate far quicker. The M is about bottomed out in that price range...
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:22 PM   #10
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:26 PM   #11
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I vote for e36 M, I drove one with a software and a upgraded Diff and what a blast it was to drive it. I don't think a non-M can beat that given you have the right mods.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:32 PM   #12
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Your question is too vague. The correct answer is it depends. If it were a car for myself, I'd say E36 M3 no question. If I were buying a car for the fiancee she would want the E46 for the updated styling, options,etc.
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