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Old 03-20-2016, 01:04 AM   #21
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E46 M3 with a proper manual are selling for a lot more than same car with SMG. There is a good reason for that...
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:34 AM   #22
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I love the smg in my 2002 330ci coupe, I think you learn how it works and it just gets better and better while learning, at 1st i was a little jerky but once u get the feel for the bite you get a thrilling ride
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Old 03-21-2016, 12:58 PM   #23
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Sorry didn't mean it that way. In the same respect, everyone is entitled their opinions and that's why there's more than one type of car on the road
don't worry I was only playin'
besides I get the man version of a car...manual
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:14 PM   #24
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don't worry I was only playin'
besides I get the man version of a car...manual
My next car, even if not an E46, will also be a manual. I just feel like I'm lacking something with my automatic atm.
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:01 AM   #25
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If there was a coolant smell, I'd bet a dollar that it had a blown head gasket (and possibly worse) which could easily account for the missing Pferdestärken. And that could also account for the strange SMG performance as well. In any case, don't buy any pre-owned car without an independent PPI. A blown head gasket on a $15000 car would be annoying to fix. (I thought that was a great looking M3, by the way).
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:10 AM   #26
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If there was a coolant smell, I'd bet a dollar that it had a blown head gasket (and possibly worse) which could easily account for the missing Pferdestärken. And that could also account for the strange SMG performance as well. In any case, don't buy any pre-owned car without an independent PPI. A blown head gasket on a $15000 car would be annoying to fix. (I thought that was a great looking M3, by the way).
I mean who knows, but I wouldn't be shocked if that were the case. I agree, it was very pretty. Pictures don't do the car justice, for any E46 M3 in my opinion. Well I didn't buy it and I'm too young to afford one, but I will one day and it'll be steel grey, cinnamon interior coupe with carbon roof and a 3.73 diff
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:36 AM   #27
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I went with SMG so that my wife could enjoy the car, too. Never drive in auto. It's retarded. SMG can act funny if the car's not running properly. Don't judge every SMG car from a random one you found on a car lot.

There IS a learning curve, even if you're coming from driving a manual. Once you get in tune with how to rev match and engine brake it actually becomes pretty fun. I may pick up a second M3 in manual, but I actually enjoy the SMG.
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Old 03-22-2016, 05:42 PM   #28
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Yeah it's not to everyone's taste, but when you get used to it, it does feel very appropriate for the car. Problem is at low speeds it's not very good, and most people who bought an automatic M3 bought it for city streets. I do like SMG though. By the way SMG feels very similar to Ferrari's F1 gearbox, so it's not like they were the only ones trying to make sequential manual work,
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:42 PM   #29
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And the SMG even in "automatic" mode isn't an automatic. It's the same E46 M3 transmission with a computer doing the shifting and clutching for you but at the heart the same manual transmission. In fact you can convert the SMG over to a standard manual + clutch with a little bit of time and money.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:22 PM   #30
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If any Ford Focus wants to come to Austin with their title and put it up against my M3, please come on down. My daughter could use a car.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:25 PM   #31
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I mean who knows, but I wouldn't be shocked if that were the case. I agree, it was very pretty. Pictures don't do the car justice, for any E46 M3 in my opinion. Well I didn't buy it and I'm too young to afford one, but I will one day and it'll be steel grey, cinnamon interior coupe with carbon roof and a 3.73 diff
3.73 is a waste of time and money. an insignificant 3% change is hardly worthwhile talking about how much it would cost to do. not to mention the chance it doesn't get set-up correctly over a factory unit.
an example of how small that is, when people go from a 2.93 to a 3.07 that is the same plus an additional increase of 1.7% than the nudge of 3.73 to 3.62.
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Old 03-23-2016, 01:09 AM   #32
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3.73 is a waste of time and money. an insignificant 3% change is hardly worthwhile talking about how much it would cost to do. not to mention the chance it doesn't get set-up correctly over a factory unit.
an example of how small that is, when people go from a 2.93 to a 3.07 that is the same plus an additional increase of 1.7% than the nudge of 3.73 to 3.62.
I was just throwing out a random number that I could remember that is a ratio a diff comes in . I also didn't know the M3 diff is 3.63 standard. Something in my head told me it would be closer to my 328Ci's 2.93
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