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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 07-14-2016, 01:28 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by SeattleImola_M View Post
Most agreed, however, maintenance and cost of maintenance are not comparable to an e46 m3 IMO

True that
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:33 PM   #42
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Hey bud! I think that's cool that you have saved your money at your age and have a dream to buy an m3! Some of the posts that what the guys are saying is good advice. At your age I would get into a bmw 330 zhp. 03- 05 sedan or 04-06 coupe. Google them and see what is different about the zhp package compared to a 330 standard. It was a $3900 package on the e46 330 car and are affordable cars today with less maintenance and fun to drive in a manual. Not sure if your good driving go carts. If so great! That's how I started driving as a kid. Good job saving your hard earned $$$
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:54 PM   #43
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I would say go for it. But you most truly understand what it costs to daily drive an M3. Oil change $70 to $100. Spark plugs $70. Uses 93 octane fuel. $2.50 gallon here in NC. And if it has 100K miles plus. It might be time to change some bushings. That gets expensive real quick. If you do crash. A lot of body parts are expensive as well. I would say start off with a E46. Maybe a 330ci or 325i. You can get and maintain those a lot cheaper than the M. And girls will see that it's BMW. That's all they care about.
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:19 AM   #44
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It takes a lot money to maintain M3 keep looks good

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Old 08-01-2016, 07:50 PM   #45
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I made that mistake. The M3 was my second car, which I got when I was 18. Don't get me wrong, it's a great car, but eventually it had to sit for months in my garage because the money for proper maintenance just wasn't there, and I wasn't (and still am really not) knowledgeable enough mechanically to work on major stuff myself. I was saved by having a close friend who is a BMW mechanic, and he helped me with a lot both with teaching me and helping me take my car apart and whatnot. But if that wasn't the case, it probably still would be sitting here, waiting for parts, unless I spent pretty much 100% of my paychecks on it.

In the end, it's a great car. But many people (like me in the past) tend to forget that only the car depreciates, new parts usually do not. Especially for what was once an enthusiast $65,000 car.

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Old 08-01-2016, 07:52 PM   #46
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Don't worry, get one in 7 years, and it will have higher value in another 7 years
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Old 08-05-2016, 10:06 AM   #47
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You'll shoot your eye out kid.

Also, you haven't saved enough money. You think you have but you're underestimating the cost. This is why teenagers should not buy fancy cars.
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Old 08-05-2016, 05:30 PM   #48
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I have met people that buy a $7000 beater M3, only to spend another $7000 fixing the vanos, SMG, bushings, rims, tires etc. They end up with a $14,000 beater needing paint and an interior, needing more mechanical work. I am a dad and i would never suggest an M3 for a first car. Even if he saved enough $$, it is still too powerful. My son (the car nut one) started with a subaru outback (AWD handles great), then a 1991 VW GTi 16V (spins the wheels through first and handles like a go-cart), a mazdaspeed3 (talk about torque steer), and just recently, he is taking my M3. The mazdaspeed 3 is almost as quick as the M3, but something magical about E46 RWD and the M3 is the best of the E46.... So i hope the young guy wasn't scared off by the stupid comments on here, and maybe decided the best bet for him is a non-M, E46 coupe ... As for the girls, if it has a BMW badge, they generally will be impressed, they typically don't know what an M3 is anyways.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:01 AM   #49
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Great thread. I enjoyed it as well as it is useful to the OP. Sure there are some comments that don't have value, but any normal 15 year old should be able to sort through that, or it's going to be a tough ride.

We need tougher skin nowadays.

And my 2 cents, not a great 1st car. Maintenance and value aren't great for a first time buyer. Get a 325/330 E46 coupe and save the dough, headaches and speeding tickets/accidents. If I had an M3 when I was 15 I would have killed myself before 18 for sure. Plus, as mentioned, girls will like it just the same.

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dumb idea, e46 m3, first car, girl, kid

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