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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 05-18-2016, 02:03 AM   #1
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I really want a E46 M3 as my first car stick of course cause what fun of having an M3 if it's not stick? The only problem is I don't know how to drive stick. I'm worried about getting ripped off also not knowing much about the E46 M3. Please Help
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:29 AM   #2
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If you insist on buying an M3 as you're first car, and you shouldn't, you're better off buying a pos salvage title. You're gonna beat the crap out of it anyway as you first car and especially learning to drive stick so no point getting anything too nice. You're probably better off getting an smg. Or better yet a Honda.

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Old 05-18-2016, 04:12 AM   #3
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dont do it!

Buy a 1.4 honda or something because you are going to damage it in some way or another. a high power rear wheel drive car is for peolpe who have already had the stupid fun of damaging a not-so-precious car. Don't wreck an M3, please!

P.S. I didn't read to the end of bagels post before suggesting Honda :p

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if you want the m3 as a first car cool, not the best choice but doable, lookout for maintenance paperwork from the seller the more the better. Expect to change that clutch a few times if your just learning. best way to learn do what i did, bought a honda civic for next to nothing learn how to drive stick in that. if your ok with driving in traffic with a manual do it, i wasnt so i got a smg since ny traffic is horrible. also know these s54 m3 are noisy so if you look at one remember that and be smart about what you are hearing if there is ticking or knocking be careful
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If you insist on buying an M3 as you're first car, and you shouldn't, you're better off buying a pos salvage title. You're gonna beat the crap out of it anyway as you first car and especially learning to drive stick so no point getting anything too nice. You're probably better off getting an smg. Or better yet a Honda.
My parents won't let me drive a non German car or I'd buy a Evo8
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Thanks for all the comments guys lmfaoo. I was thinking I can get an SMG and then when I get bored of it sell it and buy a stick or would switching transmissions be easier?
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then get a manual E46 that is not an M3
What's the point of getting one that's not the M I want a car that will whip a Q50 LMFAOO LA is full of them thanks doe
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What's the point of getting one that's not the M I want a car that will whip a Q50 LMFAOO LA is full of them thanks doe
So when you inevitably crash it (non-M) it won't really matter and you'll most likely have minimal injury.
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Jesus Christ.......

I feel bad for any German car you end up with, if that's your mentality.
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What's the point of getting one that's not the M I want a car that will whip a Q50 LMFAOO LA is full of them thanks doe

Its time to start growing up.

Buy an M3 after you move out of Mom and Dad's house.
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Whip q50? If your looking for a car to whip cars in straight line e46 m3 is not for you. And if thats why your buying that car u wont like the outcome of what will happen to you. Do a quick youtube to see all the crashes that happen to people attempting what you are describing. Goodluck!
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Whip q50? If your looking for a car to whip cars in straight line e46 m3 is not for you. And if thats why your buying that car u wont like the outcome of what will happen to you. Do a quick youtube to see all the crashes that happen to people attempting what you are describing. Goodluck!
I'm joking Jesus. I'm gonna have it be my daily driver for couple months till I can actually find a better job make it my weekend probably lease an Camry or CT200.
But seriously should I get the Stick one?
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Don't buy it if you don't have the job to take care of it first. If you'll get the job in a couple months, buy the car in a couple months. If you can only buy German, I don't know how the Camry will work. I highly suggest getting a 323 or 325 e46 as a first car for the first two weeks, it can teach you a lot. It'd be best to learn stick on one of those instead of a larger investment M3.

If this is really your first car, as others said, get an M3. My first car was a 328 (I learned to drive in a FWD car). I'll be honest, after my initial maintenance I drove it really hard, and had a close call control wise at high speeds around a corner. It taught me to be humble, and that a car doesn't make you invincible and that it's important to know how to handle power. You can't just throw "yo new whip" around roads, as others have said. If you're going from no wheels to four wheels, you should really take those two months it takes to find a better job learning stick on a car with less power.

I doubt anyone who's already talking about racing other cars has the responsibility to handle an E46 M3 as their first car. As others are saying, Honda (or even a standard E46 if you must buy German as you say) would be a better first car, even if it's only for those two months it takes to find a better job.
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Don't buy it if you don't have the job to take care of it first. If you'll get the job in a couple months, buy the car in a couple months. If you can only buy German, I don't know how the Camry will work. I highly suggest getting a 323 or 325 e46 as a first car for the first two weeks, it can teach you a lot. It'd be best to learn stick on one of those instead of a larger investment M3.

If this is really your first car, as others said, get an M3. My first car was a 328 (I learned to drive in a FWD car). I'll be honest, after my initial maintenance I drove it really hard, and had a close call control wise at high speeds around a corner. It taught me to be humble, and that a car doesn't make you invincible and that it's important to know how to handle power. You can't just throw "yo new whip" around roads, as others have said. If you're going from no wheels to four wheels, you should really take those two months it takes to find a better job learning stick on a car with less power.

I doubt anyone who's already talking about racing other cars has the responsibility to handle an E46 M3 as their first car. As others are saying, Honda (or even a standard E46 if you must buy German as you say) would be a better first car, even if it's only for those two months it takes to find a better job.
Thanks man idk what to but
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Thanks man idk what to but
If you want advice in the simplest of words, wait until you have the job, by a non-M E46 to learn stick for the two months it takes you to get the job necessary to afford an M3. Then, if you feel proficient at stick in two months, and are ready to handle something a little more, then sell the non M and trade up. I assume you're younger, so take it from someone who's 18 and who has slowly learned how to handle more powerful cars.

I started in a Hyundai, now drive a 328, have driven a handful of SMG M3's (the low end torque can slip out from underneath you if you are unskilled aka first car), and have properly handled an E93 M3. The 328 is why I am a "good driver" (I am by no means a professional). It is what taught me how a car balances and what to feel for if I lose grip on any wheel.

Again, I would HIGHLY encourage you buy something tamer while you learn. If you got a standard E46, you could get most if not all your money back by the time you're done learning stick. It took me about 4 months to feel comfortable driving anything significantly more powerful (ex: E46 M3)

I hope you can see the logic of my statement. Going from nothing, to a little more than something is a big learning curve. Having something in the middle could be very beneficial. This I promise you

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