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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 10-18-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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Is the M3 a good cruiser?

Hi All,

Real noob question here, I have for the last 8 years been driving BMW's (E46 318i / E46 325ci / E90 330d) but have never actually driven or been in an M3. However looking to save £8k and have just sold the e90 for £22k so now have a budget of £14k which in my view is nice E46 M3 money or E90 330i.

My friend has a Nissan 350z which FEELS extremely fast and extremely raw all the time, to the point that I would not want to live with it. It doesn't allow for a relaxing drive. However when did put them side by my 330d was quicker, but sure doesn't feel like it. So, really my question is about how M3's are setup.

I guess the best way of putting the question is that if driving it normally (in a manor the police would approve off), such as doing 30 through town in a 30 limit or 70 (ok 85 ) in 70 limit, would the car give you the smooth relaxing drive like an E46 325ci / 330ci or is it all raw all the time for a sports feel?

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Old 10-18-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:56 AM   #3
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E46 m=The best cruiser. E36 m is more of a raw feeling, although still very smooth.

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Old 10-18-2013, 01:24 PM   #4
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Depends really what your setup is, if you're on stock suspension and wheels you should be fine. I definitely love cruising down the 101 on the weekends. 70 feels like 50 in an M tho haha
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Re: Is the M3 a good cruiser?

It's a great cruiser as long as it hasn't been modded. Wheels, tires, suspension and chipping will diminish the cars comfort for a cruise. Chipping typically makes the sport button useless as if it were in permanent sport mode. I like having the sport option.

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Old 10-18-2013, 01:44 PM   #6
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Depends really what your setup is, if you're on stock suspension and wheels you should be fine. I definitely love cruising down the 101 on the weekends. 70 feels like 50 in an M tho haha
LOL this. 100 felt like 70 for me last night.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:20 PM   #7
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I love going on long drives in my M. Nothing like hitting nice bendy stretch of road and letting it do its thing.
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