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Old 07-21-2016, 01:14 PM   #1
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Awesome affordable cars for young people: M3 vs 330ci



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Old 07-21-2016, 01:26 PM   #2
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2 very different cars, this has been rehashed 1000 times.

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Old 07-21-2016, 01:31 PM   #3
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Nice clip! Hadn't seen that before.

Makes me pine for the days when TGUK used to do reviews like that...

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Old 07-21-2016, 01:31 PM   #4
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I chose a 335is over a E46 M3
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Old 07-21-2016, 02:01 PM   #5
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Lol, its funny I say this all the time..I have the poor mans m3...i have a 2000 328ci, it has the m rims, and the front ground effects that make it look really close to the m3. I get some looks and compliments i think people think its an M3..fine with me haha.
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Old 07-21-2016, 03:06 PM   #6
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I put on m3 mirrors, lowered my drag by 3.50 points, now my cars just as fast as it was meant to be from the factory!
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Old 07-21-2016, 03:07 PM   #7
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If you understand the point of a manual gearbox, there is little need for an M3, particularly for a kid with little money or assets.
Learn to use the 225hp of a 330i is what most people never learn anyway. It's all about optimal rpm range for spirited driving.

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