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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 03-25-2017, 10:15 PM   #1
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If you had to replace your E46 M3, what would you buy?

I have a neighbor that sold her E46 M3 a few years ago, went to Benz and is ready to come back to BMW. We test drove a 2016 M2 and she's set on buying it.

It made me think...If I had to retire my M3 as my daily driver, whether to sell, restore, make a show car, track car, etc...What would I buy that is 1) comparable and 2) attainable? I decided on a 2016 M2 as well. No, I'm not selling my car anytime soon but it is interest to think about.

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Old 03-25-2017, 10:28 PM   #2
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Old 03-25-2017, 10:30 PM   #3
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M2 convertible when they decide to build one.

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That would be a solid, fun choice.
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:48 PM   #4
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:55 PM   #5
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Tough call. Nothing is going to be comparable in the same price range as the E46 M3. If I had to stick in that same price range though (including a warrantee), I'd probably look at the Fiesta ST. My friend has one and it is loads of fun. It makes power very differently, but the handling is really great. For a new, fuel economic, practical car to daily that is still fun to drive, the STs are great. If warrantee and fuel consumption was not a factor in the decision, I would absolutely be looking at the E92 M3 platform. The car does nearly everything that I like about the E46 M3, but in some aspects, it does it better. For the price that these have fallen to, it would be silly not to have it on the radar. I suspect that in 10 years the value will be great considering it will be the only NA V8 M3 ever made, and that engine is just feels like such an occasion to drive. The handling also surprised me, it was incredible. The steering is not as raw as the E46 M3, but the handling was just as good, if not better. The M2 and the future M2 CSL would certainly also be on my radar (assuming the price does not have to be equal to the E46 M3). I have yet to drive an M2, but it would be high on my list. Finally, ideally if i retired my E46 M3, I would like to be in the financial position to upgrade into the Porsche platform. The 911 Turbo S and the GT series cars (Cayman GT4 and 911 GTS/GT3/RS/R) are all in leagues of their own. Of course, this last set of cars are quite a lot more when it comes to the cost of entry, but the driver experience and performance are miles above anything I have ever experienced. I LOVE my car, but ever since experiencing the 911 Turbo S first hand, it has completely ruined me....I won't even lie. That car is heroin.
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Old 04-02-2017, 10:32 PM   #6
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Old 04-04-2017, 02:29 AM   #7
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If I had to post my car for sale, I would be the first one respond to the ad...and I would offer full price.

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Old 04-04-2017, 01:22 PM   #9
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Old 04-04-2017, 03:05 PM   #10
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Old 04-04-2017, 08:24 PM   #11
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I own both the E46 M3 and M2 and I can say the M2 feels like the future version of the E46. But as a one car daily driver I'd say depending on where you live and how much size you need.

TTRS, RS3, Macan , Civic Type R or Golf R are all good choices depending on your needs. Focus RS is good but the interior is bad for what you paid.
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