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Old 03-23-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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Back in a BMW - Techno Violet E36 M3 Content

Well as some of you may know, after wrecking my second E46 last July, I made a huge mistake and bought an Audi S4. It was the absolute worst car I've ever had the displeasure of owning. I have absolutely zero faith in Audi/VW design and engineering and I'm never gong to purchase another one of their vehicles during my lifetime.

Anyway, I came across this nice Techno Violet M3 for sale by a dealer in Phoenix last Tuesday. I emailed him about the possibility of a trade, my S4 for the M3. He promptly responded and we negotiated a deal. I checked out the car on Thursday and we finalized the transaction on Saturday.

The M3 is a 1999, Techno Violet on Mulberry Vaders, 138k, 5MT. I saw her up on a lift before making the purchase and I was stunned at how clean the underside was. Nothing is leaking, not even the oil pan gasket. There isn't even residue on anything sans one worn out damper which will soon be replaced. Very little play in the suspension. Overall she's definitely not perfect and she has some character, but I'm just in love with the car and driving it is an absolute pleasure. It's a completely different world than the over-engineered, unbalanced Audi.









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Old 03-23-2014, 07:08 PM   #2
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Very nice pickup/find. I trust you'll do the right things with this car. It looks great!
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:03 AM   #3
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Awesome color and good find.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:10 PM   #4
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:37 PM   #5
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Great find. Looks like she was really taken care of
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:01 PM   #6
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Old 03-24-2014, 04:40 PM   #7
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Nice.

What didn't you like about the S4?
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:01 PM   #8
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:33 PM   #9
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Awesome example, love Techno on E36 M3's
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Im jealous!

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love the color good call on the e36!
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Thanks everyone!!! I appreciate the praise

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What didn't you like about the S4?
First off, Audi's are inherently unbalanced because the engine and a ton of weight from the FWD components is forward of the axle. I definitely loved having a V8 that revved to 7,000 and a car with tons of nice features that was extremely smooth at essentially Autobahn speeds. Unfortunately it was extremely unreliable. The original engine had scored cylinder walls and worn out timing components. My local Audi dealer completely fucked up the repair and Audi of America ended up having a short block installed at no cost. Overall a bunch of bs and I still wasn't happy with the car after all was said and done. I'm really glad to be back in a car with a nice inline 6 and RWD. I also think BMWs tend to age more gracefully than Audi's. The AC broke in my S4 the weekend before I traded it, quoted $3,200 at the dealership and over $1,200 by an independent. No thanks. Nearly every single feature on the E36 still functions normally. She looks old but I must say I enjoy driving her every day.
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Glad to see you back in a BMW, Alex. Techno Violet is an absolutely gorgeous color, great find.
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looks nice and clean,
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I see, just curious as my brother has a 2007 S4 which is the B7 body style and supposedly has the updated 4.2 in it. He's had no issues at all but it could be that, the car was maintained at the Audi dealership its whole life, and I love driving it!

Its a very far comparison from RWD BMWs, you really cant compare the two, but i enjoy driving my other brothers e46 M3 just as much, and it gets much better gas mileage lol.

Great pick up, looks mint!
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Love techno violet it polishes up so nice! That's a NICE example! Can't wait to see how this goes

Good choice getting rid of the Audi I'm yet to drive one that doesn't scream BORING
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I see, just curious as my brother has a 2007 S4 which is the B7 body style and supposedly has the updated 4.2 in it. He's had no issues at all but it could be that, the car was maintained at the Audi dealership its whole life, and I love driving it!

Its a very far comparison from RWD BMWs, you really cant compare the two, but i enjoy driving my other brothers e46 M3 just as much, and it gets much better gas mileage lol.

Great pick up, looks mint!
The B7 platform is quite similar to the B6 in many regards and our engines are very similar as well, the largest difference being upgraded timing components on his and mine being installed later. My S4 was dealer maintained it's entire life and it still needed a new engine after 100k. That's utterly pathetic. The car had a ton of nice features and they used great building materials, but the design was horrible and eventually everything would break. I had every service record since new and bought it from the original owner and it still turned out to be a pile of junk in the end. And quite a bit more expensive than BMW ownership costs I might add. I could go on and on and give examples, but I think Audi/VW just tends to overthink a lot of things while BMW designs tend to stand the test of time.
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Good choice getting rid of the Audi I'm yet to drive one that doesn't scream BORING
I haven't even given her a good detail yet, but I'm sure looking forward to it! Fortunately she doesn't need any immediate maintenance just yet. I'll be ordering a few odds and ends this week like floor mats, a shift knob and a sunshade, and this summer I want to refresh to the suspension and get some sway bars but by and large, she is solid!

And I must say, my S4, being able to take on stock STis and numerous other fast cars was quite exciting. Having a V8 that revved to over 7k was also quite exciting, but a bit laborious to drive on a daily basis.
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So hawt! Such a great car in stock form too, no need to mess with it too much. Great upgrade, from a driving perspective and from one of mental stability.
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Congratulations, that's a pretty one! Love that color, and glad to hear you are enjoying it.
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Beautiful car man! Looks very well maintained, and the rarity of the color is something to be proud of. Any plans for modifications?
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