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Old 05-10-2013, 12:20 AM   #1
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C32 AMG or BMW M3?

I'm looking to purchase another car in August... I know most of you would prefer an M3 over a C32 AMG but that's a given. Given the cost of maintenance, which would be cheaper over to long run? I'm thinking around a 2002 AMG or a 2002 M3...
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:00 AM   #4
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In my honest opinion as I own a Mercedes and a BMW given the year you are thinking about I would go BMW, if it were between a new m3 or C63 then I would say the AMG all day... Also maintance o benz a new one at that cost me 250 AYEAR or every 10,000 miles, pretty damn cheap if you ask me..
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I'm looking to purchase another car in August... I know most of you would prefer an M3 over a C32 AMG but that's a given. Given the cost of maintenance, which would be cheaper over to long run? I'm thinking around a 2002 AMG or a 2002 M3...
E46 M3...

No argument here. I think the C32 AMG is actually a quicker car. However, repair cost alone on that second hand MBZ would keep me from owning one. The M3 is just a better car all around and will a lot less in the long run.
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I've owned/own both at different times and both at the same time. If I had to pick one it would be M3 all day. The C32 is nice but if you like to mod cars the market is small which usually equates to more money for those. As for repairs, maintenance, etc. the costs are slightly higher. If you go with C32 look to make sure trans is good, check all power functions from seats, windows, seat heaters, etc.

M3 is just much more of a driver's car where as C32 is more of a car to be driven in.
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Troll post? The AMG of old is like BMW M of today, fast and comfy. Parts and maintenance will be pricey and hardly a 100th of a percent of aftermarket parts available in comparison to the m3.
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Wouldn't the CLK55 AMG be a better comparison?
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Agreed. I paid over $200 for a fuel pump relay for my '84 Merc. Insanity, yo.
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I have owned both cars. C32 was a great car but The M3 is just so much more of a drivers car. Like others have said the maintenance cost of the MB and availibility of parts sucks. The major drawback the MB has is the auto trans. just my 2 cents.
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