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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 05-12-2017, 11:21 AM   #1
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To or not to vert

Hey guys I'm just curious as to what all coupe vs convertible owners think on this topic as I'm going to be in the market at looking for these in weeks to come. I live in the Chicagoland area so convertibles never seem like the best option but what do you think?
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Old 05-12-2017, 11:30 AM   #2
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I've had both and their are advantages and disadvantages to either choice. Most of the time I wish my current M3 was a coupe, but you really can't beat a spirited drive on a beautiful day with the top down.
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Chicago? I'm familiar with the weather there.

Coupe.

And have strong wheels (OEM 18s are fine). No low profile 19s. The roads there are rough.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:24 PM   #4
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I vote for the coupe too. You might pay a bit more for the coupe, but then so will the person who buys it form you some day.
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Old 05-13-2017, 10:40 AM   #5
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Hey guys I'm just curious as to what all coupe vs convertible owners think on this topic as I'm going to be in the market at looking for these in weeks to come. I live in the Chicagoland area so convertibles never seem like the best option but what do you think?


Living in St Louis, the vert has its pluses & minuses, but not what you would assume. Temperature and noise aren't a concern. Continued smooth operation of the top, 'bat wings', sliding covers and drain hole clogging is. Having dealt with all of these, they are more of a nuisance than problems. Easily fixed for not a lot of cash (BMW-wise) if you diy...just not intuitive. Vert's have some non-standard parts in the fitment area (think shocks, lighting, trunk, space, etc.).
However, the ability to drop the top at a moments notice, can not be given a price. Almost anything above 40 and I'm comfortable with the heat on high. This is so long as it's only front seat passengers, as rear passengers get heavy wind. And no, I don't have/use a wind screen.
Completely agree with Alan on rim size, I will never put 19's on the car, even if you gave them to me for free. If you want to make sure that there are less things to go wrong...avoid, park sensors, nav, smg, sketchy owner/pricing/service history, etc.
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Old 05-13-2017, 12:10 PM   #6
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As a convertible owner I agree. I bought this car specifically for my needs - this is a summer/fall weekend garage car (in PA) and I always wanted a vert. I will never track the car but when it's faster I'll take it to a drag strip. I have 2 little girls and wanted them to experience a convertible - they love it. I used that reasoning to convince the wife to let me buy it...

If you are a serious modder looking for speed then get the coupe. If your out for the whole experience, get the vert. In my opinion of course
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As a convertible owner I agree. I bought this car specifically for my needs - this is a summer/fall weekend garage car (in PA) and I always wanted a vert. I will never track the car but when it's faster I'll take it to a drag strip. I have 2 little girls and wanted them to experience a convertible - they love it. I used that reasoning to convince the wife to let me buy it...

If you are a serious modder looking for speed then get the coupe. If your out for the whole experience, get the vert. In my opinion of course
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