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Old 10-11-2014, 07:01 PM   #1
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New daily driver to replace e46...thoughts?

Back in my E46, but it's coming coming up on 200k...so mind is wondering.

Would like to hear some feedback on the following short list. It would be nice if people commented based on actual experience and not only on what they read in some rag thou.

Not a big fan of 2 doors unless the car is special, and the list below has only one $35k budget.

In current order of consideration.

1. 2015 GTI with pp. (+ APR stage 1 for sure) Can get supplier pricing.
2. E90 335i LCI Msport
3. F30 328i Msport (2013 prolly, with low miles, not new)
4. e92 M3 coupe (friend wants to sell his 08 MT blue/red w 26k miles, I could get it below trade )
5. e90 328i Msport
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Old 10-12-2014, 12:12 AM   #2
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I just traded my 2012 328 F30 Modern Line pkg nav xenons and it was a great car, peppy especially with the turbo 4 cylinder, great fuel mileage but wanted something bigger and AWD so I just bought a 2011 New body F10 535xi sport pkg AWD with 50k for 29 grand and its a FANTASTIC car love it and nearly 35 mpg between city and highway driving, still drives like a small car but is just a beautiful car all around. id look at one if you havent, you can get them for about 30-35k depending on miles and options of course.
2003 330i ZHP 6 speed

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Old 10-12-2014, 02:03 AM   #3
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I think the answer is obvious, get another E46!
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:27 AM   #4
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I just test drove a 2015 GTI without PP package. Spectacular car, handles very well, and performs nicely. I'm considering trading in my E46 in for one with PP and the APR tune as well.
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:45 PM   #5
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Iam in the same delema. Golf is an option. I want a faster car than the one I known. Hyundai genesis coupe has caught my eyes but the back seat are small. I want a sport sedan :/
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:01 PM   #6
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I say e92 m3. Good color combo.

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Old 10-12-2014, 09:22 PM   #7
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GTI is really nice, I almost bought one but couldn't wait for the PP. I bought an E90 328i M-Sport instead, and it's been really great so far.

The E92 M3 is probably the worst choice on that list- expensive maintenance and abysmal gas mileage. It's also not really a great car for lounging about.

I'd do a 335i M-Sport first (11 only) if you can swing it, second either the GTI or E90 328i M-Sport depending on what you want out of the car. The GTI is more fun but the 328i is more grown up and a better highway car. The motors in order (for me) go N55, EA888 (from the MK7 only), N52 = N54, N20. That's factoring in throttle response, efficiency, sound, etc.

F30 328i is a slightly boring car to drive compared to the others listed.

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