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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 11-14-2012, 09:34 AM   #21
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Drive it. It you fall in love like I'm sure most of us current M3 owners did then do it. Parts prices can be scary, but it usually comes in spurts.

Just take your time buying one. The price premium that well maintained cars demand is worth it in the long run. They can go downhill pretty quick if neglected. I found many sad examples when I was shopping for mine. Get a good one and you should only have to worry about scheduled maintenance for a while, which is well documented on m3forum.net so you can pretty well plan out expenditures. Not 100% of course because crap happens. It's still an E46.

Buy a "bargain" one and you're most likely going to get punched in the face with unexpected expenses on top of regular maintenance costs and the ownership experience is going to be tainted.

Word of advice, though. Just because you can technically afford something doesn't mean that it's worth buying it. If unexpected repairs are going to hurt you financially, even if you have enough to cover the cost, then don't do it. You'll be paranoid the entire time you own the car.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:40 AM   #22
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The only thing that I don't like about the M3 is the seats...my ass is numbs after an hour+ of driving
lol's I thought I was getting old :-). After a long drive, my left bottom was not feeling good.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:52 PM   #23
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I love my M3, but its not for everyone. If you are already getting sticker shock with the parts and the repairs you should just pass. It won't get better as time goes on.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:55 PM   #24
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Drive one....totally different experience. I had a perfect 330ci with only 24K miles on it. Car drove perfect. Was sporty yet still smooth and the transmission was like butter. Always wanted an M3. I had to drive like 10 cars. Gave up twice cause all the cars I drove were beat to hell. Then I drove my last M3. WOW...the condition of the interior wasn't great, but the motor had so much life in it. Sold my 330ci at a 2k loss to drive that car home. Never looked back...I will say for a short period within the first couple of weeks I found out about all the weird things with the M3. You will hear a clunk noise when putting it into gear with a manual. Don't panic it's 100% normal.

The advice above is correct on a well maintained car. My first M3 was enjoyable to drive and had tons of power, but it had issues. I got an aftermarket warranty and I was glad I got it. My current M3 I paid up for a low mileage car (26K). Totally has been worth the extra $$$. Way less issues...word of advice - PAY UP for the nice one.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:56 PM   #25
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When you buy the m3 , just be prepared for some extra cash to start flowing into it.

Get the PPI done before hand so you will not be given a lemon(busted ass used car)
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:16 PM   #26
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