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Old 12-05-2012, 01:17 PM   #41
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Oh alright,I see. Does it seem to make a good difference?
It does if you drive it hard. The car feels less roley-poley, and generally lighter on its feet, especially during transitions such as in an S curve.

The no fold down seats increase torsional rigidity dramatically. IIRC it jumps from 13,000nm to 17,000nm or something like that.

Yes could get a Technique Tuning Turbo kit, or AA or ESS SC, but if big power is your goal you might actually want to look into the M3. I personally will get a turbo for a ZHP eventually because the M3 isn't for me, I have decided.

Tracking costs a lot in itself (tires, brakes, fees, suspension) and the zhp is plenty up to teaching you how to be a better driver. I'd actually buy under your maximum budget if I were you- as I wish I had done.

The E46 M3 is much more of a commitment. From gas mileage to maintenance costs. But it is substantially faster.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:42 PM   #42
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OP and most posters are looking at this wrong. If you want to have fun at the track, mod the driver, don't switch cars. Buying a faster, more capable car just means you have a steeper learning curve. And yes, your current 330 is perfectly fine assuming all the maintenance is good, bushings aren't worn, brakes are not worn out, etc. Common sense thing. Buying a slicktop, ZHP, or M3....the ends don't justify the means.

~$50K a year is hardly big money, esp in Cali. If you really want to do it right and have the money to sustain it, buy a cheaper and easier-to-fix second car to track. Y'know, like an e30.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:26 AM   #43
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OP and most posters are looking at this wrong. If you want to have fun at the track, mod the driver, don't switch cars. Buying a faster, more capable car just means you have a steeper learning curve. And yes, your current 330 is perfectly fine assuming all the maintenance is good, bushings aren't worn, brakes are not worn out, etc. Common sense thing. Buying a slicktop, ZHP, or M3....the ends don't justify the means.

~$50K a year is hardly big money, esp in Cali. If you really want to do it right and have the money to sustain it, buy a cheaper and easier-to-fix second car to track. Y'know, like an e30.
Having a separate track car is not cheap. And

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Tracking costs a lot in itself (tires, brakes, fees, suspension) and the zhp is plenty up to teaching you how to be a better driver. I'd actually buy under your maximum budget if I were you- as I wish I had done.

The E46 M3 is much more of a commitment. From gas mileage to maintenance costs. But it is substantially faster.
He has a 325 right now, nothing wrong with wanting to upgrade to a 330.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #44
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Tracking your DD isn't cheap, either, especially when something breaks. The difference in 325/330 doesn't justify buying a new unknown used car, and isn't going to be much faster on the track...especially in the hands of someone inexperienced.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:39 PM   #45
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Sorry if its a noob question but why no sunroof?
no sunroof is for less top heavy weight. it lowers the center of gravity. but pretty sure it's not for rigidity
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:51 PM   #46
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you can find well maintained high mileage M3's around, about 20 miles away from me there was a guy selling a 2002 M3 coupe with 175k miles on ita few months back.. he was the original owner, had a book of maintenance and he babied it, it was a very nice M3 and he was asking 9 grand, cheap and well maintained, why is that so unreasonable? i would have bought it myself hadn't he sold it in 24 hours.

heres an example of a nice M3 it is a vert but still.. 79k miles
http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/cto/3456522661.html
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