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Old 02-10-2013, 07:48 PM   #21
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e60 M5 has plenty power, but it is heavy! I would rather just get the e46 M to be honest.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:00 PM   #22
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I think the M3 would be my second choice. 240 is my first, as of right now.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:11 PM   #23
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240 over an M3?!? Say it ain't so
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:16 PM   #24
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I'm a bit confused as to what you're price range actually looks like (5-20k), I can say maintenance costs are always a killer when calculating the actual cost of ownership. I would stay away from the 335, they have issues with fuel pumps crapping out, injectors, water pumps, all of which are very expensive.

I wouldn't worry about pushing the car, just have it inspected for any issues. I felt the same way about my e46 being fragile.

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:09 AM   #25
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Option 1:
Overall nicer/newer car
Looks more modern/fresh
Better stock handling
More expensive for maintenance/mods
Payments for a few years+
Overall more expensive
3500 lbs+
Less power
More practical
Less ability to go out and have fun w/o worrying about something breaking

Option 2:
90's sr20det
More fun
Well built (@PSI) to 400+ w/ good tune
More aftermarket support
Less expensive to mod/maintain
Faster than a lot of other cars
<3100 lbs w/ driver
Ability to go f*** around and basically not care
Reliable motor
Sounds better
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:16 AM   #26
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:26 AM   #27
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Option 1:
Overall nicer/newer car
Looks more modern/fresh
Better stock handling
More expensive for maintenance/mods
Payments for a few years+
Overall more expensive
3500 lbs+
Less power
More practical
Less ability to go out and have fun w/o worrying about something breaking

Option 2:
90's sr20det
More fun
Well built (@PSI) to 400+ w/ good tune
More aftermarket support
Less expensive to mod/maintain
Faster than a lot of other cars
<3100 lbs w/ driver
Ability to go f*** around and basically not care
Reliable motor
Sounds better
I know where you are coming from...My friend has a Silvia and I have a BMW...his has way more performance potential and is cheaper to upgrade, etc, etc...But damn is my car WAY more comforatable to drive around daily and doesn't sound like the body is about to fall off everytime I go over a speed bumb...think about it, just because your running gear is built and new, the body is still @ or over 20 years old!!! If you have thought about a 335i, may a suggest the Evo...faster, more reliable and EVERYONE tunes them (more so than the 240 scene) and way more comforatable than the Silvia...

Or....you could finish paying off your car, and build what you have...There are plenty of people on here that have built 330i's...Think about the daily driving portion of you wants and ask yourself if you really want to not have conversations in your car because no-one can hear you over the exhaust

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:55 AM   #28
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Yeah there's always going to be that age difference between the two. the S-chassis will be 20+ years old as opposed to a newer car that's less than 10 years old.
I thought about an Evo, and it could still happen. Still deciding between my options!

I don't want to build a non M 3 series.. that's just weird to me lol. I'd get an M3 if I wanted to mod a BMW.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:00 AM   #29
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Approximately how much it'll cost me for each option.. good condition/low mileage..
Stock Evo - 22-25k.
Stock G35 - 15-18k
Stock M3 - 19-22k
Built 240 - 18-20k (2-4k for chassis, 2k for motor/tranny, 7-8k for build parts, 3k for suspension/wheels, 1k for fix ups, 2k for paint)
Stock 135i - 19-21k

EVO - The AWD and somewhat boring interior is kind of holding me back (besides the seats). AWD isn't bad (you'd be a dumbass to think so), I just want RWD, and a decent interior.
G35 - I've always wanted one for some reason. I like how they look, and they can look real sexy with just some wheels/suspension thrown on. They're not too fast though.. and they're not too mod friendly. Although I'd be happy to throw on a Motordyne exhaust on one!
M3 - It's an M3. Classy, sexy, quick. Not fast. 333 is a decent amount of power. Again though, it's a BMW and I'd have to worry about something breaking every time I smash the gas pedal, and it won't be cheap.
240 - The chassis obviously older, but they're still popular and they're still sexy! The motor would be beast, it'd be fast considering I'd build it to 400+hp, and it would look fresh.. but in the end it would still be an early 90's car that has 20k put into it, and the reliability/life of the built motor would be unknown. I could buy a nicer car.
135i - Never driven it, never even sat in one.. the 300hp TT seems fun though, and I like the look of it! Don't know much about it though.

How is each car, maintenance wise?
I think from cheapest to most expensive, it'll be - 240, EVO, G35, 135i, M3.

Thoughts?

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Old 02-12-2013, 12:17 PM   #30
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why not get a s2000, 350z, the 240 is a good choice also... 350z are cool but dont corners as well as a s2k does but the 350 has a bit more tq.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:18 PM   #31
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oh and you can get a good s2k for about 9-11k
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:19 PM   #32
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Approximately how much it'll cost me for each option.. good condition/low mileage..
Stock Evo - 22-25k.
Stock G35 - 15-18k
Stock M3 - 19-22k
Built 240 - 18-20k (2-4k for chassis, 2k for motor/tranny, 7-8k for build parts, 3k for suspension/wheels, 1k for fix ups, 2k for paint)
Stock 135i - 19-21k

EVO - The AWD and somewhat boring interior is kind of holding me back (besides the seats). AWD isn't bad (you'd be a dumbass to think so), I just want RWD, and a decent interior.
G35 - I've always wanted one for some reason. I like how they look, and they can look real sexy with just some wheels/suspension thrown on. They're not too fast though.. and they're not too mod friendly. Although I'd be happy to throw on a Motordyne exhaust on one!
M3 - It's an M3. Classy, sexy, quick. Not fast. 333 is a decent amount of power. Again though, it's a BMW and I'd have to worry about something breaking every time I smash the gas pedal, and it won't be cheap.
240 - The chassis obviously older, but they're still popular and they're still sexy! The motor would be beast, it'd be fast considering I'd build it to 400+hp, and it would look fresh.. but in the end it would still be an early 90's car that has 20k put into it, and the reliability/life of the built motor would be unknown. I could buy a nicer car.
135i - Never driven it, never even sat in one.. the 300hp TT seems fun though, and I like the look of it! Don't know much about it though.

How is each car, maintenance wise?
I think from cheapest to most expensive, it'll be - 240, EVO, G35, 135i, M3.

Thoughts?
g35 not mod friendly? lol its a more luxerious 350z! most of the same mods apply..
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:53 PM   #33
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Not getting an s2k lol they have the same torque as the 2000 Accord I had. They're only fun to drive above 5-6k rpm.
Everyone and their mom has a 350. Them and g35's aren't mod friendly.

I'm really interested in the 135. I've read that their fuel pump goes out quickly? Anyone know anything about that?
I've read about the JB3, I'd be interested in that as well as a FMI, downpipe, catback..
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:53 PM   #34
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e36 m3 turbo do it!
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