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Old 07-10-2013, 06:45 AM   #41
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Hmm haven't heard that but I really hope they are making another! If there is another it will be the 4th though.
My bad. You're right, the fourth. I know that Jason Statham is going to be in the next fast and furious.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:53 AM   #42
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because e46's are simply BADASS!!
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:03 AM   #43
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My bad. You're right, the fourth. I know that Jason Statham is going to be in the next fast and furious.
Can't wait for that!

Sorry for the thread jack wildirish! Also, did you catch me quoting you a couple of posts back?
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:31 AM   #44
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By the time I could afford to buy a car, the E46 was in production so it was a no brainer
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:52 AM   #45
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^^ I did the opposite. Started with an E46, then bought an E30. Nice one by the way!
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:53 AM   #46
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I totally agree with what Mango had mentioned.

Also my first BMW was an E32 735i and this car was special. I ended up selling it and getting my first E46 which was a 323I.

I remember going to the Atlanta International Auto Show back in the days and falling in love the E46 M3 right away. I told myself that one day I will own this car.

After a couple of years owning the E46, I totalled my car. I ended up getting a Honda Accord through my college years and telling myself one day I will own this car again. April of last year it happened, and I acquired an 01' Alpine White 330ci ZSP. Driving it always keeps a smile on my face.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:03 AM   #47
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I was looking for a Mercedes W202 but couldn't find one in decent shape at a decent price. My best friend had a e38 so I started looking at BMWs and found mine. When I test drove it, I fell in love with the engine and the interior.
Only regret I have is that I should have learned more before buying to make a wise choice. Mine wasn't properly maintained. I spent too much money, but I just can't part with the car now.
260K km (160k miles) and it still feels special every time I drive.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:04 AM   #48
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I've always liked e46 coupes pretty much one of my favorite cars and I've had 35 cars. I still have 4 currently but the e46 is the most fun to drive. Its a sport package and black so after that I was sold. My only regret is that I didn't get it as a 5 speed
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:11 AM   #49
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Cause I couldn't afford a 335i 2-door when I was looking at it, and the 2-door E46 facelift grew on me. Then I found out about the ZHP and concluded if I were to settle on an E46, that's what it would have to be.

So I did, and I've been really, really happy with my purchase. I don't know how long I'll keep it for, but I know for a fact it's going to be sold for an F32 when I am in the market It's running great now and was paid in full, so I have no reason to rush into a new car just yet. Not a big believer in financing vehicles.

Then I found out about the ZHP Mafia, and honestly, what a great group of people they are over there. It's always such a great time at the bi-yearly meet. Really good forums, too. It was convenient, because they had just really started up right around the time I purchased my car.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:51 PM   #50
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Mango's summary of the synergy of the car is spot on. Plus, look at it, it's beautiful!
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:22 PM   #51
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I've always admired BMWs (2002s, CS coupes, even the 528e) since i was a teenager, working at a gas station, many moons ago. I gave my 5speed Integra GSR to my daughter when she graduated from college. I finally could afford a BMW and I couldn't pass on this one - 2.5 yo with only 16k miles. Brand new was $44k and I bought for $32k from a private seller. It was like brand new and I saved several thousand on the depreciation hit.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:40 PM   #52
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Just what was it about the BMW experience, for you?

I'd like to hear your stories about just what it was about a BMW that turned you all into fanatics.

I remember the first time I drove my mom's new 2005 325i. It was nothing really special as far as E46's go. It was just a run of the mill 325i with Premium Package. No Sport Package or anything. But what really got me was the M54. I absolutely loved the way that German tuned I-6 drove. Acceleration was so silky smooth, the A/T transmission had nice smooth transitions, the M54 had a wonderful song even in a new car with stock exhaust and stock airbox. It was an absolute joy to wind that engine up and the experience of driving that masterfully crafted drive train is something I was not about to forget. Since then I've had the pleasure of driving other BMW's. From M3's to M5's to 328's to 330's to 323's, 7 series, more 5 series, etc.. And all of them are just a thrill to drive. BMW does not lie when they say they make the ultimate driving machine. Even my mom's run of the mill grocery-getter E46 felt like it was built from the ground up for the driving experience.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:47 PM   #53
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Re: Why Did You Choose an E46?

I have had my eye on buying a bmw for years. When I saw an add online for a 318i (1999) for just 600 euros I jumped on it. It needs a little work, but what car of its age doesnt.

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Once Mango gave his two cents there was really no point on continuing this thread.... Hehehe
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:51 PM   #55
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The M54 does sound nice. There are days I regret drowning it out with the BMW Performance Exhaust.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:53 PM   #56
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It's all about the balance. It's balanced in every aspect.

1. Weight distribution
2. power output
3. price
4. styling is timeless
5. practicality (less so for the coupe)
6. efficiency
7. handling is supreme
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The M54 does sound nice. There are days I regret drowning it out with the BMW Performance Exhaust.
I prefer more quiet exhaust and an intake so you can hear the engine working.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:18 PM   #58
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I prefer more quiet exhaust and an intake so you can hear the engine working.
That was the setup I had, M54 + BMW Performance Intake. That was a really soulful combo.

Then the exhaust went on sale and I said "why not?". I guess I'm living my why not.
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I am drawn to the steering, hands-down. It's so perfectly weighted.

That, and I love the technology. Rain-sensing wipers, how the doors suck themselves up into the body of the car for a better seal, adaptive xenons, Brake Force Display, DSC, the quiet cabin - I'm all about that stuff. I've got all that stuff, and a car that can perform very well. I'll never buy a bare-bones BMW. Too boring to me.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:21 PM   #60
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I am drawn to the steering, hands-down. It's so perfectly weighted.

That, and I love the technology. Rain-sensing wipers, how the doors suck themselves up into the body of the car for a better seal, adaptive xenons, Brake Force Display, DSC, the quiet cabin - I'm all about that stuff. I've got all that stuff, and a car that can perform very well. I'll never buy a bare-bones BMW. Too boring to me.
Can you clarify please?
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