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Old 07-10-2013, 02:23 PM   #61
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Can you clarify please?
Meant the door windows. 2-doors do that.

I'm in a meeting, I should be paying more attention in-between things
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:25 PM   #62
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from here I think it's an E46 M3. not anytime soon though... I'm still enjoying my time with the non M
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:31 PM   #63
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:38 PM   #64
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:39 PM   #65
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I needed an M.

E30 is way to much money.

E36....i love them. But they all look the same. Dated IMO

E46 will break your neck, inside & outside of the car. Classy enough to pick up clients in, once we get the yellow situation out of the way that is

E9x still expensive, looks to similar to all e90's unless done up. No I6


Regardless, i have love for every model, M or not. The e46 just always tickled me upon seeing one. Its just the natural attraction people develop. Everyone's got one.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:50 PM   #66
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E9x still expensive, looks to similar to all e90's unless done up. No I6

I also am a bit bummed that the E9X M doesn't have the I6....
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:03 PM   #67
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:20 PM   #68
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I posted this in a previous thread but ill post here also. I've always been a fan of BMW. I wanted a daily driver that did everything well. Fun to drive when I need it to be, good on gas at hwy speed, DIY friendly, as good as any suv with winter tires in light-med heavy snow, classic timeless design to a point when I detail my car my friends that are non-car people ask me if I bought a new car. Oh and an added bonus of an E46 community that is still going strong.

It's the most fun and most fulfiling car to have because there's no other car that I can think of investing more money into that will give back so much driving pleasure than any used car in the market, other than maybe an E46 M3. Im in year 13 and It's a constant struggle to go all in on mods/maintenace or just call it a day and trade/sell her. I've never been so attached to a car this much that I'am actually strugling to find a proper replacement without burning too much of a hole in my pocket. It only takes a spirited drive on twisty roads on a nice day and all those thoughts of selling go out the window.

Oh and the chick magnet feature is by far the best under-advertised option that came with the car
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:49 PM   #69
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I ask myself that question every single day..... self-loathing???? Haha

I actually drove a Jetta as my commuter until I got tail ended on the freeway last year by a drunk driver which caused a four car accident. While I was waiting to get my insurance $$$ my buddy who managed an insurance auction yard called me up and told me he had a clean 330i with a 5 speed with 200k miles on his lot. Said it needed a clutch, but i should be able to get it cheap. I went down there and drove it (clutch was slipping like crazy), and knew I had to have one. I bid on that one, but lost the auction cuz my max was too low. After that it was off to look for another one. Found mine down in the Bay Area. Pretty sure I got BS'd pretty good, but about $2500 later I'm almost half way done w/ repairs/preventive maintenance. Joined this forum and started reading up on them (and still bought one, you'd think i'da been scared away).

Been a love/hate relationship ever since.... Haha.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:37 PM   #70
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:42 PM   #71
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Once you close the doors on a coupe the windows return up about a 1/4" to seal themselves I've never seen another car do that. I believe this is what Zell is referring to, I'm sure it has a technical name for it that I don't know.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:53 PM   #72
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I originally wanted an e30 really badly, but after searching and talking with parents I determined that at this point in my life, a car that old might not be the best to start out with. I really wanted an e36 then, but I couldnt find anything good around my area. I then started to look for BMWS in general to see what was out there, found a couple e46's. Thought it was a good point between modern technology and not having a massive price tag. It looks good, but mine needs some adjustments to get it to my liking, but I think its a good looking car. The engine is solid and the amenities that are offered in the cabin are great. Nothing over the top or bare minimum.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:55 PM   #73
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Uh the E36 coupe windows do that and so does the G35 coupe. I think a lot of older coupes with frameless windows do that as well. it does that out of necessity, not to make the cabin quieter. (even though that may be an indirect secondary result)
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:03 PM   #74
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:00 PM   #76
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I will also say that mango hit the nail on the head and took the words right out of my mouth. Great cars with a fantastic balance of everything that I look for in a car. I worked for BMW when the e46 first came out for sale and I remember the first time I drove one. They are still to date one of the most solid cars I've ever driven, of course this is when all original parts are refreshed and running as it did when new. The only issue with me remembering what the e46 drove like new is the amount of cash it costs me to get and keep mine performing and running as it did back then. I'm now on my 3rd E46 and I couldn't see myself not having one sitting in the garage to drive.


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Old 07-10-2013, 07:09 PM   #77
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Uh the E36 coupe windows do that and so does the G35 coupe. I think a lot of older coupes with frameless windows do that as well. it does that out of necessity, not to make the cabin quieter. (even though that may be an indirect secondary result)
The first car I saw with this feature was a Boxster, back in 2002 or so. As you say, the cars with frameless windows (coupes and verts) have it. I think it's there to ensure a good seal between the glass and the weather strip without tearing up the weather strip.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:12 PM   #78
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The e46 is an amazing car, I really feel like I shouldn't have traded it in for an e90. But it's still a BMW and still is pretty much the ultimate driving machine.


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Old 07-10-2013, 07:19 PM   #79
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The first car I saw with this feature was a Boxster, back in 2002 or so. As you say, the cars with frameless windows (coupes and verts) have it. I think it's there to ensure a good seal between the glass and the weather strip without tearing up the weather strip.
Yeah many cars have a metal frame that goes on top of the window. The window glass needs to clear that frame/rubber/etc. so when it closes it closes against the seal and not against hard metal. nothing at all fancy, spooky, or clever about it. It's like mentioning how the blinkers make a clicky sound when you activate them.
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Uh the E36 coupe windows do that and so does the G35 coupe. I think a lot of older coupes with frameless windows do that as well. it does that out of necessity, not to make the cabin quieter. (even though that may be an indirect secondary result)
I've been in plenty of frameless-window cars that don't do that. Subaru Foresters, None of the Fords of that area, just to name a few. It's not a necessity, it's a luxury feature that you would expect from a luxury brand. The Subaru and Fords that I've been in were about as old as my car, and they had annoying whistles right in the door seals from both age and poor design.

Whenever people close my passenger door, that's what they always comment on.
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