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Old 05 October 2015, 08:34 PM
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After 11 years of turbo Jap cars I'm tempted to change to a M3 coupe.

I know a few guys here have done similar, so what are the pros and cons?
I've heard they are quick, but not exciting.

I'm only looking at manual coupes, and know about making sure the boot floor has been sorted, but is there anything else to look for?

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You won't be happy compared to your previous cars. They are good mid-top ender cars and more refined for a daily but that it really
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youll get bored quickly...i did
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Originally Posted by Moley_WRX View Post
After 11 years of turbo Jap cars I'm tempted to change to a M3 coupe.

I know a few guys here have done similar, so what are the pros and cons?
I've heard they are quick, but not exciting.

I'm only looking at manual coupes, and know about making sure the boot floor has been sorted, but is there anything else to look for?
M tax on parts. Rust. Suspension poor on bumpy roads. Need to red line it to feel engaging, feels like gears last forever. Fitted RS29 front pads to my second M3 and much better than OEM pads. In the wet you won't keep up with Jap crap.

Skids amazingly well on track unmodified but you need lots of space to drift in 3rd gear and it can be snappy if you are generally inept like me.

They aren't refined. Maybe halfway between an Evo and a Lexus.

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Old 05 October 2015, 09:43 PM
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Well having made the switch to the 325 at weekend I can honestly say that I'll never go back to jap. The level refinement is on a different planet. Obviously an E46 M3 will bit more roar than my e92 325 but it is still quick, sounds great and looks the nuts. Plus if you do just want to just sit back and enjoy the drive, you can.

A jap cars idea of that is breaking your spine!

I'll always love the Impreza and Evo but cars have moved in terms of quality and refinement. Yes, it may not do 60 in 4 seconds but who really cares?

Plus like you said, we're getting old mate!

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On the 3 m3s I've had I found the rear sub frame prone to crack, rear springs to snap, back box connections rust away, also the tappets have to be adjusted manually on services but is often missed, last one is security. I had my last one stolen without a key so would reccomend a tracker etc
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Old 06 October 2015, 09:30 AM
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Been there done that, as you know, lasted 6 months lol i really wouldn't bother mate, you'll get bored very very quickly.

rear subframe cracks as you say, 1000 mile running service is a must on em as well as full history. Watch out for what options it has, some are known as poverty spec lol the fewer the blank buttons the better

Also get ready for big big bills. 3 year service on em will not get you much change from 2k

o also SMG semi auto is fun
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Always fancied a E46 M3 whether I will ever get one is a another story.
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Old 06 October 2015, 09:46 PM
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If you can drive you will really enjoy it. And I mean drive, not point and shoot like most Subaru owners do. Very capable cars in the right hands.
Personally I've never owned one, yet have been in a few. Go for it I say
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Old 06 October 2015, 10:11 PM
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Great road cars . As someone mentioned you can pottle around like in a normal refined car and have a blast on the longer stretch . However it's not a fun car , unless you rev the nuts out of it. But where and how often will that happen in the real world? Coming from Impreza and Evo to such a lazy power delivery will be disappointing (as i have found out ) . It's a great all rounder but not a weekend toy .

On track it shines , it needs more precision and skill to make it fast , rear end feedback is great and controllable , balance in general seemed to be great with the right Geo to eliminate understeer. Once they roll , they don't need all that torque to keep them going , as we Turbo guys always brag about . It's a totally different machine to any Turbo charged jap car IMO. It's deffo an itch to scratch , just maybe not yet , as after a 1.5 year i'm still enjoying my 6 ( when it works )

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I would rather spend the money on something like this below, a quick tune and its running 400bhp something you will struggle on the M3 and a few suspension tweaks and it will handle just as well but look better than the older model


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-335I-S...item419dfa2d6b
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Originally Posted by mantazini View Post
Great road cars . As someone mentioned you can pottle around like in a normal refined car and have a blast on the longer stretch . However it's not a fun car , unless you rev the nuts out of it. But where and how often will that happen in the real world? Coming from Impreza and Evo to such a lazy power delivery will be disappointing (as i have found out ) . It's a great all rounder but not a weekend toy .
agree with this 100%
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Originally Posted by stevebt View Post
I would rather spend the money on something like this below, a quick tune and its running 400bhp something you will struggle on the M3 and a few suspension tweaks and it will handle just as well but look better than the older model


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-335I-S...item419dfa2d6b
doesnt have the M badge though so just another ***** in a BMW lol
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Originally Posted by Tidgy View Post
doesnt have the M badge though so just another ***** in a BMW lol
It doesn't have lsd either , only as an optional if i remember right. It won't be faster than e46 M3 . It's heavier , softer , even @ 400 it won't be much in front. I had a go against one at Brands hatch in my 330 vf35 classic , it wasn't going no where even on the straight which really surprised me. These number are just numbers and the real world outcome might not be in favor of a more powerful car , it's more down to the whole package than just power.
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If you save up a bit more, get an E92 coupe M3. Then you have a V8 in your life.
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Old 12 October 2015, 10:22 PM
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Cheers for the feedback guys.

It'd appear that the M3 is great day to day car, but not special enough to be a weekend toy.

And after giving the Evo a good hammering over the weekend and today I think I'll be keeping it for a while yet.
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Originally Posted by chocolate_o_brian View Post
If you save up a bit more, get an E92 coupe M3. Then you have a V8 in your life.
^This^
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Old 16 October 2015, 08:42 AM
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I suppose it depends how you drive.

SDB had one of these and still states it's one of the best cars he has had. Every time I went out in it with him, it was always fun. Perhaps due to us going sideways all the time.
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Uber capable car in the hands of someone who can really pedal it, and the prices are steadily rising and likely wont ever come back down again.

Kenny (my business partner) still has one to this day. Ride quality is too harsh for me though... I like to waft around nowadays.

That said, my diesel is a lot faster than his M3 (And my M5 in fact) but the E46 isnt about just outright speed... its typical "M" hardware... its a full package.
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Originally Posted by Stu @ Internet Brands View Post

That said, my diesel is a lot faster than his M3 (And my M5 in fact) but the E46 isnt about just outright speed... its typical "M" hardware... its a full package.
**** the bed

Is there a thread for this beast?
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Originally Posted by Stu @ Internet Brands View Post
Uber capable car in the hands of someone who can really pedal it, and the prices are steadily rising and likely wont ever come back down again.

Kenny (my business partner) still has one to this day. Ride quality is too harsh for me though... I like to waft around nowadays.

That said, my diesel is a lot faster than his M3 (And my M5 in fact) but the E46 isnt about just outright speed... its typical "M" hardware... its a full package.

Stu, do you do custom maps to 530d's or is it just a generic map ? I want my BMW mapped but everyone just offers an out the box rom where as I want a proper map.
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Originally Posted by Stu @ Internet Brands View Post
Uber capable car in the hands of someone who can really pedal it, and the prices are steadily rising and likely wont ever come back down again.

Kenny (my business partner) still has one to this day. Ride quality is too harsh for me though... I like to waft around nowadays.

That said, my diesel is a lot faster than his M3 (And my M5 in fact) but the E46 isnt about just outright speed... its typical "M" hardware... its a full package.
what diesal Stu ????
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Gary, you'd be breaking your own promise re: RWD
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Stu, do you do custom maps to 530d's or is it just a generic map ?
I think he'll ban you for asking that question!
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I couldn't rate the E46 M3 high enough, 340bhp out of factory, luxury and comfort... Reliable like a Big Honda Vtec, some say they are expensive to repair, but the 2 manuals I had and 3 e36 m3s I had I only put an alternator on the e46, and a rubber breather pipe on one of the e36's.. Alternator cost me 150 to buy new,rubber pipe was 7 lol...

They are better on fuel aswell as a regular driver, plus you get to have some tail out fun lol..
Brakes I found would struggle on track days do, so be careful if track days are in your mind..
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Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
I think he'll ban you for asking that question!



I know who to get my Impreza mapped from but it's a mine field for the BMW.
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Originally Posted by stevebt View Post
I know who to get my Impreza mapped from but it's a mine field for the BMW.
Rick at unicorn in Stockport is good at custom vag mapping.
I was the same, didn't want a pnp map.
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Old 18 October 2015, 08:00 PM
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Currently trying to convince the Mrs it's a good idea to have the M3 as a daily driver and the Evo as a toy. Wish me luck!
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Old 18 October 2015, 09:57 PM
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not a bad punt, till winter,,,, hahahaha
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