I have a 2002 e46 330ci Sport with c40,000 miles on it. I'm considering
selling it and with part of the cash getting a 1998 or thereabouts M3
(I'm in the UK) with perhaps 70,000 miles on it.
I've never driven an M3 and although my 330 is pretty fast and handles
really well, I'm temted by the M3.
Does anyone have any experience of these two cars who could comment/advise?
I was at the same decision about one year ago: Buy an Year-Old-E46
330ci, or an E36 M3 for around the same price, but with more mileage
I think comparing the "Feeling" when driving it is only havlf the
truth. You have to put the "feeling" into conideration what you get
when you pay for service / Maintenance / repair. These costs are not
likely to decrease with car-age.
The point is that some of my dealers warned me because nearly
EVERYTHING concerning service, Parts, Repairs etc is more expensive
for the M3 than for the "Normal" series.
Drove home from work this evening and the 330 was fantastic, so still in
a quandry. I think I'll try to find an e36 M3 I can test drive and see
how it feels.
Thanks for all the advice and, by the way, Ranger is as in Rangers
Football Club don't want anything more to do with Fords, had a Cortina
once - very ordinary.
Couple of points:
The M3 is fantastic! IMHO, it does everything right. But it will be
older than your 330 which means more rattles and more maintenance. If
BTW, where will you run the car? (Your posting didn't indicate your
shire.) On the Motorway? Country roads? Will you be able to fully
exercise the M3 so as to appreciate the difference, such as it is?
As to Fords: your opinion is based on a Cortina? Really? Then you should
drive my 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt. Then we can talk.
Otherwise, I agree. The Cortina is a P.O.S.
1992 Miata MX5
I'm a huge BMW and //M fan, but the E36 M3 isn't all that exciting in
my opinion. If you really want the //M3 experience, why not get an
E30? Or just stick with what you've got. It's a fantastic car.
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