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Old 02-03-2009, 06:11 PM   #16
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m3 and 135 although may be similar in performance, i bet both cars will be different.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:52 PM   #17
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Test drive both cars and feel and see whats the difference
if your mind is already set on the ///M sign....then

go for it

in any case.. either one is good....
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:10 PM   #18
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Here's an example of a bad deal for an M3...

$37,500
White 2003 M3 Convertible
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"Right car for the price price. Why buy new? Good winter vehicle. Great buy. 90,000 km. $37,500. Call (647)378-1350"

Good winter vehicle???? lmfao

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Old 02-04-2009, 02:25 PM   #19
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Test drive both cars and feel and see whats the difference
if your mind is already set on the ///M sign....then

go for it

in any case.. either one is good....
The cars are surely different.
I test drove 135i last March when it launched. It does have lots of power for sure and drives very nicely. I only drove E46 briefly down the road 2 years ago and that was it for test drive experience. That said, I've always wanted one, so you could say that my mind is set on the ///M badge.

However, the other side of my brain is saying 135i:
- almost on par with M3 in performance
- perhaps 80% of the handling/sharpness/madness of M3
- newer car
- lower insurance
- better fuel economy (not that it's a decision factor for me)
- 3 years of warranty and free maintenance left on 08 model.

If I did not enjoy track driving events, 135i would win this battle. But I keep thinking that the M3 would be much more satisfactory with 2 BMW schools, another 2 track days and a few autocross events. It has LSD plus that M-tuned everything about it.

Anyways, I may find that there's actually no 2008 135i to be had for low $30s, so that may solve the puzzle easily for me. It was just a reaction to my finding those BB values, which meant that one can have a virtually new car with virtually same performance as a 4 year-old M3.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:29 PM   #20
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Also, for reference Edmunds.com shows them close in Total Cost of Ownership over 5 years:
2005 BMW M3: http://www.edmunds.com/used/2005/bmw...81925/cto.html
2008 BMW 135i: http://www.edmunds.com/new/2008/bmw/...74975/cto.html

Granted, they took a new 135i valued at MSRP, so there's even more advantage to 135i in terms of ownership costs if you buy a 1-year old example, which already took it's first year depreciation hit.
At the same time, judging by E36 prices, one car argue that E46 ///M car will always hold its value better than 135i long term anyway despite the Edmunds calculations.
Decisions, decisions...
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:43 PM   #21
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135i is ugly imo, but M3 is awesome. Almost all of these posts here have been really helpful.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:47 PM   #22
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and who says buying a car is easy !!!!!

coin toss then...

or head I win... tail you lose....
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Old 02-04-2009, 11:17 PM   #23
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Tomorrow, I may wonder again, but tonight I feel like 2005 M3 hands down!
I think if I had a 135i parked in my spot, it would feel good, but I know I would be just waiting until I can afford a real M car.
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