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View Poll Results: 135i, 335i, or M3?
2009 135i - $60,000 12 19.05%
2009 335i - $65,000 20 31.75%
2003 M3 - $30,000 31 49.21%
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:22 PM   #31
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When I look at E36 M3 guys and their cars selling for equal to E46 330ci, it gives you a sign to take a look at this again. Also E36 M guys did not spend that much on mods as 330ci guys. I can just imagine if E36 came with a real M engine. It would give 330ci a nice run. This is where E46 M gets in the competition with E93 non M cars. All in all , you want the original M and new body style. This is the bottom line.

Also europrince and steph had issues with their cars and maintanance , so they want new cars. That is understandable. I am just speculating here for their opinions on new cars.
You're intuitive. My 540 had 149k when I bought it at 350k when I got rid of it. I spent a lot maintaining it. Mind you, I drove a lot at the time. Yes, maintenance cost is a large thing for me as a result. Beyond that, not meaning to offend anyone here, I think the e46 body style is long in the tooth. If you pick up an e90/e92, you've got a good 6-8 years before one can say the same about it. With a $600 JB3 chip like Stephanie has, you'll easily keep up with a current M3, never mind the e46. '07 335s will auction at 30k or less within 6 months. That should make them a steal and a no brainer vs. an '03 or so M3. IMHO
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Yes, if I remember correct the E46 sedan came in 1998 in Europe. I am sure the ones for 1999 in Canada , those were made in 1998. That's quite some time.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:41 PM   #33
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would have to be the 335. unless your a small guy than the 135. the m3 is awesome and all but its years old.
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:58 PM   #34
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Also stop with "dime and dozen bs". Any car under 100k will be out there quite a lot.
I beg to differ
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:09 AM   #35
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^^ Yea, you don't really see e39 m5s lol.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:27 AM   #36
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:33 AM   #37
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I've had a fair amount of seat time in all 3.

135i - too much money for the bottom line, awkward styling, too heavy for a small car.
M3 - outta warranty my friend, it will add up. has it had 6 winters on it too? My friend just bought and 03 cabrio and it just felt dated.

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335i - fast, stylish, can make all kinds of power from the twin turbo motor. Looks more expensive than it is. Modern interior and huge aftermarket support. I can't fault this car except for the stock wheels and run-flats, they gotta go.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:54 AM   #38
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E46 M3 would be my first choice, 335i if you have the money
135i is just lame
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:57 AM   #39
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i'm actually surprised that there are so many votes for the m3 as compared to the other 2 newer cars because that is a big year difference. i mean, if you were looking for a 6 year old car then m3 is a good choice for sure, but choosing an '03 m3 over an '09 335 series seems weird to me. marketing of the ///m brand at its best.
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^ my thoughts exactly
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^^ Yea, you don't really see e39 m5s lol.
Even the E39 M was well over 100k when new.
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i'm actually surprised that there are so many votes for the m3 as compared to the other 2 newer cars because that is a big year difference. i mean, if you were looking for a 6 year old car then m3 is a good choice for sure, but choosing an '03 m3 over an '09 335 series seems weird to me. marketing of the ///m brand at its best.
If you don't factor in price, then obviously go with 335i. But 30 grand is a lot of money.
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:38 PM   #43
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If you don't factor in price, then obviously go with 335i. But 30 grand is a lot of money.
OP has stated that he will spent to $65 K, and given the 3 options...so 335 is no brainer...

honestly with the horse power and unless you go to the track every weekend do you want to chance it on open road with the stunt driving law the way it is, therefore horse power is relative... .
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:52 PM   #44
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I've had a fair amount of seat time in all 3.

135i - too much money for the bottom line, awkward styling, too heavy for a small car.
M3 - outta warranty my friend, it will add up. has it had 6 winters on it too? My friend just bought and 03 cabrio and it just felt dated.

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335i - fast, stylish, can make all kinds of power from the twin turbo motor. Looks more expensive than it is. Modern interior and huge aftermarket support. I can't fault this car except for the stock wheels and run-flats, they gotta go.
well said!
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I'd probably just go for an older 335i, and still have 30k+ left over!
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