Originally Posted by xlash
Thanks Alex, very informative post. I wonder if the price difference between a 330i and a 330i m-performace is justified. I mean it's almost in the same echelon as similar year M3's.
2 more points:
For Year 2002 and 2003, M-sport package came on 5-speed manual (there was no 6-speed)
Starting from 2004 (maybe late 2003), all 330s (regular or M-performance edition came with 6 speed. But even these 6-speed came with 2:93 final diff ratio on normal 330s and 3:07 final diff ratio on "M-Performance Edition".
How much price difference are we talking about ?
If you like to mod your cars, you have an option to get a normal 330 (5 or 6 speed) and then look/buy a used 3:15 differential from a 325 model, swap with the 330s one and you will have the same performance as "M-Performance Edition" model.
On the other hand, if you like your cars with all stuff from the factory, and not too much modding, then go for "M-Performance Edition" model.