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Old 08-20-2013, 12:07 AM   #1
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2013 M3 should I or shouldn't I?

Hello,

This is my first post here. I'm considering buying a 2013 M3 and can't decide.

I drive a 911 and want something with a little more room and more suitable for a daily driver, bringing the dog, travelling etc.

With the M3 my concerns are gas mileage. My 911 can get 22-25 mpg, is the M3 really around 15 and a tank lasts about 300 km's?

How is it as a year round car for Ontario weather conditions. I'm not a fan of AWD or FWD cars, have an SUV for the nasty winter days as well.

I'd like something fun to drive, smaller and nimble, yet practical enough as a daily driver.

Ideally I'd like an M4 but it's a long time coming. My other considerations are ordering a new 435 for late Oct delivery. I thought about a 335 with the M package but for me it still looks a bit too family and econo, suppose it would still be fun to drive, in RWD. Don't really want a 3 series coupe, especially the new 4 so close.

And, it's hard to find a 2012 M3 at reasonable price, don't want anything older. Not sure what to do, the idea of the V8 M3 sounds good, as long as it's a great daily, year round driver and is reasonable on gas with a high fun to drive factor. On the other had my concern is it's too much for a daily driver, loud V8 hard on gas etc.

Other than what I've mentioned I don't know what other makes or models to look at. Didn't like driving the C63 AMG, don't want a G35, or long AWD S5 or RS5, I don't care for the look of the ATS.

That leaves me split between three choices, the 2013 M3, the 435 or a current model 335i.

The M3 I'm looking at is loaded with almost every option, Executive pkg, Competition Pkg, upgraded leather, listed at $82,000, the max discount I've been able to negotiate is $6,000 off that.

Any suggestions or comments welcomed!

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Old 08-20-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
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You lost me at "With the M3 my concerns are gas mileage"

Unless you are a cab driver, or pizza deliver, I don't think ANY ///M owner is concerned about that!
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:35 AM   #3
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I'm more concerned about the 200 miles per tank than I am actual mileage, I hear varying opinions, just looking for answers.

How is it as a daily driver?

Am I doing okay on the price?

Thanks.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:28 AM   #4
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:12 AM   #5
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:00 AM   #6
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I think it makes a great daily, very capable yet still have a level of comfort most performance cars don't. Mileage is not as bad as you read online people like to exaggerate. Yes i can probably get less than 300km on the track, But on highway trips I can average less than 10l/100km if I wanted too. With my mixed driving I average 12L/100km. Slightly more when i keep my foot in it longer. Its the price you'll pay for the last n/a v8 from BMW. Also keep in mind that the low fuel light comes on at 1/4 tank, which is higher than most cars. Some people claim that they only got xxx miles they probably drove the snot out of it and considered the tank finished at 1/4 tank. It's not that bad in my experience.

The M3 is a great all around car and I think makes a great daily. I'm surprised at how well it soaks up bumps yet handle so well. They really got the balance perfect IMO. It's more practical and probably rides better than your 911. I don't know about carrying a dog in it though, unless it was a small dog.

Haven't driven in the winter, so I can't comment there. But I'm sure it's fun with a proper set of snows.

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Old 08-20-2013, 10:47 AM   #7
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I find a lot of whining about mpg on the forums are from people who drive quite aggressively.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:29 AM   #8
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A buddy of mine has a 997 C2 and from what I've seen the M3 is a more comfortable all around daily car with better rear seat room, trunk space and will ride better than a 911. As stiff as the M3 is, the 911 is worse...in a fun way hahaha... I really don't find that my M3 is that hard on gas and I drive it pretty hard around town, but I drive a Silverado most of the year, so fuel isn't much of a concern.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:08 PM   #10
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That leaves me split between three choices, the 2013 M3, the 435 or a current model 335i.

Seriously??? I only see one choice...
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:36 PM   #11
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If you want something practical but yet gives you power and such, then why not opt for a m5? The new m5's are suppose to be practical and yet be powerful race cars. Plus the car is a 4 door, which would add to your practicality. Just a thought.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:07 PM   #12
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:29 PM   #13
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If you want something practical but yet gives you power and such, then why not opt for a m5? The new m5's are suppose to be practical and yet be powerful race cars. Plus the car is a 4 door, which would add to your practicality. Just a thought.
Really??...
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:41 PM   #14
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Really??...
Whats wrong with that? The M5 is an amazing car. I really like the new m5. Its fast, its practical, its elegant, it looks amazing... I don't see the problem
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:15 PM   #15
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Yes. The M5 is an amazing car. Its one of the better looking of the current BMW generation cars, it’s fast, but practical?

The OP is worried about day to day costs of the M3. The M5 is not exactly a solution to that. Plus, give that thing 5 years. General maintenance on a car that heavy with that performance level is gonna be a nightmare.
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