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View Poll Results: E46 M3 vs. E36 M3 vs. Eurospec M3
E46 M3 21 46.67%
E36 M3 9 20.00%
Eurospec M3 15 33.33%
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Old 01-31-2004, 09:53 PM   #1
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E46 M3 vs. E36 M3 vs. Eurospec M3

In 6 months, I am trading in my 328i one of the 3 cars in the title.

However, there are a few specifications regarding each choice.

For the E46 M3, it would be a 3 year lease that my dad would pay and then I would pay off the buyout at the end of it. Now, I don't know to much about leases, so I don't know how much a buyout would cost me. In a lease, is atleast half of the car payed off?

For the E36 M3, my dad would pay for all of it. I looked at one yesterday and I love it so much. The interior is awsome and the exterior is amazing as well. However, the car would have to have very low KM, no more than 45k.

For the Eurospec M3, well... I don't know too much about it. I do know it has 321 horsepower, but any other major differences. Also, I havn't seen many for sale, so what would the chances be of me finding one with no more than 45k on it. How much do they go for anyway?

I'd appreciate all of your opinions and any websites on these cars would help as well.
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Old 01-31-2004, 09:56 PM   #2
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Oh, dammit I forgot to add what I want in a car.

I'm afraid the E46 will have too many gizmos in it and I want a dirver's car. I don't want the car too feel like the car is doing most of the work. I like the E36 M3 alot, the interior hugs you and everything is directed towards the driver. I'm pretty much leaning toward the E36 M3.
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Old 01-31-2004, 10:18 PM   #3
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eurospec has 286hp...not 321hp. do u know how much maintance and attention the eurospec engine requires? just get the US spec. or the E46 M3 after u find out the buy out...

if u want a drivers car...get an E30 M3.
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Old 01-31-2004, 10:40 PM   #4
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eurospec has 286hp...not 321hp. do u know how much maintance and attention the eurospec engine requires? just get the US spec. or the E46 M3 after u find out the buy out...

if u want a drivers car...get an E30 M3.
E30 looks too dated and I don't want that much of a driver's car.
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Old 01-31-2004, 10:42 PM   #5
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oh, i forgot to add...E46 M3 is still a drivers car...its not like u floor it and turn the wheel and it corrects ur driving, u can turn ASC/DSC off u know...and the E46 is more than u can handle when its off..trust me. even E36 M3 is more than most ppl can handle if they pushed it...at a driving skool that is.
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Old 01-31-2004, 11:42 PM   #6
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E30 looks too dated and I don't want that much of a driver's car.

what are you talkin about looks too dated... the E30 M3 probally has one of the best body styles BMW has ever made, that 4 banger in there is one hell of a motor... not by far would i say its too dated... but thats just me, i love the classics.

I think you should go with just a regualr US spec E36 M3, the REAL euro E36 M3's from europe had 321hp - the 286hp was just the North American version Euro - Dont quote me on that, I may very well be mistaken.
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Old 02-01-2004, 01:10 AM   #7
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i don't think there should even be a discussion here! E46 M3 dominates the other cars in EVERY Category...whether u want a drivers car, a nice looking car, a fast car, etc etc... e46 m3 is just the best... and ur right jon, with traction off it's too much for MOSTTTT ppl to handle
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Old 02-01-2004, 01:15 AM   #8
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I would only accept an E46 M3 if you gave me one. I think they're junk for the price. Go E36 M3 or true Euro M3.
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If money is not an issue, I would definitely get the E46 M3. I like that body the best. Plus it's newer. Doesn't it have the most power out of the 3 too?
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eurospec has 286hp...not 321hp. do u know how much maintance and attention the eurospec engine requires? just get the US spec. or the E46 M3 after u find out the buy out...

if u want a drivers car...get an E30 M3.
the real , real eurospec is 321, we got the 286 one in N.america
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there was a euro spec e36 m3 in 1994 i think that was 286, the rest of the e36 m3 in north america were 240 hp

e46 = 333hp...

in terms of performance, e46 is the best.. looks? subjective

hey man, if your dad is buying it for you, go for the e46 m3
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Old 02-01-2004, 03:12 AM   #12
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Lease sounds scary, how much driving do you do a year or a month? If you live in the city or if your a true drive and love taking your car on road trips the e46 may be bad. no don't quote me on that never had any experience with a lease but i know there are limits to milage per year.

The e46 may look hot now but wait until 100 more people get it then it'll be just like the MINI or the PT Cruiser...any old car on the road but with +/-333hp and a BMW badge .

the e36 love them but it would most likely be hard to find one with less than 45k. remimber BMW (m3) is the Ultimate Drive Machine. BMWs love to be driven and drives love to drive their BMWs.

I believe the euro e36 M3 motor has many problems. one i think was cracking or blowing up. maintence might be a problem too, since parts would prob. be shipped...and how many people know euro e36 m3?

i beleive the e30's s14 motor is exspensive to work on too, and requires more checkups than the e36 m3.


I'm farely new to BMWs, especially the M3 so someone correct any of my erroneous statements at will.
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I think you should go with just a regualr US spec E36 M3, the REAL euro E36 M3's from europe had 321hp - the 286hp was just the North American version Euro - Dont quote me on that, I may very well be mistaken.
EURO E36 M3 - 286bhp (3.0)
EURO E36 M3 EVO - 321 bhp (3.2)
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Old 02-01-2004, 04:06 AM   #14
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92-95 EURO M3 were 286hp
96-98 EURO M3 were 321hp

we got 94 m3s in cada, so they were 286.

I would stay away from lease, cause it is still NOT your car.
so you only choices are 94 EURO M3 or 95-99 US spec m3.
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92-95 EURO M3 were 286hp
96-98 EURO M3 were 321hp

we got 94 m3s in cada, so they were 286.

I would stay away from lease, cause it is still NOT your car.
so you only choices are 94 EURO M3 or 95-99 US spec m3.
ya wat he said...

but seriously, do u knnow how much more euro M3 parts are? research more than whats more power...think about reliability..wat if u blow that euro M3 motor?
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