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E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) {Engine: S65 - Max Hp: 414 hp (420 hp Euro) at 8,300 rpm / 295 lb/ft at 3,900 rpm}


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Old Sun, Mar-05-2017, 04:53:19 PM   #1
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Default New to forum looking to buy a M3-advice

Hi,

First time poster and have always loved M3's.
I have a 1987 Porsche 911 and am looking to supplement it with a M3 as the M3 has some things about it that an old 911 can't offer.
I would like to be able to keep the 911, so my budget would be around 20k.
If for some reason I became cool selling the 911, the budget would increase.
I am looking at a few current options.
A 2009 M3 at a dealer with 101k miles, extensive service history for around 19-20k.
A 2013 at same dealership with 40k miles for 35k, this would most likely necessitate selling 911...
A 2004 with service history with 51k miles for around 22k, pretty solid service history.
I don't really care too much about the manual vs automatic discussion as the 911 is a manual.
None of the cars have had rod bearings done to my knowledge.
Any advice on how to go about the decision making process?
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Default Re: New to forum looking to buy a M3-advice

Hi, welcome to the forum

Before 2008, the M3 generation is the 'E46'. It is very different from the E92.
The E46 is also a great car, but is slower and will require a lot of maintenance. The E92 is the most solid M car to date.

Any E9X M3 should get its rod bearings replaced. There's a DIY in my signature and it isn't very complex, although a lift is very nice.
There will probably be more maintenance to cover


The 'automatic' E9X generation M3 is a dual clutch transmission like the PDK in modern Porsches. It works great for the track but then again so does the manual

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Thanks for the info!!
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Old Fri, Mar-10-2017, 06:47:33 PM   #4
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Just sent you a pm, may have a car you'll be interested in.


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Default Re: New to forum looking to buy a M3-advice

As a former 87 911 owner and current 09 E90 M3 owner my advice is to never sell the 911. The M3 is a great car, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't regret selling my 911.(well before their crazy ramp in value)
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Default Re: New to forum looking to buy a M3-advice

Had an 85' 911 & 93' RSA, great car, fun to drive around, but it's not really a short errand running car. Fun once to drive once and a while(it's 30 years old).
The E92 is so Jekyll and Hyde like, that there really isn't anything you can't do with it and be comfortable doing it. Having tracked both, I can't say the experience isn't so different that I don't enjoy the M3. It is great on the track car as well! Plus, the drive home is very comfortable.
An classic air-cooled is an experience every car person should own and experience at some point, but unless the expense isn't an issue to have both, i'd pick the 13' M3. I think the ongoing expense on the high mileage M3, may cause the cash outflow to go beyond what you think. So, you'd then have 2 vehicles requiring money out on a yearly basis as a 30 yr
old 911 usually needs stuff done yearly for sure.
You could pick up a 2007 or 08' 911 too? Driving experience of Porsche with modern amenities?
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