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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Dec-05-2018, 03:07:57 PM   #41
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Default Re: Hard to let go of M3..

Owned an E46 330ci for 15 years. Newer M cars and Porsches came and went, but I refused to sell it. Finally sold it and regretted it. So this year I’m back in an E46, M3 this time. Don’t sell.
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I have a Tundra TRD Pro, nice truck but you can do better. It gets 15mpg on a good day. '19 Rams have that nicest interior going.

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Old Wed, Dec-05-2018, 03:48:05 PM   #43
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I have a Tundra TRD Pro, nice truck but you can do better. It gets 15mpg on a good day. '19 Rams have that nicest interior going.

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I don't think any amount of interior niceness could cause me to go with Dodge's reliability over Toyota's
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I recently drove the Chevy ss. Definitely felt bigger than the e39 M5. Surprised to experience how much cars have gained weight and size in 17 years.

Letting go of the M3 might just have a happy ending. A friend of mine is interested in purchasing the Car.
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My advice is to not sell that M3. You have a very unique, desirable spec.

No offense to those of you that rave about it but the E39 M5 is probably the most over rated modern BMW out there. It's an absolute boat of a car, and yes I've owned a 2003 LMB/caramel heritage car with moderately low mileage that was very well maintained by both myself and the previous owner. While it was a good car, it is far from being great at anything.

The E46 M3 on the other hand, when properly cared for is a special car, unlike anything else BMW will ever build again. I honestly think this is the best M3 ever built, and judging by what they're selling for nowadays (in excellent condition, with low mileage), I'm not the only one.
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I don't think any amount of interior niceness could cause me to go with Dodge's reliability over Toyota's hit:
Technically, a RAM isn't a Dodge, lol.

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Just get the RAM with the Cummins in it. That is an industrial/commercial engine purpose built for non-stop abuse. Everything about that car will fall apart before the motor will.
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But...American quality tho
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My advice is to not sell that M3. You have a very unique, desirable spec.

No offense to those of you that rave about it but the E39 M5 is probably the most over rated modern BMW out there. It's an absolute boat of a car, and yes I've owned a 2003 LMB/caramel heritage car with moderately low mileage that was very well maintained by both myself and the previous owner. While it was a good car, it is far from being great at anything.

The E46 M3 on the other hand, when properly cared for is a special car, unlike anything else BMW will ever build again. I honestly think this is the best M3 ever built, and judging by what they're selling for nowadays (in excellent condition, with low mileage), I'm not the only one.
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Just get the RAM with the Cummins in it. That is an industrial/commercial engine purpose built for non-stop abuse. Everything about that car will fall apart before the motor will.
Eh... I don't see that as a salvation for the truck. I have a car built to that spec (suburban, LS engine) and have no desire to repeat the experience.
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Totally. But I've always been a proponent of the mult-car setup (and one of them not being an M-car, mandatory).

Yep, totally agree. I've been living that model for many, many years. There have been times when my M3 would be on jack stands for weeks.

That said, maintenance aside, I think the E39 M5 is probably the best DD M car from a purely driving standpoint. It's got the refinement that no M3/4 can touch, the smooth torquey NA motor, classic good looks and a good overall size. Plus luxurious whilst still very sporty. Plus it's just a freakin' badass BMW muscle car.

At this point I can afford to have my cars professionally maintained but the clean 39M prices are getting ridic. I'm not spending $40k on an old ass Bimmer, haha. Edit, prices don't look that bad actually.
I hear ya on the professionally maintained part. My rod bearings are being done this month and not by me, LoL. I'm at the point where I pick and choose what I'm going to do.

The guy I use, who is a couple of hours away, was a long time e39 M5 guy. Swears by them as far as DD. So much so that I was seriously looking at them but to find one even decently sorted is a challenge due to the recent increases in price. I did finally get to drive a couple some time back and I really like them.
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