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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Nov-02-2017, 06:16:55 PM   #31
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Default Re: On the hunt for a newer DD to pair with my E36..Interested in Opinions

If you want to stay in the BMW family, your answer is a 2009-2011 335d. An inline 6 is an engine that makes torque. Diesels are engines make torque. Turbocharged engines make torque.

Put the three together and you get an everyday driver with 265bhp and 425lbft. Stock. That torque is available at 1700 RPM. A simple piggyback tune can net you another 60hp and 100lbft. A full set of bolt-ons can get you into the 11s at 120 MPH in the 1/4 mile. That is a stupid quick car.

Did I mention it gets 23/36 MPG?
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Old Thu, Nov-02-2017, 07:29:43 PM   #32
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There are definitely a lot more options if you aren't concerned with snow and/or ice.

For me, I need a daily that can handle all conditions. I'm not going to drive a RWD car up to the mountains for a weekend, even if it does have the best snow tires money can buy.
In NH, we have what you would call hills, but I put snows on my 08M3 and drive it all winter. I don't try to drive in deep unplowed snow but I dont need to since the roads get plowed. I have been able to go where I need to go for the past 7 winters though I won't argue the E90M3 is a great winter car.
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Old Fri, Nov-03-2017, 12:50:43 PM   #33
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Aren't they pretty thirsty for a DD?
No question. Thirsty.
Pretty horrible on snow/ice too.
Just noticed the OP is in Boston. Nevermind the V then; not a candidate.
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Old Fri, Nov-03-2017, 02:14:33 PM   #34
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All of the F gen cars (F30, etc) drive like ass. If you enjoy driving, and must have a new car, get the better to drive lexus or caddy. Preposterous sounding statement, but true in the modern era.

E9X is lacking in stock form, but runflat delete and M3 subframe bushings bring it up to the previous non M BMW standard. They still suck to work on, though-- that's ultimately what caused me to sell ours. Being newer it had issues less often, but every time I worked on the car I felt compelled to burn it to the ground (whereas I've enjoyed working on our e36s/e46s/e39s). BMW no longer builds cars with serviceability as a priority.

At one point, all the 335d's were automatic, which made them a non starter for me-- no idea if that remained true, as I quickly lost interest in e9X ownership once I owned one.
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Old Fri, Nov-03-2017, 11:52:10 PM   #35
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I thought a bone stock sedan M3 was a good compliment to a wildly modified coupe M3, and it is....but it's still an E36. Great car but they aren't the best DDs for just loafing around anymore.

Two E36s does not mean you get to reuse spare parts, despite what you or I may think. It means both will break in different non-overlapping ways and stuff wears out at the same time on BOTH damn cars.

I recently bought a Chevy SS. Awesome DD and makes me appreciate both of my E36s all the more. While it's not great on gas, the sounds it makes are pretty awesome.
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Does the Chevy SS come with a manual trans and cost under $30k?

http://www.motortrend.com/news/2016-...nition-wvideo/
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Yes, and used ones probably can be found sub 30k.
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Looks like you want a 2016. I liked the video in the link.
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There are definitely a lot more options if you aren't concerned with snow and/or ice.

For me, I need a daily that can handle all conditions. I'm not going to drive a RWD car up to the mountains for a weekend, even if it does have the best snow tires money can buy.
May I ask why another e36 and not some kind of other M for the street? What happened to the 1M?

OP, how about an F10 5er? Might fit budget and would be a really comfy DD
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F10 is pure misery to drive if you care about driving at all.
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