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Old Tue, Jan-19-2010, 04:30:40 PM   #1
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Default 2008 M3 vs 2008 911

So I am comparing the two cars and they are comparing pretty well.

First of all, they are the SAME PRICE. Used Certified Pre Owned cars at dealerships with 100k warranty.

I find that the 911s tend to have less miles on them.

The only requirement that the wife has given me is that I have back seats to haul around my two nephews, 2 and 5.

Also, I tested it and my carry on fits nicely into the front cubby, so storage is just right in the 911.

That being said, is there any reason that I should consider the E92 M3? I am a BMW guy with 3 BMWs now, and I know how to work on them. Thats my only caviot. I know how to do just about anything on a BMW.

I am just taken with the 997, it makes me feel like I am doing something wrong.
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Both are great cars. The BMW is faster and has more rear seat room and trunk room. The Porsche is an icon.

Don't know abt the gas mileage in the 911. I get 22 on highway, 14 around town. After 15 months of ownership and 17K miles my M3 is rattle free, rock chip free, looks and smells new.

Maybe you have done the BMW thing tho, and its time for a change. Change is good.
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If you have never owned a Porsche before it is a fantastic experience. The service, community etc... are great. PCA is a top notch organization.

Couple of considerations:

911 will get you noticed, M3 is a bit more of a sleeper. If you want to blend in, get the M3. If you don't care, 911 can work.

There is something special about the 911, history etc... It's more than just a car.

Since the look of the 911 slowly 'evolves' the car won't be 'dated' in appearance as quickly as the M3. I don't know this for sure, but I believe they hold their value better as well.

The big question mark is space. Go to a Porsche dealer adjust the seat to where you would drive and then see if a kid would realistically fit in the back. For me the answer was no, unless they didn't have legs.

From my perspective, if you can live with the lack of space, get the 911. M3 is a fantastic car with great versatility for those of us with families. But if you don't need that, the 911 is the perfect car.
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Old Tue, Jan-19-2010, 06:09:23 PM   #4
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I don't need to haul anything other than a 2 children.

Besides, if I need to go to home depot, I have an old ford ranger for that.
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One would say the porsche is more exotic than the m3. Both are great cars I just suggest driving both to see what you feel most comfortable in!
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I have owned several BMW's, including a couple of E46 M3's. I've not owned a 90 series M3, but have driven several. I had an '06 997S, and thought it was a great car. I do a few track events each year, so I bought a used 996 GT3 last summer, but the 997 is a better street car for most folks. So, to your question. Since you don't mention your use and priorities (except the rear seat), I'm not sure I can give you a very appropriate opinion. Between a 911 and a BMW sedan, I've always felt if one works for you, the other may not. The brakes, steering, and suspension are all a bit more communicative in the Porsche, but not to an extent that makes any difference for general street use. The 911 requires a greater commitment to learn to drive well near the limit. I find it a more satisfying car when driven well, but that's just personal preference. I don't think you will find the rear seats in a 911 very satisfactory, even for kids. Since passengers and some amount of carrying capacity are in the mix, my guess, you're better off with the BMW. After being on track with a number of them, I can tell you, the new M3 is a very competent car on track, which means it is an outstanding street car.
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I was looking at an M3 and 997 last summer. Both are outstanding cars in their own ways. I ended up buying a 997. But I did not have to carry a 2 and 5 year old in the back seat. If this is a hard requirement, then buy a M3. You're kidding yourself if you think you can fit 2 kids in the back. The kids are only going to get bigger. I think you might also have a car seat requirement for the 2 year old. Car seat will not fit in the back of a 997.
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I owned a 997S for a few years...and I have driven the new m3 times, including extended seat time with a friends car on a road trip...the m3 has a better ride, is quieter on the freeway and more roomy inside- another words, more of an everyday coupe that has sports car performance...the 911 is a sports car with less room and not as comfortable an everyday commuter..the looks are subjective, but where i live, 911s are a time a dozen and you actually see less m3s...the m3 is faster than the non S 911, has 80-90 more hp and 2 more cylinders...the m3 sounds much better than the 911- the last 911s with a nice exhaust note and engine sound were the 993s..the m3 revs higher and quicker...I give the edge in steering feel to the 911 although the m3 is not too far off...I actually think the handling of the m3 is better balanced because of the big gorillla on the back of the 911- the whole 911 set up is bass ackwards and porsche has spend the last 40years trying to minimize this disadvantage...both the boxster and cayman have much better handling the the 911....one final point, the m3 coupe had a faster lap time than the 997S in the car and driver lighting lap test that came out this month....just my 2 cents....btw, if you think I am a porsche hater, I have owned 5 porsches over the years, including 4 911s....
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I was looking at an M3 and 997 last summer. Both are outstanding cars in their own ways. I ended up buying a 997. But I did not have to carry a 2 and 5 year old in the back seat. If this is a hard requirement, then buy a M3. You're kidding yourself if you think you can fit 2 kids in the back. The kids are only going to get bigger. I think you might also have a car seat requirement for the 2 year old. Car seat will not fit in the back of a 997.
Porsche sells a car seat specifically for a 911.

They aren't my kids, they are my nephews who have visited one time in their whole lives.

My wife tried it out, its not too bad back there, just not much head room.

My primary concern is that I am not experienced working on porsches. I wonder if I will have to drop the motor to do any maintenance on it.
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Old Wed, Jan-20-2010, 12:05:22 AM   #10
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It seems to me what you really want is the P-car as you keep defending/justifying. Either car is great - go with what you want.
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