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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 Thu, Mar-08-2018, 02:14:01 PM   #21
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Using a car based off of a family sedan as a track car is also objectively silly when there are much better options out there. To each his own.
Disagree! 4 track tires in the back seat, tools/jack/tent/spares/clothes in the trunk.

Anything smaller would make for a less fun (trailering) or much less well well equipped weekend.
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Disagree! 4 track tires in the back seat, tools/jack/tent/spares/clothes in the trunk.

Anything smaller would make for a less fun (trailering) or much less well well equipped weekend.
Plenty of cars with less space make due without having to trailer the whole car

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Plenty of cars with less space make due without having to trailer the whole car

Yeah, I've tried that-- it's even less fun than trailering the car.

And tires on the roofrack becomes unstable over ~60 mph
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Yeah, I've tried that-- it's even less fun than trailering the car.

And tires on the roofrack becomes unstable over ~60 mph
How exactly is it "fun" to drive around with an extra 250-400 pounds of tires and gear in the car? I suppose it would make it feel quicker and more agile after you unloaded it, but other than that, I don't really see the difference. Personally, I wouldn't want a set of tires inside of my car against the interior in the first place, but that's another topic altogether. Either way you look at it, just because the E46 is better at getting things to and from the track doesn't make it a better track car, it just makes it more useful as a pedestrian vehicle, which makes sense as that it was it was based on and why I originally posted what you quoted.
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California??? I almost moved out there for a previous employer. I did a 3 day trip of the SF Bay area and loved it. Then I realized housing is stupid expensive (even worse than Northern Virginia) and passed.

Plus, Cali is broke. I keep getting weird commercials with strange hipsters promoting California. Makes makes the answer easy for me.

Florida> California
Can't beat the Berkeley hills and Bay Area mountain twisties though! All I've been able to run in the DMV is Rock creek and Macarthur, without going to WV (suggestions welcome!)
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I wouldn't want a set of tires inside of my car against the interior in the first place.
Shit, they're probably the cleanest thing that ever gets put in the rear seat.
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Totally agree with you. Beautiful area! I fell like I was a couple decades too late, unfortunately.

Rt. 123, Chain Bridge Road around Arlington and CIA/Langley have some nice curvy M approved roads

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Totally agree with you. Beautiful area! I fell like I was a couple decades too late, unfortunately.

Rt. 123, Chain Bridge Road around Arlington and CIA/Langley have some nice curvy M approved roads
Thanks for the suggestions; you just drew up my weekend itinerary.
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How exactly is it "fun" to drive around with an extra 250-400 pounds of tires and gear in the car? I suppose it would make it feel quicker and more agile after you unloaded it, but other than that, I don't really see the difference. Personally, I wouldn't want a set of tires inside of my car against the interior in the first place, but that's another topic altogether. Either way you look at it, just because the E46 is better at getting things to and from the track doesn't make it a better track car, it just makes it more useful as a pedestrian vehicle, which makes sense as that it was it was based on and why I originally posted what you quoted.
It makes it more useful as a tracked car, if not a track car

I put a blanket under the tires, to not mar the interior, and run the seat belts through them, to not endanger myself. With 250 lbs of cargo, it's like driving around with another passenger or two-- not ruinous to the driving experience.
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me personally, i couldnt do Florida...the south is a bit too slow, too hot (humid), too old school, too racist (though Southern California is 10x worse than i thought it would be racism wise - im black) and i only really like Miami and the Florida Keys...been to northern FL and western parts too...just never liked it.

LA housing is very pricy...if i werent doing well in my career im not sure how id survive out here tbh so thats a valid point!

but the weather and the scenery cannot be beat!




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Plus, Cali is broke. I keep getting weird commercials with strange hipsters promoting California. Makes makes the answer easy for me.

Florida> California
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