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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 Wed, Aug-17-2011, 07:05:47 PM   #1
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Default Cost of ownership difference between 2005M3 and 2008M3

Hi,

I am deciding between the two. Is one more expensive to service than the other? Is there a large overall cost in ownership between the two?

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Default Re: Cost of ownership difference between 2005M3 and 2008M3

one costs more to buy. That's about it.
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Default Re: Cost of ownership difference between 2005M3 and 2008M3

As close to apples to apples as you can get, (similar options, similar current state of maintenance) my guess is you would be paying slightly more for the 2005 considering that parts that are still newer on the 08 and wearing out on the 05. Now, part for part, I would think the costs would be similar. However, any specialty items like DCT or EDC shocks that may need work down the road could be relatively expensive.

I don't think the S65 requires valve shim adjustments like the s54. It's tough to say. The right 2008 could be still under warranty too. My 2008 is covered under warranty until 09/2012.
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Default Re: Cost of ownership difference between 2005M3 and 2008M3

Buy a CPO 2008 M3 with an in service date that leaves you with 3 years of coverage.

They are not fuel efficient.

If the engine did fail and it was not under warranty, it would cost a lot more than an S54 engine. There are a few reports of failures attributable to rod bearings, but nothing like what affected the S54.
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Old Sat, Aug-20-2011, 01:51:09 AM   #5
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Default Re: Cost of ownership difference between 2005M3 and 2008M3

Probably the biggest cost of ownership of luxury cars is depreciation. You'll have steeper depreciation curve on the 2008, which is a guaranteed loss. Whether or not the 05 needs extra maintenance is a roll of the dice. Check records, strongly consider finding a single owner example from a mature owner.

Also, a 2005 is near end of production cycle for the model, with many known wrinkles worked out. The 2008 is early (first?) model year of the e92.
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Default Re: Cost of ownership difference between 2005M3 and 2008M3

I believe the service intervals on the E9x are less expensive, they do not need valve adjustments every 30k miles like the E46 does.

Personally I believe the E9x will be less expensive to maintain, however, add in the SIGNIFICANT difference in buy price and the fuel costs, the E46 is still cheaper to own at the moment.

With gas above 4 bucks a gallon and not looking to ever go down, the 15-16mpg combined the newer one makes a big difference to the 19-20mpg combined on the older car... Assuming it's not just a weekend warrior of course.
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I believe the service intervals on the E9x are less expensive, they do not need valve adjustments every 30k miles like the E46 does.

Personally I believe the E9x will be less expensive to maintain, however, add in the SIGNIFICANT difference in buy price and the fuel costs, the E46 is still cheaper to own at the moment.

With gas above 4 bucks a gallon and not looking to ever go down, the 15-16mpg combined the newer one makes a big difference to the 19-20mpg combined on the older car... Assuming it's not just a weekend warrior of course.
... and depreciation?
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