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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 Sat, Sep-15-2018, 04:24:08 AM   #71
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Default Re: Driving Experience Question: E46 M3 vs .... E30 325

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Let me try this again.
I can sort of see where you're coming from, but perhaps you need a paradigm shift. As every wise man on the internet said, it's the journey not the destination brother.
In life we find things that we are passionate about, and occupy ourselves with them to live better lives. What would life be without the pursuit of happiness? Cherish the moments you spend pursuing the end result, never really reaching it. This is why I personally customize and DIY many of my modifications on this car. This why any modification has been done to this car in the first place. let's dissect what happens whenever a guy like us wants to modify(improve) upon this car:
1- Your boredom creates the need in you to occupy yourself with something that would bring satisfaction and alleviate the monotony of life
2- You set yourself a goal, improving X or Y on something you are passionate about, which happens to be this car in this instance
3- You go about doing it in whichever way you like to get your "fix"(not talking about cocaine this time). So you either go for a quick fix, brute force, pay for it, get it installed, enjoy it, try to prolong this sensation by sharing it with as many friends as possible, take pictures, sound clips, post here. Or DIY it, have a richer experience, and the pride that goes with getting it done yourself etc..
4- Boredom sets in again, and you look for more of the same stimulus that felt so good the last time you got ur fix( again not the drug :P )
So, this car really serves a purpose, I would argue, it's one of the things that make life a richer more balanced experience.
You are stuck thinking it's ur perfectionism driving you to not enjoy yourself more, and thinking that if for some reason you were to do less of that you will be a sinful man, doing a crime against this car by not doing it justice and stuff, but it's not. It's just you, trying to make yourself feel better, by owning/refining something you are passionate about, all in the journey for the pursuit of happiness. Embrace it. It's human nature We are satisfaction driven. just ask Sigmund Freud.
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Hell yeah. That's actually pretty helpful. Thank you, Hassan. I do have 'perfectionism' work to do, but this certainly proposes what that ideal balance/moderation can and should look like. Good night, my friends.
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Old Sat, Sep-15-2018, 04:32:48 AM   #72
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PS - Yes, doc. You get it; exactly. Good night, gentlemen.
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LEIGHT! Here we ****in' go, my man.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...18is-coupe-18/

Mmmmm. Sheiss.

229k miles is hilarious, but what a stout looking little sob.
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Perhaps ignorance is bliss...It's the only e30 I've driven, but I loved it for what it is. It's slow, but it's a tank. I guess the 4.10s made it feel fun. You guys are really making me want to see what the bigger motors are all about.

From an owner's perspective, what did you not like about it? And what would you have done differently.
If it was just slow it would be forgivable, but it's also unreliable and a flawed design from the factory. It gains nothing over the S50/52 and gives up a lot.

If I could do it again/what I will do with a second car? S52, Zf 5-speed, 5 Lug swap, E36/Z3 steering rack, 3.38 gears.
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I have a stock '89 325is and an '86 325es Mtech1 with s54 and mk60 ABS.

IMHO the '89 325is is the e30 to buy other than the M3. The '89 has the full facelift to the plastic bumpers and still had pop out rear windows and ellipsoid headlights but it also didn't have airbags or the additional crash structures from the later cars making it the lightest facelifted e30. e36/e46 steering rack swaps are also easier on the pre-airbag cars and it is one of the best mods for the chassis. I would always take a 6cyl over a 4cyl e30. The weight penalty of the 6 isnt huge and they are still balanced cars. FWIW my '89 has perfect working A/C, ABS, power steering, power windows, etc. and the premium stereo sounds great. Heated seats were an option and are plug and play to add.
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The only two BMWs I've owned were an E30 325is and my current E46 M3.

I absolutely loved my E30, every ride felt special. Mine was in great shape and it was fun to get a lot of love on the road too. I even got a few offers to buy it on the spot.

All the often repeated lines about driving an E30 are true. Chuckable, stable, peppy, and super fun to drive.

But the thing that made me sell it and get a much newer car was safety. E30 forum guys can try to make you feel good about how you'd do in a crash (they are always quick with very optimistic post crash photos). Then they'll tell you how it was one of the first cars built in the "safety cell" era.

Here's reality: We live in a world where the average vehicle weight is over 1K lbs heavier than an E30. I was routinely looking at the centercaps of big trucks and SUVs at stoplights. If you get T-boned, you have about 6 inches between you and the outside world. Steel only goes so far.

If I were younger and not a dad, I'd rock an E30 daily. But the reality is driving an E30 on US roadways is (significantly?) more dangerous than driving an E46 or any other car produced after 2000.
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