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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 Fri, May-24-2019, 01:16:28 PM   #1
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Default Driving or working on

Might be an odd question but anyone have a preference on what they enjoy most? I love driving the M3 but I think I like working on them more.

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I like tracking it the most. Now that I have much less free time these days, I realize that I miss working on the car.
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Old Fri, May-24-2019, 03:23:46 PM   #3
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i used to do nearly 100% of my own work, but over time your schedule gets to the point that that is no longer realistic for many - family, work, kid activities all take up time. i used to enjoy it very much, but now i enjoy spending time with the family - soccer games, time together in the pool, going to the gym. some of us are even caring for an elderly parent at this point. priorities, but i still love my toys!!
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I like wrenching on it as much as driving it. Planning/buying/installing mods is sometimes more fun than feeling what the mod did the car; sometimes, not always.

For those of us long term owners with little left to do to the car, something like DIY detailing can be really rewarding.
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I like wrenching on it as much as driving it. Planning/buying/installing mods is sometimes more fun than feeling what the mod did the car; sometimes, not always.

For those of us long term owners with little left to do to the car, something like DIY detailing can be really rewarding.
Very much agree. I have several cars, and there is always something on at least one car that needs to be done. Tinkering with these is just part of it. And like you said - if I'm not fixing/upgrading it - i'm cleaning/detailing it. Its a good hobby.
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Modifying, maintaining, and looking at the finished product is more fun than actually driving. The enjoyment from the drive relates back to my choice of modifications anyway. Whether it’s the attention it commands in the street or performance feedback on the road, I relate it back to my mods.
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I like having mine in pieces in the garage


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Default Re: Driving or working on

Then one of you masochists come do some work on my z4 while I feed you beers and talk shit...

I enjoy driving them and the work required has always been a means to an end, but then again it did lead to me working in the industry and doing the mechanical/tuning/install side of things for a number of years before moving into sales and operations management.
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Then one of you masochists come do some work on my z4 while I feed you beers and talk shit...
Sell it to me.
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I enjoy working on the car, but got a lot less interested after being in the industry.. looking forward to getting it back on track this fall to enjoy the fruits of my labor
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