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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
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Old Mon, Oct-09-2017, 10:19:55 PM   #11
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Default Re: Hit a deer with my DD this moring.

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When I was driving 50+ miles a day for commuting I ended up leasing a BMW i3 - the lease cost less than I was paying for gas in the m3. And after the lease payment, it was basically free to drive.

But +1 on the Volt, my dad had one and it was a great commuter. I think my i3 payment was like $260/month or something... Hard to beat an electric car for a commuter.
My commute is 12 miles one way. I'm more in to practicality and fun for the DD, and being that it is FWD it was OK in the occasional snow.
GTI is just a great all around car and resale would have been great also. KBB shows that I could have gotten $15-16k. This is 1 month short of owning it for 5 years. Bought it for $26k so, ~$2k per year in depreciation. That is pretty spectacular.

The question really is do I fork out ~$15k out of pocket for a new MK7 GTI? Or do I sell the e46 M3 and fork out about $10k out of pocket for an M2?
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And property tax. Here in my town in CT it's about $450 a year. That alone is nearly $40 a month. Believe me I see the allure of having 1 car, I just can't bring myself to do it.
Yep, I'm at that stage in life where I have accumulated enough things......... cars, house, business, toys, etc....... and what i started to realize, is that it all of it costs money BEYOND just the initial purchase. Insurance, maintenance, registration, taxes. I like to keep things simpler again in that regard.
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Not trying to nag you on this but from everything you've just mentioned, you sound like the perfect candidate for EV.

I DDed a 330zhp and then went to a Volt. I'll never buy a ICE car again.
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I'm in CA, but not really a fan of e-vehicles.
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Not trying to nag you on this but from everything you've just mentioned, you sound like the perfect candidate for EV.

I DDed a 330zhp and then went to a Volt. I'll never buy a ICE car again.
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The E46 M3 will most likely be the last ICE car that I will own. It's a keeper and when I need a DD, it will be an EV.

You had a Golf, so next time you are at the VW dealer, test drive the E-Golf. There is a good chance it will change your opinion on EV cars. After my spirited test drive in the E-Golf, I was sold. Also, the gov't incentives are big +.
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Default Re: Hit a deer with my DD this moring.

As others have said after owning a DD I don't think I could go back to a single car. It's just too much compromise if you need an all in one. I like having the freedom of modding the m3 however I like. In ways that some would consider unpractical. Then also having the peace of mind of not having to worry about parking it or driving it to places where it might get dinged or scratched.

I too am going to go electric in the next year. Saves me money over my current DD and should be hopefully as fast and practical with 4wd. It will be a nice contrast to m3.

That said the m2 seems like an awesome DD and all in one vehicle. I just don't think I could personally go back. Tough choice for you forsure!
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Default Re: Hit a deer with my DD this moring.

Your VW isn't totaled. Had a similar accident in a Jetta years ago and they fixed it. I haven't driven an M2 but just bought an F80 M3 daily. Awesome car but the E46 still feels way better to me.
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Not trying to nag you on this but from everything you've just mentioned, you sound like the perfect candidate for EV.



I DDed a 330zhp and then went to a Volt. I'll never buy a ICE car again.


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The E46 M3 will most likely be the last ICE car that I will own. It's a keeper and when I need a DD, it will be an EV.



You had a Golf, so next time you are at the VW dealer, test drive the E-Golf. There is a good chance it will change your opinion on EV cars. After my spirited test drive in the E-Golf, I was sold. Also, the gov't incentives are big +.

OK, I will test drive one before I buy another car.



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Default Re: Hit a deer with my DD this moring.

I just completed a track weekend with an M2 in my run group and was impressed by how well it seems to work on track in bone stock form. My car with MCS 2WNRs and a square wheel/tire set up was a bit faster in the the road course portion of the roval and surprisingly pretty close on the one long straight but it appeared to be very composed everywhere on course and I'm pretty sure I was working harder to go at the pace we were holding. The other driver is coming from an E92 M3 and was wishing for more power (?-aren't we all)) but otherwise very happy with it. I think it would be a very capable dual duty car and the only thing I would change would be tires. Not trying to sway your decision just adding that it appears to be a very well suited to occasional track duty in stock form while maintaining reasonable comfort and convenience for street use.
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As others have said after owning a DD I don't think I could go back to a single car. It's just too much compromise if you need an all in one. I like having the freedom of modding the m3 however I like. In ways that some would consider unpractical. Then also having the peace of mind of not having to worry about parking it or driving it to places where it might get dinged or scratched.

I too am going to go electric in the next year. Saves me money over my current DD and should be hopefully as fast and practical with 4wd. It will be a nice contrast to m3.

That said the m2 seems like an awesome DD and all in one vehicle. I just don't think I could personally go back. Tough choice for you forsure!
Yes, you are right, it is always a compromise. It was the reason I switched to 2 cars in the first place. I just wonder if I could make it work now? What changed over the years is that the newer cars keep getting structurally sounder, and can handle a more aggressive suspension and camber plates, without completely ruining comfort.......to a certain extend.
I should note, that I live in a rural area, with decent roads, and virtually no traffic........at least nothing like living in a big city or the Bay Area where I was before.

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I just completed a track weekend with an M2 in my run group and was impressed by how well it seems to work on track in bone stock form. My car with MCS 2WNRs and a square wheel/tire set up was a bit faster in the the road course portion of the roval and surprisingly pretty close on the one long straight but it appeared to be very composed everywhere on course and I'm pretty sure I was working harder to go at the pace we were holding. The other driver is coming from an E92 M3 and was wishing for more power (?-aren't we all)) but otherwise very happy with it. I think it would be a very capable dual duty car and the only thing I would change would be tires. Not trying to sway your decision just adding that it appears to be a very well suited to occasional track duty in stock form while maintaining reasonable comfort and convenience for street use.
Thanks for your input. I have heard from several M2 owners who use their car as dual purpose. They basically did suspension, pads and tires and seem to be happy with it at the track.
I just so happened to be at Laguna Seca last Friday myself in a private run group with mostly GT4's, but also one M2. It was pretty modified. Some might now the car/driver? Alex from Alex's Shop in Fremont. He was just as fast as the GT4's out there, if not faster. Not sure what he has done to the car and it certainly was not a DD, but shows how capable the car is. He was easily 5 seconds a lap quicker than me and my car.
As far as the M2 needing more power. That is a easy fix on a turbo car. I'm sure a tune will get that taken care of.

It's a tough decision. I like the look of the e46 M3 better. It is cheaper and less of a loss if I stuff it in to a wall. And the advantages of 2 cars have been noted.
On the other hand, an M2 would be something new and exciting. Probably faster at the track, and I would be driving it every day, versus just once a week or so, which is good and bad.

Right now I am leaning towards keeping the e46 M3 and fixing my car, or buying an equivalent replacement.

Thank you all for your input.
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First things first... Test drive an M2 and see how you feel after
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