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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 Fri, Jun-23-2017, 02:07:08 AM   #1
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Hello dear members

I have posted in BMW forums for a good ammount of time but now the time has come where I am actually going to get my full time job and I'll be able to get a used M3 I always wanted.

My only dillema I have here after seing 2 adverts for them... E46 vs E92 M3. They both have the same milleage. I am completely confused, I would have figured the E92 M3 be much more expensive.

Here is the listing for the 09 E92 M3 and here is the one for the E46 M3.

THe E92 would be much more convenient becasue it's in the same province that I am in so no need to pass a safety for "importing" the vhiecle.

My only concern is reliability. I have read stories about rod bearing issues on both vehicles. Also after seeing how you change a light bulb in the E9X, I am scared that DIY on the E9X is more complicated, although I am up to the task.

And personally, I love the V8 sound more. But I am not rich and also would like to know what to expect if there is a major difference in cost for maintenance.

Thanks for helping out really appreciate communities like these
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I've never had an E46 M3, but I do have an E90 M3. Rod bearings in the E90 M3 are and are not an issue. Many have driven for over 100k miles with no problems. If you're worried like I was, factor in $2-3k and have them changed. Other than that, the other expensive thing to consider is throttle actuators. They appear easy to install, but they're pricey. I've done some work on my car (like the HID bulb) and it's not particularly difficult. Other things will have you searching for a good independent shop.

From what I've read the E46 M3 has more potential issues: VANOS, subframe cracks. Either way, you'll have a fantastic car.
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The e9X section of this forum doesn't get much traction-- most members here are e46 owners.

Much like the e46 section doesn't get much use on M3post.

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