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straightnochase
04-28-2008, 03:19 PM
Assume you are 32 years-old, married. Assume your household has a new luxury German sedan w/ a potent V8 (you gave it to your sig other) and you want to replace your other car (say a Volvo S60) with something small and fun-to-drive. Your budget is $35k.

Which would you get, a new 135i, used 335i or used E46 M3?

I'm leaning towards a used M3 (trade day-to-day ride comfort/high maintenance for very hard sport driving), but still have some unsettling feelings for 135i/335i in the back of my head.

Would love to hear what you would do.

Thanks,

Chris90
04-28-2008, 03:55 PM
I'd probably get an early 996. Going BMW, I'd get an E34 M5 or E30 M3.

Of your choices I'd get an E46 M3 - it's just that you see so many of them they're a bit played out.

GBPackerfan1963
04-28-2008, 04:02 PM
e39 M5 FTW

chicagofan00
04-28-2008, 04:03 PM
Seeing that I have a 335i already, I would have to say a 135i. Besides I always like to have a new vehicle. Nothing beats the smell of stepping into a brand new BMW! :)

zombiewuff
04-28-2008, 05:04 PM
Since you specifically mention "fun to drive", then you should absolutely consider a slightly used e86 M Coupe. It has everything you'd want from that e46 M (minus the superfluous back seat) in a smaller, more nimble package. It also has the added bonus of being a lot less common. This is truly a driver's car.

Sylvan515
04-28-2008, 05:11 PM
I would presonally go with the 135i...it's newer, just about as fast, and get a little better gas mileage....but then again who buys a BMW for gas mileage? haha

AzNMpower32
04-28-2008, 07:20 PM
E46 M3. It perfectly matches the line "willing to trade some daily driving/high maintenance for some sporty driving." I wouldn't say its high maintenance, but just consumes stuff quicker (oil, clutch, etc...)

InsaneSkippy
04-28-2008, 07:31 PM
135i, mostly because it will have a full warranty.

e36m34life
04-29-2008, 12:01 AM
Since you specifically mention "fun to drive", then you should absolutely consider a slightly used e86 M Coupe. It has everything you'd want from that e46 M (minus the superfluous back seat) in a smaller, more nimble package. It also has the added bonus of being a lot less common. This is truly a driver's car.

I concur. :thumbup:

I need to emphasize alot less common.

rye
04-29-2008, 12:48 AM
A 993 or 996 P-Car.

peakpro
04-29-2008, 04:24 AM
A 993 or 996 P-Car.


:thumbup:


if fun is the key word..

add cpo'ed boxster to the list...or a z4 3.0si...there is no more fun than when the top is down

e36m34life
04-29-2008, 05:19 AM
I just looked in the classifieds, and there is a black 17K mile 2007 BMW M Roadster for $39,xxx. I'm sure if you look some more, you can find one for cheaper, but probably not with so little miles on the clock.

I don't know if you didn't mention a M Roadster on purpose, or wether you never thought about one, but I think you should really consider one. They are very nice cars, and the exclusivity is always a huge plus.

Daytona550
04-29-2008, 06:22 AM
Since you specifically mention "fun to drive", then you should absolutely consider a slightly used e86 M Coupe. It has everything you'd want from that e46 M (minus the superfluous back seat) in a smaller, more nimble package. It also has the added bonus of being a lot less common. This is truly a driver's car.

+1:thumbup:

straightnochase
04-29-2008, 08:16 AM
i don't like convertibles.

i didn't think about the m coupe, as i was looking for a 4 seater rather than a roadster with a fixed roof. i haven't driven an m coupe before, but i shall. i think there is one available locally.

but this pushes up the buying cost close to 40k. also, once you start considering a two seater, you're entering a porsche territory, where things can get really complicated.

i have driven cayman s, and i really liked it. but don't think you can get a decent used porsche for less than 40k.

Tesla
04-29-2008, 10:01 AM
i don't like convertibles.

i didn't think about the m coupe, as i was looking for a 4 seater rather than a roadster with a fixed roof. i haven't driven an m coupe before, but i shall. i think there is one available locally.

but this pushes up the buying cost close to 40k. also, once you start considering a two seater, you're entering a porsche territory, where things can get really complicated.

i have driven cayman s, and i really liked it. but don't think you can get a decent used porsche for less than 40k.

Sure you can, you just have to be willing to go a bit older.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/car/657194264.html

brkf
04-29-2008, 10:07 AM
Another condo. With the monthly profit from the condo I'd buy the car. ;) Let the renters pay for it while I collect the equity.

MTech8
04-29-2008, 10:12 AM
It's funny. I just read an article making a similar comparison yesterday at Edmunds.com's insideline section.

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=125908?tid=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..3 .*

I would go for the 135i myself.

straightnochase
04-29-2008, 11:04 AM
i really like to go for the 135i, but its utterly ugly looks are making it very difficult.

the cayman s sure sounds good, but $43k for 2006 is the best i could find here on AutoTrader. the cayman s hasn't been around long enough, so it's very difficult to find a decent used one below $40k.

93LE
04-29-2008, 01:10 PM
Another condo. With the monthly profit from the condo I'd buy the car. ;) Let the renters pay for it while I collect the equity.


Ditto on the real estate suggestion. Just bought myself another $1000 beater econobox (35 mpg) to get to work while someone else is paying off my mortgage. You may not want to be 'caught dead' in such a car, but I couldn't care less what people think of me.

Chris90
04-29-2008, 01:26 PM
Ditto on the real estate suggestion. Just bought myself another $1000 beater econobox (35 mpg) to get to work while someone else is paying off my mortgage. You may not want to be 'caught dead' in such a car, but I couldn't care less what people think of me.

For the lazy like me, there are REITs, or the stock market in general.

93LE
04-29-2008, 01:34 PM
But back to cars, I'd get a used 996 long before a new(ish) BMW. But if you want a toy, I'd get a real no compromise sports car since the CLS already fills the role of luxo-barge very nicely. Maybe an Elise

strider41
04-29-2008, 05:39 PM
You really can't go wrong with any of your choices. Each choice has pros and cons. Ultimately it will depend on which performance, comfort, roominess or reliability/warranty factors are a higher priority from your perspective. Personally, I would go with the E46 M3.

AndrewZ
04-29-2008, 06:18 PM
06 e46330i6 zhp

Ryan M
04-29-2008, 06:24 PM
e39 M5 FTW

FTMFW!!!!

Ugly Bear
04-29-2008, 06:29 PM
Z4 M Coupe

Linh
04-29-2008, 07:38 PM
M3 for sure.

1bad540
04-29-2008, 09:01 PM
Honestly for that money you can basically drive anything, I would say e39 m5 or a used e46 m3 both are staels right now on the used car market and alot of them still have warrantees...:thumbup:

1bad540
04-29-2008, 09:10 PM
Btw the caymen is the fugliest car ever made, the boxter is for women, the m coupe looks like a shoe, any porsche owner will laugh at a boxter or a caymen, i would def get a used 911, the one that someone posted looks fantastic with low miles thats a real car:thumbup:

RedMRoadsterS52
04-29-2008, 11:41 PM
2002 M Coupe with low mileage. Or a late 80's-early 90's 911 Turbo.

equ
04-30-2008, 06:44 PM
Porsche, some form or another. While the 1er, the e46m3 etc. are all fun, you already have a fast sedan. Why have another?

A 964/993/996 or a 986S. You may be lucky enough to catch a 987 or even a 987S for that much soon. An s2000 is also nice.

straightnochase
04-30-2008, 07:29 PM
Porsche, some form or another. While the 1er, the e46m3 etc. are all fun, you already have a fast sedan. Why have another?

A 964/993/996 or a 986S. You may be lucky enough to catch a 987 or even a 987S for that much soon. An s2000 is also nice.

porsches sound good, but can't get a decent one at $35k. i've actually never bought a used car before, and i don't plan on buying one more than 4-5 years old. i can't get over the outdated interior and the risk of high maintenance costs of old cars (5 yr+).

i've probably driven more than a dozen E46 M3's in town in past couple of months. used car buying definitely needs patience.

ghostinhere
05-01-2008, 10:27 AM
consider also that DINAN has recently released their software for the 135/335 models. this brings the cars horsepower up to 380 and 421lbs/tq...
that sounds like a lot of "fun" to me :)

drallafi
05-01-2008, 10:34 AM
S2000 and a supercharger kit.

RiDeR7
05-01-2008, 11:21 AM
X5 4.4ihttp://www.bigbmw.com/2004BMWX5.jpg

Unagi1
05-01-2008, 06:54 PM
New Evo...or used M3

jcatral14
05-01-2008, 07:43 PM
P car.
Either a 993 or 987 :D

straightnochase
05-01-2008, 10:44 PM
test-drove an 135i w/ stick today. not edgy/rev-happy as the E46 M3, but what a great ride. it's going to be a tough decision between the E46 M3 and the 135i.

btw, also test-drove the new m-3. it's quite different an animal compared to the E46 M3. it was apparent that it lost that quick/nimble feel of the previous 6 cylinder M3's. it felt like it had gotten a tad lazier. the EDC, by the way, really makes a difference in the ride quality. it's definitely worth the money.