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E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014)
4th generation E90 M3 sedan, E92 M3 coupe and E93 M3 convertible. The last of the naturally aspirated M3s, powered by a 4.0 liter V8 making 414hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:03 PM
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Pics of 2011 M3 so pristine it displaced my Porsche Turbo from the garage. :-)

Hi, I am long time P. owner, but for many years now also want a BMW to "complete" the garage. (Long story: Actually ordered the 550i in 2004, car arrived, dealer was painting their facility and accidentally painted many cars, mine included, with a coat of paint; deal canceled when I found out accidentally - they hadn't planned on revealing to me what had happened, then on a whim I switched to Porsche.) The wife wants a 4 door, and I want a natural aspirated V8 of this generation, so I've been searching for a 2011 M3 for a while.

Got an email alert from Carmax at 11 pm Saturday a couple of weeks ago, had to rub my eyes to make sure I was not seeing things: 5900 miles on a White M3 with dual clutch transmission. By noon Sunday, I bought car for 54k + 6 year Carmax Extended Warranty for 2k. Local BMW shop had the car on the lift for inspection and our jaws dropped: pristine underneath and appeared never exposed to water, not much dirt either.
It seems previous owner had ticked every package and option on this car: premium package, competition package, moon roof, enhanced stereo (so so sound), heated seat. It has been a garage queen for whatever reason and for that I am thankful.
Car still has new car smell and it is so pretty that it actually has displaced my Turbo from our garage for now , to preserve that new car smell a while longer.

My humble opinions: So far, I absolutely love the car! It feels fantastic to drive and now I know why BMW has been on top for so long. Steering feel with Servotronic off is the best I've ever experienced for a sports sedan: tactile, not too light, not too heavy, perfect. The engine has linear delivery and once above 3000 rpm feels amazingly smooth and endlessly powerful - this is the heart and soul of this car and the main reason why I want it. Car does not feel light and quick off line but once up to speed on freeway is every bit a pleasure to drive as my Turbo, with a more linear power delivery. Throttle sensitivity is set to Sport as Normal feels a little too lazy for me. This engine seems biased for high rpm power delivery, meaning torque is weak at low rpm, and I think the more sporty throttle response compensates for that.
Car understeers a little bit, but I feel this is perfect for our use (street car, not taking to the track). Were I to take this M3 to the track, I probably would increase front camber to decrease the understeer.
Damper setting: Comfort and Normal are perfect for me. Sport is too stiff and reduces compliance quite a bit; as a result car feeling jittery especially for street driving. I don't know if anyone has compared, but I am not sure that track time is going to be better with the Sport setting, even with smoother surface of the track.

I also turn off the Servotronic steering as it is too quick, artificially quick, and am still fiddling with the so-so stereo. I am a seasoned and over-the-edge :thumbsup: audiophile and think they most certainly could do better with the amount of money they charge for this option. The exhaust could be a little louder but since this is the wife's car, unfortunately it will have to stay stock. With the right after-market exhaust, boy I know this V8 gem of an engine is going to sing!

This car has been a perfect company for my Porsche (NA vs. turbo, dual clutch vs. manual), a gem and a long-term keeper for me, primarily because of the naturally aspirated V8, which unfortunately I don't think we will ever see again in the M3. We are very lucky to have this driving experience.

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Old 08-28-2013, 01:07 PM
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Congrats! - Beautiful M3 - great find!
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:51 PM
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Did you just copy and paste from the other forum or was it the other way around? haha

By servotronic off, do you mean in sport mode? it gets tighter in sport mode.....also BPM has a servotronic tune if you like it a bit more stiff....feels much better.

BPM stage2 + servo tune - POS exhaust - catless - driver mod (ongoing)
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:27 PM
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Took my M3 baby to work with me and took some shots at work (I was on 24 hour call - why the planned night shots.)
Camera Canon 1D, lens 85 f/1.2, RAW developed by Capture One.

The more I drive the M3, the more I love it. On 2 critical parameters, steering and suspension, car is fantastic. Still prefer the non Servotronic steering setting though, as it is more natural to me. The Servotroni is quicker, but feels artificially so.

Dual clutch, coming from a manual transmission die-hard: love it, much more than I had expected. Very smooth and lightning quick.

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