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Old 07-10-2006, 09:10 PM
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Should I get a 335i instead of a M3 02 cabrio instead

wow! I just got back from vacationing and the forum notified me via email that the 335i USA prices are now available.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/attach...6&d=1152216122

335i at 300HP and 300tque, I having a second look for an ED configured with MT, ZSP, heat seat, comfort package, metalic paint, MTranny would be about the same price to a very clean 02 M3 cabrio steel grey/blk int with 21k miles.

Im due to finalize at deal this week, Should I reconsider an 335i instead? and forget the M badge
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:05 AM
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How is the 335 not a "no-brainer"

more torque/bigger brakes/newer look
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:04 PM
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:08 PM
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lease an M3 cab for two years. Then get the E93 M3 cab.
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:28 PM
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I'd get the 335i - lease it and trade it in down the road for the E93. I'm very nervous about this car because it is going to be able to give my '03 M3 a run for its money big time. M3s Not king of the road anymore. :-(
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:52 PM
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lease an M3 cab for two years. Then get the E93 M3 cab.

lease a 2002 bmw thats 4 years old? damn....

any idea will the new e92 be around for a cab? hard top fold in or soft top?


but get the m3 vert. I love this car.

I feel sorry for guys who went with the 330 (my father) and those suckers who have a roof on their car as well
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:40 AM
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the seller of the 02 M3 Im about to get made this comments on my thoughts about an 335i instead, which I though was very amusing.

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"a 335 is not going to be an M3, and don't be fooled by 300hp. The car will
be soft and tuned for women, just like the 330ci was. Believe me, you will NOT
be happy with that car."

thats a true M3 guy talking

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any idea will the new e92 be around for a cab? hard top fold in or soft top?
but get the m3 vert. I love this car.
I feel sorry for guys who went with the 330 (my father) and those suckers who have a roof on their car as well
the new M3 cab will be 2-3 yrs from now, I guess after the M3 release. expect the cab to be a hardtop like the benz, which will take a toll on added weight. That was the issue before, but from latest news they will go ahead and built the M3 in cabrio

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Old 07-12-2006, 11:52 AM
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Makes me think the new M3 is going to be something else...
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Old 07-12-2006, 01:07 PM
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the seller of the 02 M3 Im about to get made this comments on my thoughts about an 335i instead, which I though was very amusing.

quote:

"a 335 is not going to be an M3, and don't be fooled by 300hp. The car will
be soft and tuned for women, just like the 330ci was. Believe me, you will NOT
be happy with that car."

thats a true M3 guy talking



the new M3 cab will be 2-3 yrs from now, I guess after the M3 release. expect the cab to be a hardtop like the benz, which will take a toll on added weight. That was the issue before, but from latest news they will go ahead and built the M3 in cabrio
I don't think the added weight would be a concern for anyone. The true enthusiast who is buying the M3 for performance won't be buying a cab anyway. Besides, the rumored 400+ hp should be able to get you down the block pretty quickly even if the convertible hardtop was made of lead.
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Old 07-12-2006, 02:21 PM
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Makes me think the new M3 is going to be something else...
I just saw another test on TV.

I think the M3 you guys have is going to have a hard time with the 335i.
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Old 07-12-2006, 03:23 PM
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I think the M3 you guys have is going to have a hard time with the 335i.
I agree. A very hard time. It's either the new M3 or the 335-- unless you *must* have the convertible.
Otherwise, it doesn't make much sense. I don't know how the 335 coupe with a sport package suspension
can be *that* much softer and blander than a cabrio. Probably a whole lot more fun too.

Of course, it won't be an M and everything that the brand carries-- chachet, prestige, yada, yada...
But to me, depending on your preferences, it's a no-brainer.
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Old 07-12-2006, 04:21 PM
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Im holding any 335i comments, if I can help it, until I get to test drive one of these.
Im sure 335i will earn a spot in the BMW family lineup,
but lets not expect to have it replace the M spot at the family dinning table.

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Old 07-13-2006, 12:11 PM
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Nobody thinks the 335 replaces the upcoming new M3

I does seem to be the equivalent of the E46 M3.

When you can get new for the same $$.... why buy a used equivalent.
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Old 07-14-2006, 07:40 AM
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I think the 335i will be a nice car, but I would not want to own one the first year out.
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:37 AM
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The thing that is interesting on the 335 is the potential of any turbo’d engine for modification. The new M3 with the V8 will I’m sure be hugely fast but with some mods to a 335 and it could be a good race. Just look what they can do with Turbo 4’s Evo (especially a UK FQ Evo) and STI anyone…
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:54 AM
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lease a 2002 bmw thats 4 years old? damn....

any idea will the new e92 be around for a cab? hard top fold in or soft top?


but get the m3 vert. I love this car.

I feel sorry for guys who went with the 330 (my father) and those suckers who have a roof on their car as well
As if you are driving it with the top down right now... Didnt' think so....
With 115F you really WANT a roof over your head.
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:14 PM
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As if you are driving it with the top down right now... Didnt' think so....
With 115F you really WANT a roof over your head.


every day the top is down

I am always around south tempe as well warner. elliot

silver with black leather

top is down 90% of the time

when I had my stang vert it was the same too.
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Old 07-14-2006, 06:51 PM
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every day the top is down

I am always around south tempe as well warner. elliot

silver with black leather

top is down 90% of the time

when I had my stang vert it was the same too.
damn, what's wrong with you. ? :-)
I am already hurting from the black leather after having it parked in the sun (and that's with a roof). ah well.
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Old 07-14-2006, 07:05 PM
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damn, what's wrong with you. ? :-)
I am already hurting from the black leather after having it parked in the sun (and that's with a roof). ah well.



I went the last week without even putting the top up. It is garaged at home, I have cover parking at work, I work out at nite and this means no sun to kill the leather so I just leave the top down. Lets just say my car gets very dusty inside though.

When the top is up, chics never seem to check you out.
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I went the last week without even putting the top up. It is garaged at home, I have cover parking at work, I work out at nite and this means no sun to kill the leather so I just leave the top down. Lets just say my car gets very dusty inside though.

When the top is up, chics never seem to check you out.
maybe that's because of the person in it

Just kidding. I work during the day. Have covered parking and a garage at home so it's never really an issue.
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If you like low end torque get the 335i. The E46 M3 feels underpowered below 3K rpms. 3K - 5K it gets interesting but won't blow you away. 5K - 8K it feels like a speed demon. If you don't like that kind of driving style then get the 335.
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Own a M and then you will see what us ///M owners feel. the 335i will be made to sell to everyone - the high school girl - to the rice grade to german engineering. It will not be a track ready vehicle like them and the performance in turbo versus - NA will be a big difference. Remember the M cars are a specific and not your run of the mill 335i will be made in the 100k 's of them.

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Own a M and then you will see what us ///M owners feel. the 335i will be made to sell to everyone - the high school girl - to the rice grade to german engineering. It will not be a track ready vehicle like them and the performance in turbo versus - NA will be a big difference. Remember the M cars are a specific and not your run of the mill 335i will be made in the 100k 's of them.

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Own a M and then you will see what us ///M owners feel. the 335i will be made to sell to everyone - the high school girl - to the rice grade to german engineering. It will not be a track ready vehicle like them and the performance in turbo versus - NA will be a big difference. Remember the M cars are a specific and not your run of the mill 335i will be made in the 100k 's of them.

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I did not know the M's were track ready.
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Own a M and then you will see what us ///M owners feel. the 335i will be made to sell to everyone - the high school girl - to the rice grade to german engineering. It will not be a track ready vehicle like them and the performance in turbo versus - NA will be a big difference. Remember the M cars are a specific and not your run of the mill 335i will be made in the 100k 's of them.
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I understand what you mean, thks for the insight, for it seems my heart was swaying towards the M. Not only becoz its an M, but also becoz I want an M cabrio

thks for all others insights

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