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Old 09-13-2006, 09:14 PM
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Is an SMG M3 more valuable than a manual?

Hi, I'm new to the forum and in the market for a used M3 - E46.
Now, I'm not weathly and, in Australia, BMW are bloody expensive (check the prices at www.bmw.com.au).
So - before I lay down my cash, I'm trying to do some reaseach and here's some questions for you guys who know...

) Apparently 80% of the E46 M3s were ordered with the SMG box in Australia. When new – the SMG and manual were the same price. Do you think the buy ratio makes the SMG more valuable than a comparable mileage/equiped manual?

2) With a new V8 M3 to arrive early next year – what do you think it will do to resale of current (no longer produced) model? What happened to the prices of the old M5 when the new one arrived?

Here’s what I’m thinking – if the new one arrives at a similar “new” price to the current car – then the current car devalues – badly

If the new one is $20K more – then the old one keeps its resale.

Hope you guys can add some thoughts to these questions - thanks in advance.
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Old 09-14-2006, 10:06 AM
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Most members are in the USA, where the split between the two transmissions is more 50-50 and where SMG is an expensive option. I don't think many of us are going to be qualified to talk about the M3 market in Oz.
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Old 09-14-2006, 12:02 PM
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Old 09-14-2006, 12:04 PM
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Old 09-14-2006, 02:23 PM
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Is an SMG M3 more valuable than a manual?
.. althought I havent driven an SMG, I opt for a MT, for I intend to keep the car longer and it can be a little less expensive to maintain.
Im under the impression for resale MT is the more popular option, bcoz most any shops can work on a clutch tranny over an SMG, therefore more valuable. thats my take.

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Old 09-14-2006, 06:21 PM
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I'd say if 80% of them were SMG then SMG is likely more valuable. Here in the states most cars are ordered with an automatic and a stick will make the car less valuable because there's a small market for the resale of the car. Being that 80% were ordered SMG, I'm guessing that's what most people want in Australia.
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Thanks to those that replied...
I assumed the SMG would be more valueable - I was hoping for some opinions of those more knowledgable in such matters.
Going to look at a manual tomorrow - $110K (AUS) - ($82.5K US). 2004 model, 24,00klms (15000miles)...
That makes a new (US) E90 M3 sound cheap..
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Old 09-24-2006, 06:13 PM
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Thanks to those that replied...
I assumed the SMG would be more valueable - I was hoping for some opinions of those more knowledgable in such matters.
Going to look at a manual tomorrow - $110K (AUS) - ($82.5K US). 2004 model, 24,00klms (15000miles)...
That makes a new (US) E90 M3 sound cheap..
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Effing ouch. $82.5k for a used M3?

God bless America!!
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