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Old 08-21-2015, 11:48 AM
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Costs To Own: E46 M3 vs 335i

I'm torn between these sweet verts two cars I'm considering. I'd only get both with 6MT

How about a 2006 M3, the last year of the E46s vs. 1st gen 2007 335i?

The 335i has newer technology so I'd assume easier less costly maintenance. Also a hardtop so more practical vs. the soft top M3. By practical too, I mean better as a daily driver.

Any other experiences to share? Thanks fellas.
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:02 PM
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All things being equal, any M Car will be more labor intensive thus expensive to maintain, than a non M. I owned a 2002 S54 M Roadster for nine years did all the maint myself from brakes to valve adjustments to VANOS service, and can speak from experience reference maintenance requirement's for the S54 power plant.
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Old 08-23-2015, 02:02 AM
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That's a tough question. On one hand, there's the "M-tax" on any M3-specific parts. On the other hand, the E92 is a more complex car and has turbos. As an overall statistical trend, I think the E92 would have repairs needed less frequently, but would bite harder once it occurs.

However, the history of the individual car is far more important than model statistics. So it's worth getting either car checked over very carefully.

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The 335i has newer technology so I'd assume easier less costly maintenance.
Unfortunately, the overwhelming trend is that newer technologies cost more to repair.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:24 AM
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And the choice is..... M
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