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Old 03-03-2009, 11:08 PM
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Exclamation 16yoa.M3.Crazy,man!

Yep, you are. I remember trying to imitate Steve McQueen while driving my Mom's 1967 Mustang down a twisting road. The right front wheel was very bent when I came to a stop on the curb:
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:15 AM
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yes,but if you got him an older one say e36 or e30 maybe not so bad.Though they are fast cars,they handle well and that to me is safe.
The only wrecks Ive had in my life I believe were avoidable if I only had a better handling car. Oh yeah will you adopt me?
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:48 PM
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My friends dad bought my friend his first car a 2005 modded audi s4, and nothing happened to him, we actually had a lot of fun with the car.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:49 PM
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im 17 now, and i started out on a 99 altima, and i drive a 96 grand cherokee most of the time. I drive my dad's 97 m3 from time to time when the weather is nice. I was ready to drive it when i did but i was definitly not ready when i got my license. i LOVE it!!!!!
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:52 AM
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Seriously. #1 thing is he WILL be tempted to race and he won't be able to resist. Get him a volvo. Please. Let him get at least 4 years of experience under his belt before he takes on a driving machine like the M3.

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If M3 at 16.

Where does he go frome there.....give him a chance to appreciate lifes hard fought rewards..

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Old 04-26-2009, 10:31 PM
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Seriously though, what does a 16 year old know about driving? i know getting good grades is a great thing don't get me wrong, but i would not award him with an m3. if you're looking to buy him a car, get him a civic or something worth banging around. being that he's so young and naive, you probably don't want to put him behind a powerful machine. worst thing to happen is he gets into an accident because you just wanted to make him happy with buying him the car. just speaking from experience.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:35 PM
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:48 AM
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Only if you want to bury him...

M3's are VERY fast. I can give you whiplash if I want just leaving a light. They are great cars but not for the inexperienced driver. They are fun to drive, but too fast for kids.
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:26 AM
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That is not to much power. My first car was a 2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10.

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Old 02-25-2012, 11:31 PM
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Made my eldest son wait until he was 18 to get his license. Gave him a cream puff Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and told him it was the first and last car I'd buy for him. There wasn't a mark on the vehicle when I gave him the keys. He had seven accidents in six months and the vehicle looked like it had been in a smash up derby. When my younger son turned 18 I hoped he would have learned from his older brother who was back to hitching rides with friends. No such luck. When the youngest turned 18 we went car shopping and I bought him a triple black cream puff Saab 900S that got almost 30 MPG. I would have been proud driving this car and it would have lasted me 7 years or more. Once again it was death by 1,000 cuts for this car. He destroyed a perfectly fine automobile over the course of 18 months and turned it into a rolling wreck! Granted my boys have a small number of friends that weren't in accidents in the first year they were driving...but not many. I owned a 99 M3 and I currently own a 98 M3. No way I would buy a car that fast for my sons. Giving them a practical car is dangerous enough. My advice is to tell him you love him and put limits on what you will buy him. Tell him he can have his first hot rod when he can afford to purchase it. He'll take care of it that way and by the time he saves that kind of dough he'll be old enough to handle it.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:39 PM
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Just came up with an idea for you. Tell your son he has to earn the M3 and the way he can do that is to drive the practical car you buy him for 18 months with no accidents and no tickets. If he does that he's truly exceptional and he's proven he's a good driver. So tell him if he pulls that off you'll trade the practical car in for an M3. Experienced drivers go years between accidents and tickets with no trouble but it will be nearly impossible for him to pull this off since he's inexperienced. So this gives him hope and a goal to shoot for and a reason to drive safely and take good care of the car you gave him while almost certainly getting you off the hook without having to kill the kid's dream. I wish I would have thought of this for my boys...but I doubt it would have mattered!
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:29 AM
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E36's are very safe if the worst where to first 325is saved my life after a rollover avoiding a deer I got sideways at 70 and clipped a guard rail flipped the car, only scratched My hand a little from the windshield falling on me (seatbelts and airbags also played a big factor) but I will say that if there was a passenger with me there's a good chance they would have sustained serious injuries... I now drive a E36 M3 (my second M\\) and it's night and day difference as far as power and would never put a 16 yr old in one maybe an 318IS
But it's way too easy to get in trouble in the M3 it'll get away from you quick especially if your a kid trying to show off
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