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Old 12-26-2009, 12:37 AM
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///M3... good in the wet?

hey all,
i have been looking at a bunch of cars since i sold my b6 s4 about a month ago and the e46 M3 is at the top of my list. i searched on here for a thread about their performance in the wet but to no avail.
So I pose the question to you guys: how do you rate the performance of the e46 m3 in wet conditions?
i assume it has alot to do with what kind of rubber you're running. but am i going to be greatly disappointed switching from quattro to the rwd?

oh and as a side note. i came across a lease offer for a 2010 mitsu evo gsr which is a rather good deal... any thoughts of how the e46 m3 stacks up against it?
thanks
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:39 PM
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Like you said, it really comes down to the tires you have. Additionally, you're not going to be able to launch the car in the wet like an AWD car, no matter what tires you have. They'll just spin.

That being said, I seem to recall a road track test in the wet of the E46 M3 vs the S4(B5 or B6, can't remember) and the M3 beat it.

I think the M3 handles quite well in the wet, both on the street and at the track.
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:15 PM
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The following link may help answer some of your questions about M3 in the wet weather;
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=421416
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:10 AM
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ty for the replies... any opinion on the evo x v. the m3?
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:49 AM
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Owning both Audis and an E46, as well as having seat time in my friend's E46 M3 I'd say the biggest factor in the wet is the tires, but quattro does make a significant difference as well. My E46 is fine in the rain, but it's not as good as having AWD.

But how fast are you going in the rain? The E46 does fine in the rain as long as you're not going crazy fast. If you're driving fast enough in the rain to notice a significance of the AWD relative to the E46 then you're likely way over the speed limit.
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