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Big Dilemma over here: Competition package or not?? Opinions Please?

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Hey guys,

I was in the dealership tonight about to put down my deposit on an '05 Steel Gray fully loaded when I started looking at another M3 on the showroom floor with the comp package.

WHAT I LIKE (about the comp package):

1. I love the ZCP wheels. I am 90% sure I would buy them on the base M3 anyway as an extra set and maybe mount some all weather tires on the 18" wheels.
2. The larger and cross drilled rotors. I had no idea the ZCP package had upgraded braking as well. Anyone have track test #s that say whether or not the larger and drilled rotors have a true performance increase? They should, but thats not always the case from my experience. The vette Z51 has almost no performance increase with the drilled rotors.
3. Exclusivity - the comp package is obviously a bit more exclusive since it was only offered in the last year of production.


1. You lose the streering wheel controls. This is really big for me as I love radio and cruise controls on the steering wheel. Really can't make up my mind on this one. I am so pissed you can't have it both ways.
2. Louder brakes - Supposedly the brakes are noticeable louder with the comp package and probably break down a bit quicker since they are more track oriented.
3. $4,000. For $4,000 extra you can get a pretty mean set of rims (probably even lighter than the ZCP) from BBS or someone else and still have a few dollars left over. But you don't get the improved braking or exclusivity.

Have I considered all the issues? What would you guys do if you were buying it over today? Keep in mind I am 90% sure I will swap out the stock 19s for the ZCPs one way or the other. But I don't really like the alcantra wheel since I want the steering controls.

:dunno: :dunno: :dunno: So undecided at this point. Any advice would be great.


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bimmerguy said:
WOW, thanks for the links. I just watched that vidio three times in a row. :D

Went into production this week. Six more weeks to go!! WOHOOO!! :thumbup:
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bren said:
Not for some people :angel:
That would be me!! :p :D

Spoken like the true bren ZCP basher I know very well. :rofl: :rofl:

For some people who don't want to "mod" there car this is a nice OEM package.

If people want to spend the extra 2100 over the price of the regular M3 with the 19 inch rim option so be it.

Same could be said for Nav. Is it worth it for you. That's it. :thumbup:
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Nick325xiT 5spd said:
The bottom line is that if you insist on keeping your car stock and are aware of the fact that there's a good chance you'll have major brake issues on track (or at least will have to spend Brembo money on OEM rotors), the ZCP is a nice package. It's basically bling factor, but it's well executed bling factor.

For soemone like, say, me, the ZCP package is pretty useless. My car will kick a ZCP's ass any day of the week. But it god damned well should, with what I've spent on suspension, wheels, and tires. Since I'd probably have spent all the same money if I'd got the ZCP in the first place, the package isn't useful to me.
Very understanable for the track person. As it should be.

But if you don't track your car? Should you not buy an M3? :dunno:

If you have the option to get a better pkg from the factory and don't want to "mod" I think its a good alternative. :)

Again if it meets your needs then do it. All a personal choice. :thumbup:
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Lori said:
The ZCP package is perfect for me as I don't want to mod the car. The stereo rocks, the appearance is awsome and the car handles great. If you plan to mod then the ZCP is a waste of money IMO. I think the ZCP is great for people who lease but want a custom look and slightly better performance.
I could not have said it better. :thumbup:

Lease or buy.
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elvisinturn1 said:
I can't tell ya how much I love the Competition model. Just picked it up yesterday, and I have no regrets. Sucks not having some controls, but afterall, I bought an M3 instead of a 3XX for a reason :D I've put 300 miles on it since yesterday morning. I don't hear any brake noise, nor can I complain. The "Sport" and "M" modes are fun to play around with. Too bad I gotta shift at 5k for 1100 more miles :cry:
WoHOOO!! Congrats!! :thumbup:

You guys are killing me. :mad: I can't wait.
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