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Old 04-10-2005, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In the next year or so I will have enough to actually get a M3! I've always wanted one and I am really excited except for how much insurance will be. What do you think I should do get the M3 and mod it or convert my car to M3 and fix all of its little problems. It would probably be more to convert to a M3 than to buy one but then the price of insurance outweighs that!!! I love the styling and performance of a M3 so if I converted I think I would just leave the rear debadged to leave people guessing what it is heh... Frankenbimmer!

Whatever the outcome is I have big plans on modding, like FI, suspension, and upgraded internals....

What should I do?!
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've actually thought of this same thing. I'm undecided as well. =/
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Hard decision. In my opinion is just depends on how bad the insurance difference is.
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Old 04-10-2005, 11:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The insurance shouldn't be a whole lot worse. I checked into it when I bought mine. If you mod your car that is not going to increase the resale value of the car like buying an M3 will. Modding your car will probably decrease the value of your car because most people that are going to buy it don't want to see a heavily modded car that is driven hard(at least in their heads it wil have been). No matter what you do to your car it will never be an M3. Just save the money and buy one if that is what you want. You should be able to find a decent M3 for 15-20k, and that is with fairly low miles. At least around here you can. I have thought about this and decided that I like my car for what it is, and it will never be an M3 so I am not going to waste my money trying to make it that. I will spend money on it to make it nicer and such but would rather save my money for a real M3 or an E46.
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The insurance factor is where many people go wrong. If you mod your 328 with forced induction and other performance mods, you have to tell your insurance company about them in order to get them insured.(This is, after all, the point of insurance: protecting your investment.) By telling them, your insurance will go up. Your insurance would most likely be more with a FI 328 than it would be with a lightly modded M3. I'd say get the M3, put all the mods you can on it without FI, and you will be happy. Then if you want to sell it later on, just take all the bolt-on's off and sell it as stock.
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Old 04-11-2005, 12:16 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I say get the m3 and mod it, they are right about the insurance.
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