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I'll try to do this as briefly as possible. After college I went to NYC to work for the past 10 year. So, bottom line is I didn't need car. Now I'm relocating to San Diego with my new employer. And, well, as life is in SoCal, you need a car. I'm thinking of shopping in around the $23-25k range. I can afford more, but beyond that it seems like a waste. So definitely going for a used car. My commute to work is just 20 miles.

So I did a little research around and I feel like I can get:
2001 330ci
1999 M3
2002 Lexus IS300

I've been leaning towards the BMWs cuz, well, as nice as the IS300 is, I'd always *know* that the beemer would be more fun.

So question is what makes more sense? And how much creedance to people put in warranties?

I know that Warranty Direct will sell an extended bumper-to-bumper warranty on the 330ci as long as it's < 50k miles. For about $2300 I can get converage for another 4 years or to 100k miles. On the other hand, they will not sell coverage for an M3.

Seems that there are a number of vehicles in the price range, but I seem to have numerous concerns about whether I need a warranty or one can get by with a very well inspected car and careful maintenance thereafter?

So bottom line, M3 or 330ci? Warranty or no?
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I personally would reccomend the M3. The M3 is truely a "fun" car to drive. It's very quick and just feels good. I've owned both, M3 and 330ci. The warranty, that's a tough question. I would go without, chances are that a 99 is going to have very few to no problems. So, I would say M3, no warranty.
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Hi!! I would go with the M3 all the way. 330Ci is a good car aswell, no doubt.

Don't get the warranty. BMWs are reliable cars.

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So if you had to choose between '99 M3 with say, 45k miles...
or an '01 330ci with about 35k w/ a remaining warranty..

Still the M3, assuming both are in equal condition?

Would it be safe to assume that M3 might have been driven harder or abused more?
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Chances are the M3 wasn't owned by the little old lady who only drove it to church on Sunday. Can't think of many reasons except one, to own an M3.
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I would go with the 330ci. You are looking at the same engine basically, and i think the new body style looks sooo much better than the old. Now if you were talking about getting a e46 M3 then its no question. I got a 330 over an m3 and i am so happy with my decision.
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Well....first off....DO NOT get the IS300. They can't be compared to what a BMW can handle.

Yes, BMWs are more fun than Lexi.....IMO more sporty.

The 330Ci is nice....but the ultimate driving machines are the M3s/M5s. Ask anybody and they will say the same thing.

I'd advise the e46 M3 because it is the newest body style...and I personally like driving both the 6 speed manual as well as the SMG models.

The M3 overall it is a much better car, not that the 330Ci is a bad choice but the M3 would be the better of the two.

Warranty on any e46?....they are really reliable...rarely are the M3s in for a serious problems. Most e46s are in for routine check ups...
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I'd pick the 330ci over a 99 M3 (I wouldn't even consider a Lexus) -

German > Japanese

The 99 M3 (E36) is about to turn 2 generations old, and it looks dated. The E46 looks so much nicer IMO. Only if performance is most important to you would I go with the M3.
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i thought about the same choice m3 or 330ci, i went with the 330ci for a few reasons, styling, age, new enginering, and it was easier to find and decent car.
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330Ci.... looks better.... Also performance not as good as M3 but enough for you to have "fun" driving
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I'm still sort of on the fence on this one. On one day, I'll be leaning towards a '99 M3, but just when I think I'm convinced I want the M3, I take another good look at the styling and I can't help but feel its a bit too angular for me. I definitely like the E46 styling better. Can't spend the amount for a 2001+ M3 in good conscience.

For the time being I've gone back to looking at the '01 330ci. I like the new styling, and my wife dislikes most of the '99 M3 colors...
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M3 for sure..sure the body style is different but youll get a whole more performance with it..i still get looks and comments with my 98 m3

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