3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
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:
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?
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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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.
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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