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#1 (permalink) Old 09-03-2004, 09:12 AM
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Hello All.

Thanks for your help on my previous post regarding 2000 or 2002 M5. I think I will rule out the 00 based on your input.

Seems that I have another option besides the
2002 M5
$78K Cdn (rock bottom price)
42K kms
Silver/Black/Aluminun
Nav

As well, I can get a:
2003 M3 Cabriolet
$74K Cdn (may be negotiable)
16K Kms
Silver Grey/Black
19" Rims
Hard top in body color

I'm test driving the M3 today(will be first time driving an M3),


I realize they are different cars, but any feedback where one shines greater then the other, or issues that one might have over the other, etc. would be appreciated. Even just personal comments about driving them would be great!

This will be a daily driver, likely parked for the snow(I live in Canada).

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I personally like the M5 better. It all comes down to what you need or want in a car.

You may also want to consider car shopping in the US, it seems the prices are better down here...Yes I've factored in the conversion rate.

PS - What city you in?

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I'm 1hr outside of Toronto Ontario.

Prices may be a little better in the states. However in re-selling, especially back to the dealers, is harder to unload an american car in Canada. Dealers typically wont even take them.
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An M3 or M5 with snow tires? That will be interesting.
With all the snow and having to park in the snow, doesn't sound that good for the car. Have you drivin the 5 in the snow? with snow tires? Sounds like you need a 4x4 instead of a race car.

Just my .02.

We have other things to worry about in L.A.

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An M3 or M5 with snow tires? That will be interesting.
With all the snow and having to park in the snow, doesn't sound that good for the car. Have you drivin the 5 in the snow? with snow tires? Sounds like you need a 4x4 instead of a race car.

Just my .02.

We have other things to worry about in L.A.

Nah, dont plan to drive it in the winter. It is only 3 - 4 months of bad weather. I have a Taurus SHO shodding Blizzaks for that. I DO need a race car.
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2000 M5?
No comprende'

I do actually have an option on a 2000 M5. Not sure what you are referring to....
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I'm 1hr outside of Toronto Ontario.

Prices may be a little better in the states. However in re-selling, especially back to the dealers, is harder to unload an american car in Canada. Dealers typically wont even take them.
Even if you properly import the car?

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vvanherk:
I have posted this on the forum previously.
I don't know what the front-end clearance on the M5 is, but with my '04 M3, front end clearance is only 6".
If you live '1 hour outside Toronto', I'm guessing Barrie / Hamilton / Oshawa?!?
Anyway, snow will be a problem for you.
Driving in the snow is not the issue if you have SNOW TIRES (in fact I test drove an '03 M3 in the winter with snow tires before buying mine, and it was GREAT!).
However, if the roads aren't plowed and snowbanks are >6" then you'll be crying as you drag your front airdam through the snow.
Reading your post, I just got the idea that if you DID want to drive it in the snow, I don't think that it would be a great option with the M3. Drive your Taurus instead.

The M5 may be different with clearance issues, but from what I've seen on the streets here, clearance is similar. I've never driven an M5 but the M3s I test drove and mine as well has been awesome through the spring / summer, and I'm sure fall.

For this GROUND CLEARANCE reason alone, I'm gonna store mine for the winter and short-term lease something for 3 months
(I live in the north end of TO)
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Originally posted by cam540+Sep 4 2004, 09:25 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (cam540 @ Sep 4 2004, 09:25 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteBegin-vvanherk@Sep 3 2004, 11:30 PM
I'm 1hr outside of Toronto Ontario.

Prices may be a little better in the states. However in re-selling, especially back to the dealers, is harder to unload an american car in Canada. Dealers typically wont even take them.
Even if you properly import the car?[/b][/quote]


Yes, even if you import the car properly. Gauges are different for american cars ( we are metric up here). Also something to do with vehicle records, accidents, etc. You can sell them privately, but some people still take issue with it.
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go for the m5
its just as fast...with more room

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Definitally the M5, not as many of them around. Plus the M3 is a convertable, i dont like convertables as much

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if you have the option between m3 and m5 you should take the m5 without a doubt, it is a sedan, and a sedan that has incredible handling and power...how can you go wrong with that. plus not too many people have them

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Definitally the M5, not as many of them around. Plus the M3 is a convertable, i dont like convertables as much
m3 comes in a coupe and convertable and looks better than the m5
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Originally posted by vvanherk+Sep 5 2004, 06:47 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (vvanherk @ Sep 5 2004, 06:47 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
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I'm 1hr outside of Toronto Ontario.

Prices may be a little better in the states. However in re-selling, especially back to the dealers, is harder to unload an american car in Canada. Dealers typically wont even take them.

Even if you properly import the car?

Yes, even if you import the car properly. Gauges are different for american cars ( we are metric up here). Also something to do with vehicle records, accidents, etc. You can sell them privately, but some people still take issue with it. [/b][/quote]
Thats wierd, my dad has imported a few cars from canada before and even switched the speedo gauges, never had a problem.

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