M-Series (M1, M3, M5, M6)General M-Series Discussion - If it does not fit into a more specific M Category above, please place it in here. In addition, previously archived M-Series discussion is located in this section.
Just bought a 3 series for what i thought was gonna for me but quickly realized that my wife needs a car (my excuse for getting another one ) ive been test driving the m3's lately and am very impressed. Never have driven an m5 but i do like sedans better than coupes (just think they look nicer) wondering what the over all opinion is in the M forums. Wait for the new m5 or dish out the dough now for the m3? is there a large difference in speed, handleing, resale? thanks for the info.
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The M3 is a better performer... but I'm not sure against the new ones, but that's how it's been in the past. You'll have more problems with the M5. The BMW V-8 has tons of problems. 740s and 540s getting new engines after 50k miles (Consumer Reports complained of the 5 and 7 series and my mechanic confirmed it). Not a good sign. I would go for the M3, unless you've got small kids or are expecting them. Child seat in the back of the M3 isn't something I would like.
If you have kids, you would want more of a family car, so I would go with an E-500. Its a hot car, loaded with luxery options, and is an automatic so your wife can drive it no problems (unless she knows how to drive stick, then I apologize). The E46 M3 is more of a "guys" car cause its really fast, and sporty.
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