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#1 (permalink) Old 07-26-2005, 12:41 PM
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Hi everyone

I'm 23 and currently own an 05 plate Honda Civic Type R.

In the near future i'm thinking about the switch to an E46 M3

Just need all the advice i can get and what to pay etc..

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Oh and i want Lacuna Seca Blue!
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check the bmw site. it will give you a idea. or autotrader.

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Anything to be wary of?

Gearboxes etc..
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well im guessin you havent driven a SMG... i would go to the dealer and fuck up there trannys and see if you would lik the SMG over the 6 speed manuel.. oh yeah. the first few years they were out. they had a engine problem causing them to over heat.

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Does SMG take much of the performance away?
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Does SMG take much of the performance away?
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Actaully, I think the SMG adds performance. The shift time is insanely fast. But some (like me :wink ) would rather have a true manual. I guess it is all preference

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I'm used to a six speed manual in my Type R and it gets alot of use due to high reving i-VTEC engine and no low down torque.
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well just warnign you. the bmw transmission is nothing like a regural transmission, the feel is something to get used to. but is very much set up for performance in the driver.

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Moving from a Japanesse car to a German car is a big difference. BMWs are made for Sports and Comfort, basically BMW is the most luxurious sports car you can buy (where as Mercedes is the sportiest luxury car you can buy). The M3 is probably to me and many who don't have one (like my buddys with Z06 Vettes, GTO and RX8) envy the vast abilities from track use, to back seat and trunk and even drag strip use. It is very versatile and when you want to be nice and gentle and go for a drive and impress a woman, she will melt into the leather seats. I personally have the E36 M3, its cheaper to own and cheaper to upgrade for now. The E46 is still expensive and will be 'til the Newer M3 comes out.
Anyway, I would go with the Manual tranmission too. People I know who ordered an M3 with SMG like it, but miss the manual transmission and the reliability of it. Remember, more moving parts equal more expensive repairs.
You could have a very nice example of an E36 M3 right now, go take a look at one. Drive it for a few years, and soon enough the E46s will lower in Value and maybe you can have two! :P
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Sort of agree with you but i don't want a much older car than the one i already own which is a new 2005 plate.

Type R does impress ladies in this country too! 200 bhp in a hatchback.
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I love that color!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! B) But my personal favorite and I agree with fred on this one the envy of at least some of my friends (Rx-7, and rotary lovers, and some honda crazy people, {eww, hondas}) is the M3 ofcourse (just in case you could tell by my site name) but hope you have fun bimmer shopping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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When you look at BMW M3s, don't look at the year, that's a bad idea. BMWs last a long time and they all have unique qualities, especially the M3s. The 88 M3 was a race machine with street attire and has an amzing turbocharged high revving 4 cylinder with 192 hp, and at the time that was more than a Camaro. The E36 M3 ('90s) was probably one of the most popular cars of the 90s, with a tuned down european spec engine but plenty or torque and great looks, doing 0-60s in close to 5 seconds flat. the current M3, the E46 is a monster, 333 hp and 0-60 times under 5 seconds, plus great looks its an amazing car for the price. I personally think the E46s are over priced, new or used, plus they are heavier than the E36. It is all preference. I was easily able to afford a new M3, but I went with the 98 E36 M3 because of the infatuation I have had with it since I was a new driver in the 90s. If you are looking for a brand new M3, in the special color, look to spend 50-60 grand. For that amount I have a Tahoe, my M3 and a lot of upgraded parts in my car!

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