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#1 (permalink) Old 03-23-2005, 11:02 AM
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I currently have a 2002 325i Auto which I am happy with, but I wanted something with more power and a manual. I found a 98 M Roadster with 45K and aroun $18,500. The car appears to be in great shape, but here is the thing. I am 6'5. Would I have an room in the car at all?

Also, the VIN is WBSCK9333WLC87709, so if someone could do a Carfax on that or something for me, I would greatly appreciate it. Any M Roadster owners out there have problems with their cars?
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You could fit if it was a convertible.


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Hmmm, I've been debating between a '00 M Coupe and and a 96-99 M3, and I'd be curious to know if there is any difference in handling between the two. The body style is pretty significantly different, but are they built on the same frames?

For your question in particular, Jelly Belly, I would be concerned because the M Roadster is a convertible, yes? Your frame is going to flex more and feel looser than a non-convertible, and you are also going to be heavier than a non-convertible.

I am no expert though, but I believe the M Coupe is lighter than the M3, but I'm not sure if the Roadster is or not. Convertibles usually add another couple hundreds pounds.

Just some things to take into consideration.

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i would get an M3 over the roadster, but an Mcoupe over the M3.

The mcoupe is quite possibly the sexiest bavarian beast to date.. i love them. Watch this video and the coupe will win you over.

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I like the convertible because, well, I like convertibles. I don't mind that much about speed and weight or else I wouldn't even be thinking of a convertible. I like the feel of the open road that a convertible gives you, you are open to everything and the open air is great. Personally, I am not that attracted to the M Coupe's design. Yes, it is a nice design, just not my particular style.
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the m coupe would be the best choice

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I like the convertible because, well, I like convertibles.* I don't mind that much about speed and weight or else I wouldn't even be thinking of a convertible.* I like the feel of the open road that a convertible gives you, you are open to everything and the open air is great.* Personally, I am not that attracted to the M Coupe's design.* Yes, it is a nice design, just not my particular style.
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Then you should get a miata, im not being sarcastic or mocking you in any way.. if you dont care THAT much about performance then the miata is the way to go (dont get me wrong, the miata performs VERY well), its alot cheaper, a vert, and performs very nicely for what it is, ive heard the handling is razor sharp.

imo any m vert is a waste. (sorry to any Mvert owners.)

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Dude, a freaking Miata? Are you nuts? How about a Del Sol, then? Jesus, not everyone here is crazy about performance, some people like styling and how much fun a car is to drive more than how fast it will get up to 60. Everyone has different tastes in cars, some prefer M Coupes while others hate them, and same for verts. Saying I should get a Miata, though, that is just stupid. Do you think the Miata is better than the M Roadster or something, why else would you even bring up that car? Anyway, whatever...
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An M roadster definately looks better than a Miata that's for sure. Just don't get a Z3, or we'll have to kill you. :wink
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Dude, a freaking Miata? Are you nuts? How about a Del Sol, then? Jesus, not everyone here is crazy about performance, some people like styling and how much fun a car is to drive more than how fast it will get up to 60. Everyone has different tastes in cars, some prefer M Coupes while others hate them, and same for verts. Saying I should get a Miata, though, that is just stupid. Do you think the Miata is better than the M Roadster or something, why else would you even bring up that car? Anyway, whatever...
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You would be surprised with what you could do with a miata. I know of a miata just south of me in San Antonio that has a V8 engine in it and will smoke pretty much anything on the road with the power to weight ratio. you shouldn't knock em just yet. Now don't go turning this post into a bash just cause i said that you can do stuff with a miata. I love my M and wouldn't trade it for anything else. just give you some info from someone that has modded multiple cars for street, track and rally.


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I have heard from more than one person that the M Roadster (and Z's in general) look like "chick" cars. I don't really think so. In the BMW Films' "The Hire" Clive Owen didn't looks like a wimp when he was driving the Z4. They look like fun little cars to drive. I am test driving a Z4 later today but have already been riding in one, and they are fun.
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I don't think Miatas are bad cars, just really, really tiny. Most of the people I see in them are middle-aged, 5' women. I am sure you can do amazing things with them, but I don't like the way they look. I know a Z is small, too, but not as small as the Miatas. They remind me of little Matchbox cars. To each his own, though.
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Go test drive a mazda speed miata, youll love it. Your not a true performance enthusiast if you dis on mazda's, they are fantastic cars. (this is not a flame its a fact)

If you only care about the styling and have the cash for the mroadster.. go for it, but if your a little short on cash, consider a z3 2.5 or 2.8 because they cost significantly less.

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I don't think Miatas are bad cars, just really, really tiny.* Most of the people I see in them are middle-aged, 5' women.* I am sure you can do amazing things with them, but I don't like the way they look.* I know a Z is small, too, but not as small as the Miatas.* They remind me of little Matchbox cars.* To each his own, though.
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I actually find that the exact opposite of this is true, i VERY rarely see dudes driving z3's. Much more often they are women in their 40's-50's. Im starting to see alot of younger dudes driving mx5 miatas.. cause they really are great cars. Anyways whatever, just trying to save ya some cash..

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Year/Make/Model: 1998 BMW M ROADSTER

Body Style: CONVERTIBLE
Engine: 3.2L V6 PFI DOHC 24V
Fuel: GASOLINE
Driveline: REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Manufactured in: GERMANY
Safety Equipment: 4 wheel ABS, Dual front air bags/active (manual) belts

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