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M3. Because race car.
Pick the M3. I prefer the styling of the E46 over the E92 any day. Ya the 335i is almost as fast, but it's still not an M3. Their are tons of people with E90's but only a handful own a BMW Motorsport car.
The E92 is brand new and has newer technology. Which to me means more things that are going to go wrong and cost an absolute reardrd amount of money to fix. The E90s come with run flat tires and they are horrendous. You don't get a spare tire either. Some people like em, but I hear of a lot of people swapping them for normal tires. An E46 is much more DIY friendly. The oil change is NOT $300 on an M3. It could be if you go to the dealership. Their less then $100 if you do it yourself. Did you know that the E90 series has no dipstick? You have to add oil, drive a bit, check the OBC, and repeat if nessecary. The dealer may have to drive your car 5, 10, 15 miles depending on how much topping off they need to do.
AWD is great if you live in a place with snow and bad weather. But then you will need a set of winter tires as well to maximize your stopping distance.
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Look at prices of the E36. The M3 still sells for more money then a 328i. I'm sure ittl be the same in a few years time with the E46. 335s are gonna be as common as the E36 328i was.
Im not worried about stuff like the waste gate. I'm worried about the electronic stud. In te E60 and E90 when you replace the battery you have to reset the computer due to the charging system in the car. If iDrive fails its insanely expensive to fix. They are run flat tires so they have the Tire Pressure Monitoring System or TPMS for short. Ask how much those sensors are when they fail! The E90 was designed to be as less DIY friendly as possible so BMW could make more money. It may come with a warranty but I think warranties are a joke. It's 100% profit for the dealer. I've heard some pretty bad stories of things dealers have done to customer cars, and refusals to honor warranty work.
The E46 is not bad for DIY work. All the basic mechanical stuff can be accomplish with a 200 peice tool set from Walmart, a floor jack and some Jackstands. I don't like paying someone else $100 an hour to fix my car when I could do it myself for free. It may take me longer to do it myself but it's $100 more in my pocket.
If your still thinking of an E46 google Active Autoworks E46 supercharger. That will probably sell you in seconds! Haha.
Here is the link to ECS Tuning's brake pads for the E46 M3. The most expensive pads are $192 and those are racing pads. It may cost you $1,000 for pads AND rotors and labour but not just pads.
OEM / Performance Parts for Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Porsche & Volkswagen - ECS Tuning
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