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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-07-03, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Acuraworld, I need your assistance.

I wouldn't have posted this if I didn't think it would be worthwhile to get some good discussion going on one of our collective favorite cars. I emplore your help on this matter, gentlemen.

One of my best friends is considering purchasing a new vehicle. I have managed to get him *seriously* thinking about a used E46 M3. This guy is the most stingy dude you'll ever meet in your life, I swear. So if he's gonna drop 40 large on a used M3, he needs to be convinced.

The money isn't an issue, but like I said, he's stingy; so he's not gonna want to pay more than he has to. Also, he's never done a test drive nor even rode in a 330. We're working on a test drive soon. We found a few deals online for low mileage (under 10K) and the cars were under $40,000. Although those are rare compared with the ones costing roughly around 40 even or a little higher. The only real necessity is SMG... his wife will be driving this as well, and she can't drive a manual. He'd rather have a coupe, but I think he would consider a drop top for the right price, especially if it came with a hardtop.

Okay, basically I'm asking you guys to make a case for this car. I'll be forwarding him this thread once it gets a few responses. Besides, you know this is partly for my own benefit as well because I'll get to participate in 333-hp M3 donuts on occassion.

Bring up whatever necessary, numbers and stats, personal opinions, pictures, anything!!! Just convince him to get the stinkin' car!!!
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post #2 of 24 Old 11-07-03, 12:19 PM
 
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Is he going to mod it?

If so get an E36, or E30.

If not, E46 is key.
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post #3 of 24 Old 11-07-03, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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I doubt he'll mod it whatsoever. He said after some time of ownership he might would be likely to do wheels/suspension, but that would be the extent of it.
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I doubt he'll mod it whatsoever. He said after some time of ownership he might would be likely to do wheels/suspension, but that would be the extent of it.
Oh E46 for sure then.
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post #5 of 24 Old 11-07-03, 04:30 PM
 
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need i say more






if those pics don't convince ur friend then disown him...j/k obviously ///Ms are the epitome of a sports coupe...i believe one formula one driver said that his M3 was the only other car he had ever drive that was even nearly as capable as his race car (handleing wise of course)
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need i say more...



that should do it
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post #7 of 24 Old 11-08-03, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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thanks Ryan.


I'm waiting for Jesal to come on here and post interior pics of his 330... I remember how clean he kept it, and it's virtually the same interior as the M.
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thanks Ryan.


I'm waiting for Jesal to come on here and post interior pics of his 330... I remember how clean he kept it, and it's virtually the same interior as the M.
Until he crashed it.

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Having driven the SMG, let me just say it really is an absolute beast, but yet at the same time it's a completely drivevable car. The suspension and low ride do not seem to make an impact in deterring the quality of the ride. I really feel that's where most of the money goes.

And then your foot on the gas pedal meets the floor...

wow, the response, the handling, the raw power...it's amazing and all you can think about it doing it all over again once you fill up the tank
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post #10 of 24 Old 11-08-03, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Haf, I'm curious myself: can you comment a little more on the SMG?? How does this work in relation to something I'm familiar with such as the SS mode in the TL?

Can't you control up and downshifts from the wheel as well as the shifter?
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first off, go to www.bmw.com/smg and check out the flash popup

now, this is NOTHING like the SS in the TL. SMG is just a very clever system. 6 modes for manual and automatic driving styles. each mode 1 > 6 -as you get higher- increases the driving style to a more aggressive approach. S6 being the highest which runs with DSC off and changes gears in .08 seconds ( ).

you could very well leave this in auto mode and never use the SMG features frankly, but still have an aggressive driving characteristic...but where's the fun in that?

the only time you use the shifter is the put the car in out and out of reverse. outside of that, you may press the button below it to change your modes, but the rest of the time your eyes watch the dash for gearing info.

in the manual mode, you have some wonderful features:

  • throttle blipping - no jerking when you downshift
  • launch control - blast off the line without spinning out
  • hill descent control - (works like a charm). no rolling back while on a hill. while having foot on the brake, pull on the (-) lever, move your foot to the accelerator. the car will hold the clutch for two seconds while your foot moves over so the car won't roll back. very handy.

    it's an amazing system frankly. i really enjoyed using it...the idea of driving and never having to move your hands is just very, very fun!
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    i forgot to add, the the + and - levers move with you as you turn the wheel so you can shift while turning those long corners like highway on/off ramps
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    Great writeup!!

    How exactly does launch control work? I was under the impression that you had to use the discovered "easter egg" to achieve full throttle launch.
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    launch is a pretty taxing feature on the engine and they recommend you don't try this within the first 1500 miles. but basically, while in first gear, you can pull and hold the + lever and floor the car. the revs will loof in the ideal rev range + and hold until you release the lever and the car will just take off. (if i have my levers correct....i think it remember it being the + one).

    then hang on.
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    post #15 of 24 Old 11-09-03, 01:38 PM
     
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    Fuck SMG, that shit is for pussies.

    Make sure he gets the 6 speed.
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