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    Ever sell your E30 for an E46 M3? Are you happy?

    Hey gents, I was just looking to see who has sold their e30 in pursuit of another car, and how you ended up feeling about your decision!
    I have an m50 turbo 89 325is and I am thinking of getting rid of it this summer in favor of an e46 m3, but was just curious if anyone here has done the same thing. If you have, would you say it was worth it? Or did you regret getting rid of the e30 because the e46 was not as much fun.
    Thanks!

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    I'm still trying to decide what to buy if I ever sold one of my e30's! I never really realized it but I don't like many of BMW's body styles except the e30. I change my mind every day, e34 M5, e46 ZHP, BMW 2002. Can't seem to love any chassis besides the e30.


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      #3
      when I was offering my e30 for sale a while back, I had a few interested ppl with newer e46's (m3's included) asking if I wanted to trade. Obviously with a bit of cash on my end, but overall, I knew I wouldn't be happy with a never BMW.

      IMHO If you are only using the e30 for a project/fun car, keep it. If you want it as a dd that you also want to be "comfier" with more recent technology, I'd suggest getting a newer car (BMW included).
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        #4
        i do look at e46 m3's on occasion. sometimes i even consider buying one. does that count?
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          #5
          Almost weekly I contemplate an E46 M3 or E39 M5 as I do DD my E30, but have never gone so far as to list my car for sale. I do however get notes almost monthly on my car asking to sell....

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            #6
            My girlfriend owns and e46 m3 and I drive it all the time. The e46 m3 is a hell of a car. The lines on the body are so sexy and perfect. The engine is beautiful. The whole car is great. But I still smile every time I get in my e30. But you would be very happy with either car.

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              #7
              They're great machines, but E46 M3s have no soul. As with any M car, you'll want to keep a few thousand in the reserves for when they break. Preventive maintenance alone is high, not to mention well documented issues with the VANOS, (cracking) subframes and cylinder sleeves.
              Originally posted by kronus
              would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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                #8
                Originally posted by agent View Post
                They're great machines, but E46 M3s have no soul. As with any M car, you'll want to keep a few thousand in the reserves for when they break. Preventive maintenance alone is high, not to mention well documented issues with the VANOS, (cracking) subframes and cylinder sleeves.
                No soul? That's a big reach even for r3vlimited.

                OP: It depends on what you want. I went E30 --> E36m3 --> E46m3 and like them all for their various differences. The E46 is comfortable, quick and a great DD if you can afford the maintenance and fuel bill. E30's are fun in a different way while E36's are the cheapest track rat you can buy right now with E30's rising in price.

                That said, I have all 3 right now :)


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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Axxe View Post
                  No soul? That's a big reach even for r3vlimited.
                  Okay, how about "No E46 M3 I've ever been in had a soul."

                  Better? ;)
                  Originally posted by kronus
                  would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by agent View Post
                    As with any M car, you'll want to keep a few thousand in the reserves for when they break. Preventive maintenance alone is high,
                    Honestly, how is that any different than with an E30 M3? At least in the case of the E46 he can still get parts for the motor.
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                      #11
                      Daily drive an E46 (M or non-M; whatever fits your bill) and keep the E30 for fun/weekends. I did that and it makes me appreciate both cars. Granted my E30 is boosted and much quicker than the E46, it certainly doesn't have the creature comforts as the E46. I say have both if that is financially feasible, otherwise just daily the E30 until you're able to have both cars. Lol Just my two cents.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by redsubdivisions View Post
                        Daily drive an E46 (M or non-M; whatever fits your bill) and keep the E30 for fun/weekends. I did that and it makes me appreciate both cars. Granted my E30 is boosted and much quicker than the E46, it certainly doesn't have the creature comforts as the E46. I say have both if that is financially feasible, otherwise just daily the E30 until you're able to have both cars. Lol Just my two cents.
                        This x1000. They are both great at doing what they do. E30 for fun and E46 for comfort. Best of both worlds!

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                          #13
                          the e46 m3 is a car I will own at some point in my life, but that's one of the few newer bmw's I would buy. I used to dd a 2003 330xi for the last year and had to sell it because I couldn't stant the constant stupid little problems every week. Either way I don't think I could sell the e30 for one but have both and now were taking
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Charlie View Post
                            Honestly, how is that any different than with an E30 M3? At least in the case of the E46 he can still get parts for the motor.
                            It's not, but unless I missed something an E30 M3 wasn't part of the conversation...?
                            Originally posted by kronus
                            would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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                              #15
                              I strongly considered doing exactly this until late last year. I test drove a couple of E46 M3s, one bone stock and one with intake, exhaust and software. I absolutely loved the M3...but I didn't pull the trigger. For me it came down to money, though and your situation may be different. I was going to pay an extra $1K= per year for the insurance on the car, tires were way more expensive (as is EVERY M part on that car), etc. The other factor was that honestly the car wasn't very fun unless you were pushing it. And that gets you to go-directly-to-jail speeds pretty quickly. My E30s are fun at lower velocity! I don't know if the car has the 'soul' of an E30, but it is a darn fine car in it's own right. I WILL own one someday.
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