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Had My 2003 M3 Coupe For 18 Months, What Will I Get Next?

Voodooking2010-08-17 14:39:04 +0000 #1
Hey guys. I've had my E46 M3 coupe for about 18 months now, and while it's been a really great and exciting car in some respects, it's time for a change now.

I've decided I want a more modern newer car, I'd probably prefer to stick to BMW, as I love the styling etc, but would consider something else.

When I bought the M3, I was doing a much lower mileage (about 16k a year), now a change in circumstances has meant I'm now doing about 25k a year. I can still afford the fuel (just), but I feel that I'm really grudging filling it up every time, which I kind of resent. I'm filling up twice a week now. I would like something that would give a better combined figure than the 27mpg that I get currently.

I would never go back to a FWD car again, so this has to be either RWD or 4WD (preferably RWD). It's got to be as fast / almost as fast / or faster than the M3.

The two weak spots of the M3 from my point of view are the terrible clunky manual box/drivetrain, and the lack of low down torque. I would like a car with either a DCT dual clutch setup, or an auto box. Whatever it has must have paddle shift for sportiness, but comfort for commuter traffic. Also, it's got to have better mid-range pick up, as the M3 really only feels quick to me if you're thrasing the hell out of it high up the revs.

I'd like a 4-door saloon next, as I just like the proportions of them, and would like a bit more space for family.

I need something that looks good, sounds good, and is good to drive. A lot of my driving is now done on cruise control on a motorway, so I want something comfy and relaxing, but I also love wringing the M3 out at full chat over a country road, so I really want the best of both worlds.

Ideally I would like something as nearly new as possible, I want toys like Sat Nav, Premium Audio, maybe TV if poss. I've got a budget of about £25k, but it's not set in stone.

I've had a few ideas so far, so I obviously need to get a few test drives, but I don't want to mention my ideas so far, I really want to see what suggestions you guys have!


guribeng12010-08-17 14:51:25 +0000 #2
e90 or e92 335i
wren572010-08-17 15:01:07 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Voodooking

I would like something that would give a better combined figure than the 27mpg that I get currently.

I would never go back to a FWD car again, so this has to be either RWD or 4WD (preferably RWD).

It's got to be as fast / almost as fast / or faster than the M3.

Also, it's got to have better mid-range pick up...

I'd like a 4-door saloon next

comfy and relaxing.

Sounds like you want a 335d.
thethethe2010-08-17 15:45:39 +0000 #4
how about a 760Li?
BTM2010-08-17 16:10:46 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by wren57

Sounds like you want a 335d.

X2
Harmander2010-08-17 16:26:46 +0000 #6
seriously look into a 335d, it seems to fit your needs perfectly.
Azorean2010-08-17 15:47:38 +0000 #7
I don't know how much a used 335d is in Scotland but I would highly recommend looking into that.
Top_Gear_Fan2010-08-17 16:22:25 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by thethethe

how about a 760Li?

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Brey335i2010-08-17 17:39:19 +0000 #9
Don't get rid of the M3. If you can swing it, then buy a 335d / 320d / etc for commuting and keep the M3 for fun.

You will miss it if you get rid of it. And if you're getting 27 mpg, a 335i won't be much of an improvement.
Thud2010-08-17 17:38:25 +0000 #10
Quote:

Originally Posted by Voodooking

Hey guys. I've had my E46 M3 coupe for about 18 months now, and while it's been a really great and exciting car in some respects, it's time for a change now.

I've decided I want a more modern newer car, I'd probably prefer to stick to BMW, as I love the styling etc, but would consider something else.

When I bought the M3, I was doing a much lower mileage (about 16k a year), now a change in circumstances has meant I'm now doing about 25k a year. I can still afford the fuel (just), but I feel that I'm really grudging filling it up every time, which I kind of resent. I'm filling up twice a week now. I would like something that would give a better combined figure than the 27mpg that I get currently.

I would never go back to a FWD car again, so this has to be either RWD or 4WD (preferably RWD). It's got to be as fast / almost as fast / or faster than the M3.

The two weak spots of the M3 from my point of view are the terrible clunky manual box/drivetrain, and the lack of low down torque. I would like a car with either a DCT dual clutch setup, or an auto box. Whatever it has must have paddle shift for sportiness, but comfort for commuter traffic. Also, it's got to have better mid-range pick up, as the M3 really only feels quick to me if you're thrasing the hell out of it high up the revs.

I'd like a 4-door saloon next, as I just like the proportions of them, and would like a bit more space for family.

I need something that looks good, sounds good, and is good to drive. A lot of my driving is now done on cruise control on a motorway, so I want something comfy and relaxing, but I also love wringing the M3 out at full chat over a country road, so I really want the best of both worlds.

Ideally I would like something as nearly new as possible, I want toys like Sat Nav, Premium Audio, maybe TV if poss. I've got a budget of about £25k, but it's not set in stone.

I've had a few ideas so far, so I obviously need to get a few test drives, but I don't want to mention my ideas so far, I really want to see what suggestions you guys have!

You get 27mpg combined out of an M3? Is your driving 99.9% highway and 0.1% city?

Anyway, you ought to test drive a 335d. Loafing along in cruise control on the highway you should see 40mpg. Of course it doesn't make financial sense to consider one just for fuel economy, per se-- that's a difficult value proposition for a $50k car (with options).

A CPO 2007 or 2008 335i would also work nicely, and much less expensive, though the combined mileage has never been reported anywhere near 27mpg (I get 22mpg combined in my 135i).

*edit* just saw that you're in Scotland. You have all sorts of options that we don't have in the US. I'd be looking at an Audi A4 TDI too (if they were sold here). Maybe a 320d.
lilballa2010-08-17 19:03:10 +0000 #11
Don't be so set on the paddle shifters. They don't work as well as a manual gearbox

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