Originally Posted by dxb335d
Can't compare an 335 with an E46 M3 as a drivers car.
If you going for 400+HP go with a 335i, otherwise keep the D. Want a car that feels special to drive get the E46 M3.
The M3 is not that slow.. There are mods that can be done which can give the massive performance like a remap does to a 335 etc..
I would never have a 335i now. The reliability would really put me off. A 335d I could (again) but for a daily. Would want to keep the m3 too.
Only car I think I could get next is a E92 M3 or an M5. But for now very happy with the E46. Peddle it properly and it's a quick car. 0-100 in 11 secs ain't to be sniffed at. Had no troubles with E92 M3's ! Ain't tried a 335i yet.
Better interior being an opinion rather than fact.
I had a new 335d and although it's a nice modern look to the interior (I-drive a must) the quality of the leather is not as good as my M3's Nappa.
I actually prefer the shaped dash in the E46 too. Just feels more driver focused.
No offence, but when you had the 335d EVERY post you made was how much better the 335d was compared to the E46 M3 - think you actually said that you had never lost at the Pod to any E46 M3.
Now you have changed to the M3 you are now trying to say that the E46 is soo much better car than the e9x 335i/d ?
If you want to talk about reliability issues between the E46 M3 and 335i why not list them ?
REAR SUB FLOOR !!!! - Your car only has 1 more year before it goes out the 10 year guaranteed period
Poor Brakes for a high performance car !!!
Very High Service + Parts costs
the S50 engine is piss poor for actually being able to tune - MAPS will only get you extra 10-15 bhp
Fuel Injectors / HPFP - Most cars were covered under the QEP that applied
Turbos - not many seem to fail unless cars have been heavily modified AFAIK
Tuneability - take your pick between a remap/JB4/Cobb/Vishnu + all the other goodies such as DP/FMIC/LSD
As said ^^^ not want to cause offence - but your post seems a tad hypocritical to the views you had previously given prior to changing from a 335d to the E46 M3
[ yes I am also on M3Cutters so know what the problems they say apply to their cars