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      06-29-2014, 07:56 AM   #1
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E92 335i V E92 M3

What would you take?

I am looking to buy one of the above next year but am a real petrolhead and have heard some great things about JB upgrades with the 335i?

All I hear about the M3 is "well, it's an M3"

Preparing for some heated discussions.

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      06-29-2014, 08:12 AM   #2
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Been covered loads of times on here.

I'd take the M3.

The M3 is more expensive to purchase and far more expensive to run.

You can mod a 335i to be faster than the M3, but that will be all lost cash you'll never recover.

The 335i is one of the best real world cars. Very easy to drive and live with on a day to day basis, plus good performance with sensible running costs.
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      06-29-2014, 09:52 AM   #5
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Ha ha, here we go again!

M3 - I've owned both.
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If I had the money at the time, I would have gone for the m3.

But now that i've owned a tuned 335i, if i were to "upgrade", I'd take a c63 amg just for the extra horses and not an m3.
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I got a bone stock 335 (loaded) and I'm happy with it. If you can get a M3 E92 for a good price go for it, promise you won't be disappointed. It it also the final NA M3, given that fact it should hold its value well. Plus that V8 growel just cannot be beat.
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So what happens on that 0.01% when (I buy an M3) and I meet that JB5'd 335i at the traffic lights

Wallow in the fact I paid more for my motor?
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So what happens on that 0.01% when (I buy an M3) and I meet that JB5'd 335i at the traffic lights

Wallow in the fact I paid more for my motor?
When the light is red you stop. When the light is green go.

It doesn't matter what car you drive, the same highway code applies.
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So what happens on that 0.01% when (I buy an M3) and I meet that JB5'd 335i at the traffic lights

Wallow in the fact I paid more for my motor?
Not a lot really. If the road is perfect you will hit the speed limit pretty much the same time.
Any other condition the M3 will leave you for dust because it not only has a limited slip diff the suspension, engine all works better for the e9x chassis.

Edited to clarify on engine, the M has lower torque especially low down. A mapped 335i can't put all that torque (25% more) down in less then perfect conditions no matter what road legal mod you do.

I have owned and modded both cars.
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I think the fact most 335 owner have suggested the M3 over a 335 tells you the answer to the question been asked ....I'm no different, despite wasting a good few on mods I would still rather have had a M3, and infact if I had bought a M3 i wouldn't have needed to waste on mods trying to turn a OK handling car into something that I actually want to take out for a quick blast on a Sunday morning

The only reason I didn't by a M3 was because my wife would have divorced me, and the fact at that point we've only been married for 6 months so it wouldn't have gone down well with either families if we had a fall out over a car
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When the light is red you stop. When the light is green go.

It doesn't matter what car you drive, the same highway code applies.
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Been covered loads of times on here.

I'd take the M3.

The M3 is more expensive to purchase and far more expensive to run.

You can mod a 335i to be faster than the M3, but that will be all lost cash you'll never recover.

The 335i is one of the best real world cars. Very easy to drive and live with on a day to day basis, plus good performance with sensible running costs.
Lost cash you'll never recover? All the parts you need to make a 335 faster than an m3 can be found used on the forums. If you are smart and get a good deal you don't lose money when you part out.
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Lost cash you'll never recover? All the parts you need to make a 335 faster than an m3 can be found used on the forums. If you are smart and get a good deal you don't lose money when you part out.
How many guys have the ability to fit parts like a LSD or downpipes etc themselves?

I see lots of guys getting sizeable bills getting garages to fit them. Then decide it is too expensive to pay the labour again to remove them when it comes to sell.

Many of the good parts come up few and far between.
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