E90Post
 


Lux Angel Eyes
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > BMW E90/E92/E93 3-series General Forums > General E90 Sedan / E91 Wagon / E92 Coupe / E93 Cabrio > e92 335i vs e46 M3



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      04-18-2012, 01:26 PM   #1
530i-2002
Private
3
Rep
84
Posts

 
Drives: e39 530i
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA

iTrader: (0)

Question e92 335i vs e46 M3

Has anyone here ever considered e46M3 vs e92 335i? I am looking at a low mileage 2006 M3 w/competition package (6MT) and trying to figure if I am better off going with a new or CPOd e92 335i (6MT) - warranty and lack of thereof on the M3 being my main concern. I would be interested to hear from some e46 M3 owners who made the transition.Thanks.



PS I stopped by my local dealer and checked out F30 328i sedan. I could not believe how they managed to mess this car up so badly. Sitting next to an e92 M3 and e90 328i this car was just butt ugly... Actually looks better on the pictures.
Appreciate 0
      04-18-2012, 01:31 PM   #2
ZheHbKa
Lieutenant Colonel
ZheHbKa's Avatar
Russian Federation
22
Rep
1,795
Posts

 
Drives: the Wind
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: NYC

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2014 BMW 335 Xi  [5.00]
search, plenty of comparisons
__________________
2014 F30 335 X-Drive | 6-MT | Alpine White/Coral Red | ZMM ZDH ZDA |

Appreciate 0
      04-18-2012, 01:44 PM   #3
530i-2002
Private
3
Rep
84
Posts

 
Drives: e39 530i
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA

iTrader: (0)

Although, driving experience-wise IMO e46M3 is way closer to 135i...
Appreciate 0
      04-18-2012, 03:05 PM   #4
djjasper
Lieutenant
djjasper's Avatar
United_States
8
Rep
516
Posts

 
Drives: 2007 E92 335i 6MT
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: PA

iTrader: (0)

Almost everyone on this forum, whether they realize it or not, had the same decision to make. With $25,000-$30,000 you can get either one, it just depends on how much older and how many more miles you can live with if you go with the E46 M3. You can't lose either way. It is very inexexpensive to make the N54 very very fast. Not so easy or cheap with the E46.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      04-18-2012, 03:13 PM   #5
Bingobimmer
Lieutenant
Bingobimmer's Avatar
13
Rep
494
Posts

 
Drives: e90 n54
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: On the road...

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
IMO buying a car 3 generations old could be a problem, but it is still a great car.
__________________
2009 E90 335i AW... Black grills/jb4/lux angel eyes/clear side reflectors/and a few more small mods
Appreciate 0
      04-18-2012, 03:24 PM   #6
AddictedToBavarian
My other ride is a Bianchi Infinito
AddictedToBavarian's Avatar
Portugal
38
Rep
2,762
Posts

 
Drives: Miss my E92 but love my E46 M3
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: North Jersey

iTrader: (2)

What is it with this obsession people have about not having cars that are 1, 2, or 3 generations old? The E46 M3 is awesome, the E36 is awesome, the E30 is awesome, and the E28 is awesome! I turn my head more for those than I do for plain ol E9Xs. I would love to have a E36 and E46 M3, but I don't have the space and my wife would think I'm crazy.
Appreciate 0
      04-18-2012, 03:27 PM   #7
Jace_91
First Lieutenant
United_States
4
Rep
367
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 335i Coupe
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: South Florida - Hollywood

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by AddictedToBavarian View Post
What is it with this obsession people have about not having cars that are 1, 2, or 3 generations old? The E46 M3 is awesome, the E36 is awesome, the E30 is awesome, and the E28 is awesome! I turn my head more for those than I do for plain ol E9Xs. I would love to have a E36 and E46 M3, but I don't have the space and my wife would think I'm crazy.
I think the concern is that the older the generation is the less there are on the road and thus less parts available driving up the price?
Appreciate 0
      04-18-2012, 03:27 PM   #8
530i-2002
Private
3
Rep
84
Posts

 
Drives: e39 530i
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA

iTrader: (0)

I am also concerned about VANOs issues on the 2005-2006 E46M3 especially considering absence of CPO warranty. I could go and just purchase some extended warranty - however most go up to 75K miles max on a 2006 car and cost a small fortune..
Appreciate 0
      04-18-2012, 03:31 PM   #9
530i-2002
Private
3
Rep
84
Posts

 
Drives: e39 530i
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by AddictedToBavarian View Post
What is it with this obsession people have about not having cars that are 1, 2, or 3 generations old?
Not sure about e36 M3 but e46 M3 is a legendary automobile. Less electronics that can break, oil dipstick, S54 engine. Especially last production year model with low miles and in a perfect condition.
Appreciate 0
      04-18-2012, 04:56 PM   #10
techwhiz
Lieutenant Colonel
techwhiz's Avatar
United_States
20
Rep
1,672
Posts

 
Drives: e90 335i Sedan - Arctic
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Bay Area, Ca

iTrader: (3)

I bought a e90 335i because I needed the extra doors. All things being equal, I'd go for a e46 in a heartbeat.

#1 reason - No turbos to die.
Appreciate 0
      04-18-2012, 05:40 PM   #11
Vietside
Private
0
Rep
57
Posts

 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Los Angeles, CA

iTrader: (0)

I recently made the transition from E46 M3 to E90 335I. Honestly the only reason why I did it was because I needed a new car. I had a 2001 M3 with 107k miles in 2012 and was happier than ever besides the fact that there were some mechanical issues that had to be taken care of.

The M3 is an amazing car, but I didn't take full advantage of it by not taking it to the track. I never took advantage of the suspension, handling, raw power, pretty much everything the M3 stands for. I had a choice to go with the E90 M3 but I saw it as a waste of money since it would be my daily driver and in L.A, you can't take advantage of what an M car provides over regular 3's.

But, my 335I provides me with everything that I could want and need that my M didn't. Four doors, Bluetooth with Navi, enough power and even more torque than my M for on ramps. I purchased a brand new 335I for the four year maintenance/warranty program instead of worrying about anything in the future that could go wrong. The handling isn't off by that much to be honest at least in a daily driver.

Was my M a sportier car? Yes, in all categories besides the torque for my buttdyno.
Am I happy with my E90? Yes, honestly I love my car and have no regrets on it. It's a perfect combination of luxury, sport, and power.

They are two different animals but the same beast.

If I could go back, I would only change the fact that I didn't get a manual because Auto is a bit boring in my opinion. You can't go wrong with either car and after the months of research and reading on this forum I've learned that you can't base your decision off of anyone's opinion on this forum. We all have our own preference and needs from the car and that is something you will have to figure out on your own.


P.S, I agree on the F30, but I had a chance to see LTBMW's F30 in person and their custom work made the car look amazing.
Appreciate 0
      08-05-2012, 03:14 AM   #12
dxb335d
The Tarmac Terrorist
dxb335d's Avatar
England
381
Rep
29,288
Posts

 
Drives: E46 M3 CS
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: ''Fandango Towers''

iTrader: (3)

Garage List
Both very different beasts. One a performance car one a fast GT type sports car.

Stock for stock the M3 is a quicker road car 400HP an the 335i wins. Not on a track though.
__________________
M3 gone .... But I now have a M3 CS
Appreciate 0
      08-05-2012, 03:25 AM   #13
ES_TRADER
Colonel
68
Rep
2,696
Posts

 
Drives: 328i, 335i, M3, 535i, X5, 36M
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: OC

iTrader: (3)

Garage List
2014 Ford Raptor  [0.00]
2012 328i E92  [5.00]
2013 X5  [0.00]
2013 335i F30  [4.00]
1990 Toyota Previa  [0.00]
1997 E36 M3  [5.00]
2011 E92 M3  [0.00]
2011 535i  [0.00]
First off 6mt in competition pkg is VERY hard to find, especially a clean one.

U will find these in smg which are a dime a dozen.

Secondly u have to do deal with valve adjustments every 30k. Dealer quoted me 3k for the service. Figure 30% less at indie.

Go for 36m and invest the rest
Appreciate 0
      08-05-2012, 08:09 AM   #14
Kolyan2k
Brigadier General
60
Rep
3,962
Posts

 
Drives: 2006 S2000
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Boston

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ES_TRADER View Post
First off 6mt in competition pkg is VERY hard to find, especially a clean one.

U will find these in smg which are a dime a dozen.

Secondly u have to do deal with valve adjustments every 30k. Dealer quoted me 3k for the service. Figure 30% less at indie.

Go for 36m and invest the rest
$3k to adjust valves on M3 ? thats nuts, i recently paid about $200 bucks at the dealer to adjust mine on s2k
Appreciate 0
      08-05-2012, 11:55 AM   #15
Apex_L8
Private
0
Rep
95
Posts

 
Drives: Bimmer
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Earth

iTrader: (0)

IMO, nothing wrong with getting an older generation 3 as long as you're ok with the maintenance associated with it. If you can DIY then buy all means it's worth it due to the $$$ saved from depreciation. If you can't DIY and you can't afford the $$$ for maintenance then you're better off with something new that comes with the maintenance plan.

If you're talking about performance, many would argue that the older 3's are better in terms of handling.

Comfort and technology hands down for the F30
Appreciate 0
      08-05-2012, 01:04 PM   #16
MattMD
E9X > F3X
MattMD's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
729
Posts

 
Drives: E90 328i
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Maryland

iTrader: (0)

The M3 will hold its value way more than a 335i, another thing to consider.
Appreciate 0
      08-05-2012, 04:28 PM   #17
thetedderbear
A weirdo but I'm real though
thetedderbear's Avatar
United_States
17
Rep
627
Posts

 
Drives: 2Fast2Furious
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Arr-can-saw

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Low Key OG View Post
The M3 will hold its value way more than a 335i, another thing to consider.
This. Plus as it gets older, parts get somewhat cheaper. Less electronics, no turbos, etc. It's a much more solid and easy to work on car. Many times I wish I had gotten an E46 M3, especially now that I've just replaced the turbos on my 335 on my own dime. It's just more complicated to work on.
__________________
"When the fear of death outweighs the thrill of speed, brake"

Stuff - stuff - bits - things - stuff - stuff - parts - stuff
Appreciate 0
      08-05-2012, 07:04 PM   #18
GChase
Captain
GChase's Avatar
United_States
14
Rep
701
Posts

 
Drives: 2009 E90 328i
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Louisville, KY

iTrader: (0)

I know some people will strongly disagree, but the e92 335i looks a lot better than the e46 M3 IMO. The M3 will cost a bit more to work on if I'm correct. The M3 will drive better, but you will be giving up quite a bit of luxury. I know you're not supposed to worry about what others think, but it's true that 75% of the world will think your 2006 M3 is just an older BMW and wouldn't be able to tell it apart from a 2000 325i. But on the other hand, the other 25% will LOVE your car.

In the end it's your decision. I'd probably choose the 335i but thats me
Appreciate 0
      08-05-2012, 07:35 PM   #19
Bmoney2K4
Captain
42
Rep
792
Posts

 
Drives: 04 Lexus GS 300
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Los Angeles, California

iTrader: (0)

335i. Agree that the F30 looks weird, looks alien-like. I miss those old boxy cars.
Appreciate 0
      08-06-2012, 03:44 PM   #20
jkman720
Private
1
Rep
73
Posts

 
Drives: e46 M3 ZCP; 335d
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bay Area, CA

iTrader: (0)

Really depends what you want it for. If you are keeping the 5, get the m3.

I don't have a 335i, but have the 335d. I just drove it from SF to LA and back. Having done the same trip in my m3, the 335 wins. When I go to the track/backroads, m3 wins. So as a second car, I'd vote m3.
Appreciate 0
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
e46m3, e92 335i

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:04 PM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST