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      11-08-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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EVO X or 03-05 M3

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Im looking for an everyday driver around 18K no more than 23K. Which do you think would be better an an everyday driver and yet still be friendly to mod. I realize some answers may be biast but I am looking for some input.

I wanted to look into a 03 - 05 M3 or an 08-10 EVO. I wasnt too sure about the M3 because I heard that those models had the VANOS and bearing issues. The issue with the EVO is the lack of truck space and somewhat bare interior.

Btw, ive already had 2 335's so im trying to get away from them atleast for a little while.

Whats your opinion?

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Please don't buy an M3 or Evo as a beater. Or at least don't refer to them as beaters. For you're needs I'd get an 06-07 WRX.
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      11-08-2012, 06:32 PM   #3
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Please don't buy an M3 or Evo as a beater. Or at least don't refer to them as beaters. For you're needs I'd get an 06-07 WRX.
(WRX) (Evo) whats the difference?
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(WRX) (Evo) whats the difference?
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Cant tell if serious
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Both turbo I4, sedan AWD..... Just funny its not ok get an Evo for a daily but a WRX is.
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awd, low mpg, high maintenance.... m3s and evos aren't beaters
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Please don't buy an M3 or Evo as a beater. Or at least don't refer to them as beaters. For you're needs I'd get an 06-07 WRX.
So a WRX can be a beater but an Evo can't?

OP, the Evo is a track beast. AWD is awesome. It's reliable when left stock, but fixing them isn't cheap like you would expect from a Japanese car. It's also not very attractive in my opinion.

The M3 is sexy as hell. Repairs are expensive, but not much more expensive than the Evo. It won't be as fast as the Evo, but has a nice interior and an absolutely gorgeous exterior.

I'd go for the M3 if you don't plan on tracking the car and you have the funds to fix/maintain it.
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I'd go with e46 m3, it may have the vanos issue but doesn't the EVO X have that notchy transmission? Also, m3 has a better interior/build quality compared to the EVO X. Up to you but I'd go with the M3.
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Good luck finding the M3 with that mileage.
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Good luck finding the M3 with that mileage.
It's not impossible but I think that's his budget.
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yea and evos and m3s are NOT beaters..

with that said between those two e46 m3 HANDS DOWN
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I seriously doubt you're affording any EVO X at that price unless you want super high miles. I'd get an EVO 9.
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It's not impossible but I think that's his budget.
Lol my bad.
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Why not buy 2 clean E36 m3s.... low miles reliable and pretty quick.
Or 23 e30s.....
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So a WRX can be a beater but an Evo can't?

OP, the Evo is a track beast. AWD is awesome. It's reliable when left stock, but fixing them isn't cheap like you would expect from a Japanese car. It's also not very attractive in my opinion.

The M3 is sexy as hell. Repairs are expensive, but not much more expensive than the Evo. It won't be as fast as the Evo, but has a nice interior and an absolutely gorgeous exterior.

I'd go for the M3 if you don't plan on tracking the car and you have the funds to fix/maintain it.
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I'd go with e46 m3, it may have the vanos issue but doesn't the EVO X have that notchy transmission? Also, m3 has a better interior/build quality compared to the EVO X. Up to you but I'd go with the M3.
Thank you for actually answering the question.
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I seriously doubt you're affording any EVO X at that price unless you want super high miles. I'd get an EVO 9.
Im not asking you to rationalize my choices or amount. If I had to spend a few extra I will but those are my choices. Just asking for your opinion.

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Good luck finding the M3 with that mileage.
What mileage?

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2006 civics make for nicer beaters
awd, low mpg, high maintenance.... m3s and evos aren't beaters
No thanks on the Civic. Not trying to stray that far away from performance. Anything can be a beater man.

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Please don't buy an M3 or Evo as a beater. Or at least don't refer to them as beaters. For you're needs I'd get an 06-07 WRX.
Stop being over analytical clearly im not "beating up" the car, simply a daily driver. Furthermore, dont see how a WRX can be a beater and an EVO cant by your comparo

Ive changed my phrasing to those offended so deeply
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let ur 335 be ur beater its only a 3 series not a Porsche hahaha
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I said WRX. I never said anything about an STi, which is a direct competitor to the Evo. What I'm saying is the Evo/STi and M3 are too hardcore for daily drivers. The WRX is more reliable, cheaper, more comfortable etc. and just as modable than those three cars above. You guys need to learn how to read.
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