M3 is in another league all together, but the running costs are very
high. Inspection 2 service for example - the
wrong side of ?700, assuming there is nothing wrong! In fact alot of M3
owners go over to France for a service for the price saving. Great car
3.2 is by BMWs own admitance quite highly stressed, and costly
ownership is likely. Its a true performance car with performance
running costs, not really comparable to the R32, which is much easier
on the wallet.
The M3 any day for me, my cousins got one and its just so fun to drive
and the scream from the engine when you rev it 7000rpm upwards is hir
standing experience, just the noise does it for me, but as everyone
says the servicing costs can be a killer if the cars not been treated
properly. It all depends on how much you got to spend and if you want
rear wheel drive fun, or everyday fun with the 4x4 of the R32, in my
opinion If i had the money I'd go for the M3 but both cars are equally
phew atleast its not a BMW bashing thread !! I'd go M3 too - when the E90 M3 comes out, I may consider it for the missus to replace her 330 sport. I know all dealerships vary but my local BM dealer is heaps better than my local VW one...
Is it the new Style vectra you have, the 3.2 gsi, My mate has got one
and it is a cracking, car, I may get slated for this one here but you
may be a bit disapointed in the R's power delivery, after having a new
vectra, i know the R has more BHP, but the vetra is much lighter and
doesnt suffer with 4wd transmission loss, I think the Rs4 would be your
Back to the BMW thing, I know exactly what you mean, there is a
notorious council estate in Liverpool, and every street has at least
one x5 and an M3 if not more, it really is crazy!
Would definitely got for the M3 without a doubt. If you can afford to buy/own one then, the servicing cost shall not be an issue as such, taking all the enjoyment and the feel-good factor into account. M3 is one special car...
If ?30k is your budget why not just browse the autotrader for ideas?
There's an RS6 in Fontain for ?35k, an S4 V8 avant for ?26k, a new shape 530d for ?31k, a supercharged C32 AMG for ?27k and loads of good performance cars.
Yes BMWs do have a poor image but the driving experience is second to none but the most advanced performance cars, they're not just boggo main stream cars with a few goodies on, they're designed from the ground up to have good weight distribution, handling and ride that doesn't need a ?500 suspension kit to make 'right'....
The problem is that so many people have bought them they have become main stream yet still remain aspirational for many. I've been fortunate enough to own and experience many different cars and brands, BMW, Audi, VW, Porsche remain my favourites whilst there are some excellent jewels in other manufacturers ranges - Honda, Alfa, Skoda, Volvo to name a few.
What do you want from the car? Just performance? or do you need a practical side too? is economy a factor? size? etc etc
IMHO whatever you buy that's comparable to an M3s performance will have some issues, cost, image, depreciation etc. What are you prepared to put up with for that fun factor?
Personally when you put an R32 next to an M3 I just wouldn't even consider the Golf.
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