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#14 of 758 Re: What is a better buy: 1999 BMW M3 or 2001 330ci (same mileage each) [quattroporte12]
Aug 10, 2006 (7:10 pm)
the parts in the new one were much better than the old generation's parts, which means the parts in the 330 are probably as good or better than the ones in the old generation m3 because of the new technology
Interesting. Which E46 parts are better? And in what way? What "new technology" are you referring to? Double VANOS?
i would say that the m3 is going to be more expensive and harder to repair 1) because it is older (may have to order parts for it, versus having them in stock)
That's funny; my dealer stocks almost any E36 specific part I've ever needed. As for ordered parts, they cost the same as stocked parts. An E36 is no more difficult to repair than an E46.
it was probably driven harder than the 330ci and could have much more wear.
Possibly, though I've run across more than a few thrashed E46 cars. Either car should undergo a thorough PPI from a good BMW tech.
You should look at each car's technical specs to find out about braking, but, once again, the 330ci probably has equal or better braking due to its newer technology.
And that "new technology" is?
#15 of 758 Re: What is a better buy: 1999 BMW M3 or 2001 330ci (same mileage each) [div2]
Aug 10, 2006 (8:20 pm)
A newer generation or a car = newer technology and engineering. Period. Why would BMW redesign a car and put the same old technology and engineering into it??? The m3 MAY be harder to repair, because it is MORE likley to be driven hard then the 330ci, and ordering parts involves WAITING, which can be an inconvenience. 330ci is a newer, all around better car.
#23 of 758 Re: What is a better buy: 1999 BMW M3 or 2001 330ci (same mileage each) [quattroporte12]
Aug 11, 2006 (11:59 am)
Hey guys thanks alot for your comments and support!It really does help me Well here are my priorities: performance!!! But my problem is that will i have to sacrifice performance for reliability and maintanance? I mean the m3 is a performance car and Im wondering which car will be cheaper for repairs? Lets say i get both cars with 50,000 miles, which will be more expensive to repair? is it the m3 cause its a performance car? By the way I like the E36 m3's style versus the E46 style 330ci because it looks more aggressive and seems to have more of an aggressive stance. thank you all for your help!!