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      07-25-2018, 10:55 AM   #23
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E46 330i ZHP. Best all-around car BMW has ever produced IMO. It has performance, reliability (flame suit on), DIY ability, and style all in one package. Great, great car.
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I'd have to agree.
Had a 2004 330i ZHP and loved it. It was a great car. Traded it in for a 2006 M3. In some ways, the ZHP was more enjoyable to drive than the M3.
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      07-25-2018, 01:22 PM   #25
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      07-25-2018, 01:27 PM   #26
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If we are talking practically..
then its my 340i

engines powerful 0-60 under 5s is good enough for me
sonorous exhaust not obnoxious
solid rigid chassis
trackable and yet comfortable as a daily driver
ridiculous efficiency over 30mpg on hiways
great handling esp on my rfts on curves
good lines of sight front and rear
beautiful classy yet sporty lines not obnoxious
nice functional interior not obnoxious
iDrive is just "useful" and functional
lots of useful tech such as Heads-up & speed limits
carries passengers with enough comfy room and comfortable ride
can adjust adaptive dampers for ride

easy to maintain so far ole reliable
lots of affordable parts for mods, upgrades, and maintenance
plenty of F30 owners with great knowledgebase for sharing
just below an M w/o the maintenance costs of one..

I mean its fairly ridiculous how a single car can do this
Exhibit A: the modern BMW "enthusiast"

When given a choice of ANY wonderful historic car made by one of the great german marques; they choose a frankly ordinary, mass production, uninteresting standard line production car.

Of course you are entitled to your own choice and opinions; as am I.
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      07-25-2018, 01:29 PM   #27
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I've been real happy with my 135 dct. I would certainly love to put the Stage 2 Dinan tune on it along with a few other things. I also really love the look of the 4 door M4. I love the look of the M6 also, but that's a little too much car for me.
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You might all think i'm lame, but if the car would last FOREVER:

a silver E46 M3 with CSL trunk.

I want to keep all the electronics, so not the actual CSL. Just the trunk spoiler.

Oh and in... Manual.

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      07-25-2018, 02:09 PM   #30
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If it had to be a car, I would go for a manual F80 M3 - it's got enough practicality, looks good, fun to drive, fast - what else would you want ?
Agreed, definitely suits me perfectly! Does everything that I want/need it to and it does it well.

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      07-25-2018, 02:18 PM   #31
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X5M, roomy, fast, V8, nice looking, AWD, built like a tank.
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      07-25-2018, 02:42 PM   #32
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E60 M5 6MT. High revving NA V10...nuff said.
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X5M, roomy, fast, V8, nice looking, AWD, built like a tank.
About the same size and weight as a tank too
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I owned one of those for almost 10 years. I definitely think my current M2 is a much superior car.
To me if an E46 M3 was release this moment its an M2... the driving dynamics and size are similar. The M2 is amazing. Put a huge smile on my face when I drove it because it seems familiar in a way. I agree... superior in every way but the E46 M3 design is just amazing... right in between old and new and simply timeless.
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To me if an E46 M3 was release this moment its an M2... the driving dynamics and size are similar. The M2 is amazing. Put a huge smile on my face when I drove it because it seems familiar in a way. I agree... superior in every way but the E46 M3 design is just amazing... right in between old and new and simply timeless.
The real problem with the E46 M3 was the valves. It cost a fortune to have then manually shimmed. After 100K miles it just wasn't reliable any more.
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Exhibit A: the modern BMW "enthusiast"

When given a choice of ANY wonderful historic car made by one of the great german marques; they choose a frankly ordinary, mass production, uninteresting standard line production car.

Of course you are entitled to your own choice and opinions; as am I.
Hey hate away.. cant ya read?
I said .. if we're being practical.. sheesh
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      07-25-2018, 07:19 PM   #38
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Probably the E90 ///M3 in Interlagos Blue.

Yes we all like to rave about the E46; but it (a) wasn't offered as a sedan and (b) feels very dated inside. The E90 still looks and feels very modern inside and out.
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Pretty partial to the 2010 M6 with the V-10 I had...lightly modded but purchased new from dealer during a gas crisis-list was $105k and got it for $79k. V-10 awesome and great to drive. What a sound! Very fast for an N/A car.
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An unpopular choice, but if someone was _giving_ me one BMW that I'd need to keep for the rest of my life, it'd be a BMW M760Li xDrive.

I know it's big, some would say ugly, some would say it's "an old man's car"; But when I'm still young, I'm going to love the V12 Twin Turbo, and as I get older, I'll enjoy the Limousine more and more.

It's a compromise, but "owning one car for the rest of your life" is a compromise .. and over the long term, I'll choose ludicrous power and extreme comfort over 'throwability' and handling.

But right now, I'm quite happy with my open top 1er. It's a good balance between comfort, power and handling for my stage of life.
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An unpopular choice, but if someone was _giving_ me one BMW that I'd need to keep for the rest of my life, it'd be a BMW M760Li xDrive.

I know it's big, some would say ugly, some would say it's "an old man's car"; But when I'm still young, I'm going to love the V12 Twin Turbo, and as I get older, I'll enjoy the Limousine more and more.

It's a compromise, but "owning one car for the rest of your life" is a compromise .. and over the long term, I'll choose ludicrous power and extreme comfort over 'throwability' and handling.

But right now, I'm quite happy with my open top 1er. It's a good balance between comfort, power and handling for my stage of life.
Actually, that would be a great choice!!
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