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    Calling all E46 M3 owners (or former owners)!

    Hi all. Anybody miss their M3? Trying to figure out if I would enjoy 997 as daily driver. Currently drive 2001 E46 cab daily. I have a mint '86 Carrera Coupe for weekends. I love the M3 but am obsessed with 997. Thoughts/reactions?

    Re: Calling all E46 M3 owners (or former owners)!

    have both E46 M3 and 06 997S, love both. drive M3 daily, easier to get in and out of. The 997S is like a space ship, proper mental preparation is required to drive it on the weekends.

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    I have an E46 M3. It is my daily driver. I plan to sell the M3 when my 997 arrives and use the Porsche for my daily driving. I live in Vegas so the Winters will not be a problem. I will miss the extra storage space in my M3 but will enjoy driving the 997 daily.

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    Hollie, do you ever take your 997 to the LA area. The drive must be fantastic through the hills and stretches of straight road through the desert. Or maybe the drive is even better to Colorado from vegas.

    Anyways, I use my 997s as a daily driver. and I love it. Right now, during the rainy season, I drive it day and night. can't wait for the sun to come out.

    Re: Calling all E46 M3 owners (or former owners)!

    86BBUB! I think you'd also get some good answers by placing your post on here too:

    http://www.bm3w.co.uk/ubbthreads/postlist.php?Board=porsche

    Re: Calling all E46 M3 owners (or former owners)!

    Drove an M3 '01-'05. Great ride! Purshased 997s April '05. Like the M3, it's my daily driver. There is NO comparison between the two. Porsche raised the bar two notches.As long as I can afford it, I will continue to own this magnificient automobile.

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    No not really. M3 was a great car but didn't really keep my interest once the first impressions had worn off. Even now I'm not sure why not as it was fun to drive, loads of power, every toy you could think off. Just seemed a bit ordinary even though it isn't if that makes sense.

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    nick997 said:
    seemed a bit ordinary



    perfect description.

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    Kevin034 said:
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    nick997 said:
    seemed a bit ordinary



    perfect description.





    Me during a test drive of an M3

    Re: Calling all E46 M3 owners (or former owners)!

    Got both. Except for 100 or 200 more HP I can't ask for more. When I really feel like driving, with loads of input from the car I drive my 997S. When I want to relax I take the M3. If I want to get frisky with the M3 it NEVER disappoints (has SMG). Has more room and comfort for airport runs. If I were 20 something I could do without the M3 and drive the 997s all the time. Now at 40 something, it's too much to drive that car everyday, there's just too much going on in my brain (work-related) and my body is older, so you have to take a break from driving an ultimate sports car everyday. That's what's nice about the M3, unlike most "kids" with M3s, I tend to drive it in a relaxed manner, BUT whenever "necessary" the car transforms with a stomp on the gas and a flick of the paddles.



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    Had an 03 M3 for two years before buying 997s. Cannot even think about comparing the M3 to the 997. Whilst the M3 was good on A class roads it let go on twisty B class press on roads. I found its weight to be a problem. The M3 was good, 997s is superb.

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    Drive is great to LA. It can be crowded on the weekends with traffic jams on I-15 in the middle of nowhere. I've only gone as far as Salt Lake City driving north so I am not sure about the drive to Colorado.

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    ajcastaneda said:
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    Kevin034 said:
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    nick997 said:
    seemed a bit ordinary



    perfect description.





    Me during a test drive of an M3



    Logic - what's the EUR difference between both cars?? You have to compare the M3 to the old Boxster not an 911. The new M3 will arrive in 20 months; V8 with lots of HP. I really like the 997S - looks great - but the M3 looks much better than the old Boxster(S) - handling/performance is similar.

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    Nope don't miss it at all...

    The m3 for me was the taste and the 997 was a full bite... sports cars come in very many variations but only the 997 strikes my taste of controlled rage... + the elegance where I can take my wife out to dinner and not feel I have to punch it to enjoy it.

    Re: Calling all E46 M3 owners (or former owners)!

    May look better than the old one, but it sure doesn't look better than the new one.

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    ajcastaneda said:
    May look better than the old one, but it sure doesn't look better than the new one.



    There was a reason why I mentioned the old Boxster - indeed the new one looks much better. Wait and see for the new M3.

    Re: Calling all E46 M3 owners (or former owners)!

    I do have 2 M3, a 1996 E36 (Euro version with 321hp) and a 2005 E46 with the Competition Package. The E46 is a dissapointment for me mainly because this car has lost the great feeling of the E36 to be perfectly connected to the road. It is more kind of GT (too soft suspension and too much body roll for my tastes) than sport car.

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    Robert2005 said:
    but the M3 looks much better than the old Boxster(S) - handling/performance is similar.



    I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. I own a 03 986S and 04M3 (and 06997s) and I'm under the impression that the M3 is much faster than the BoxsterS and the handling, though excellent in both cars, is very different.

    Lookswise, IMHO, I think the Boxster is among the most beautiful cars ever produced (with the top down). The M3? The body seems a little pumped up (on steroids?) and I have never been completely happy with the looks of the front grille/bumper/spoiler.

     
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