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Help me decide. 08 S2000 or 04 E46 M3 coupe?

 
Old 02-04-2019, 10:10 AM
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I sold my E46 that had 125k miles for less than $3000 as I could not get any more for it. I purchased an S2000 recently with 82k miles for $17,500. A BMW does not hold any value!!!!

In 2003, I payed $35k new for the 325ci which was even more than a new S2000 and also another $4k in repairs. Family needs are more important than a 2 seat car.

M3's hold value. An E46 M3 is still well into the teens for a decent example.

Decent meaning still quite unreliable...but in good shape.
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Old 02-04-2019, 10:11 AM
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IMO an N54 BMW 135i would be a better option and closer to an S2K in handling and with way more power potential.
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Old 02-04-2019, 10:15 AM
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Old 02-04-2019, 10:50 AM
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Go with the e46 m3! They are very cool cars and you won't regret it. I actually had one and sold it for an s2000. I plan to go back the near future.

Just a FYI, if you end up with the m3 read up on the common problems. The vanos, rod bearings, and the RACP (subframe) are a must if you plan on getting one. You should read through the m3forum and introduce yourself. The community is very knowledgeable and helpful. But I'm sure you already know this since you already have an M car




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Old 02-04-2019, 09:56 PM
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Yeah the E46 had issues with VANOS, subframe, and rod bearings. I think the 04-05 had the subframe issue fixed. I would only buy 04+.

It's true the BMW isn't as reliable as the Honda obviously but they are not horrendous. The engine is sound, it's just the other things that break or need more TLC and attention. It's hard to say about a Bimmer until you drive them. I went to their track in Palm Springs and drove all the current M cars last year. Drove the M4 hard. It just has spectacular feel, power, and handling.

I am leaning toward the S more. Only way I lose money is if I over pay the car a lot. Both E46 and S2000 are keeping their value and going up. Thanks for the advice S2ki.
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Old 02-04-2019, 09:57 PM
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Yeah I upgraded my lights from their reviews. I lurk there. It's a good community. The M3 version of S2ki. Looking at a Laguna Seca Blue 04 M3. I like LGB for S2000. Both are my favorites. A white with competition package would be sweet too.
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Old 02-04-2019, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by B serious View Post
M3's hold value. An E46 M3 is still well into the teens for a decent example.

Decent meaning still quite unreliable...but in good shape.
Yeah a 04 with 100k is about 12-14k now. I am looking at one with 108k miles asking for $22k b/c its manual and laguna seca blue.
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Old 02-04-2019, 10:04 PM
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Would you guys pay $17.5 for 06 82k miles S2000 with quarter panel repair from an accident?
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Old 02-05-2019, 06:04 AM
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So it's been over 10 years since I last owned a S2000. I miss it. I have a E92 M3 that's a garage queen. I have $15k on hand. Never drove an E46 M3 but I like the size and looks. Sat in one but never drove one. My E92 is almost like a family sedan, so big. I saw a 08 LGB asking for $22 with 80k miles. Kind of high mileage. Saw a 07 LGB with only 28,000 miles asking for $25k. What would you guys choose and pay? E46 is way cheaper. Going to use it as a daily.
I recently did the same swap, although not an M3, I sold a 2004 330Ci, 81k miles and purchased a 2003 AP1 with 48k miles. I agree with most others: the BMW was costing me a small fortune to maintain (and the M3 will cost even more), the BMW depreciated much quicker than the AP1 (although the M3 will hold its value better), the BMW was a much better daily driver, more solid, more power, heavier, quieter, more room. However, the AP1 brings more joy, is more fun and gets more looks. Right now the AP1 is my DD, I may decide to make it a weekend car next winter. Its not a great DD, especially in the cold months (even though in NC where I live we rarely get snow). Bottom line, look for a gently used S2000 if you want spirited fun, or keep your current BMW and use it as a DD and look for a reasonable S2000. I would stay away from the E46 M3 personally. Peace.

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Would you guys pay $17.5 for 06 82k miles S2000 with quarter panel repair from an accident?
Absolutely not. An 06 with 82k miles better be accident free and in very good condition at $17.5k.
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