E92 M3

Discussion in 'Other Marques' started by R32pete, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. R32pete

    R32pete

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    Hi Guys

    Am getting really into these, My Lambo is currently sat up in the showroom for sale and i quite fancy one to run along along with the 200.

    Anyone had any experience with them?

    Thanks :kissingheart:
     

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    Lol beat you too it mate I looked this morning but mark not been online since January..
     
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  5. ///M

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    Hi Pete.

    Loads of experience. Fantastic cars. As with most things like this, servicing before time by a respected specialist is absolutely key as are interim oil changes. Treated well they're very well behaved.

    DCT is absolutely fantastic and was way ahead of the game at the time.

    Engine is an absolute PEACH. Loads of energy and high revving V8 thrills.

    What are you wanting it for? A cruiser or a weapon? They're really great out of the box and they're pitched just right for eating up miles plus having a bit of fun.

    I was actually looking for an E92 when I bought my E46. Could have had a very nice one, but for me, the more raw driving experience and the MUCH better steering (especially with the CSL steering rack) from the E46 was just so much better, even more so when coupled with the CSL airbox and Alpha N mapping. In fact, if I had your money, I'd be buying a CSL for sure. Prices are rocketing and you could drive it for years and still make money on it probably.

    If it must be an E92 though, I'd go with the best spec'd one you can find with a carbon roof and DCT. A competition pack one if possible. And then get some Evolve Automotive goodies! Stage 2 is very very good indeed. And I have a friend who had a charged one that was simply mindblowing.

    Again, you don't seem short on money (guess it depends on how much of the funds from the Lambo could be thrown at the BMW) so maybe you could look at a Manhart Racing car. They really are the very best in the business and have utterly insane performance. For an example, look here and here. They have a dealer in Beijing...

    Hope that helps Pete. Good luck, let us know how it goes!

    Mes
     
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  6. R32pete

    R32pete

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    Hi Mes

    Yea ive had an E46 m3 before and i loved it, If i could find a good one i would have happily got one over a E9X. Sadly most of the ones i can find here are sheds. I looked at the CSL but prices here are 100k+ and although it would be an investment id rather not spend the cash on another car with no drinks holders lol. I really miss the SMG too its similar to the lambo and i know some people hate it but i love the whack from the shifts. A mint E46 CS SMG with CSL software and some KW V3 would be perfect!

    I also looked at 997.1 Carrera and GTR but GTR didnt float my boat and the 911 i dont want to stretch to the 997.2 PDK and the 997.1 triptronic sucks ass,

    I will mostly use it for commuting and smashing the motorway so DCT is a must for me.

    I went to see one recently white coupe DCT its also on the comp pack wheels. Ive made an offer on it so time will tell now. Already got my part list ready,KW V3, Brembo GT kit front and rear and Akra exhaust and maybe some carbon bits :shuv:

    Just need to get any mods on quick before i show the mrs so i can say it came like that :ninja:

    I'm trying to save money at the moment since with brexit and all that crap ive lost quite a bit of money on exchange rates over the last 6 months as i invest in local Asian currencies in GBP hasn't been great lately, But you know how it is cars are like vaginas the tempt you in and then drain you dry.

    Only mod over the above im really interested in is the GTS DCT software but not sure if its really worth it, I would map it but with the extreme heat and hassle i already have swapping the clio exhausts all the time for MOT and inspections i cant be bothered. Most maps off the shelf arnt great in this climate with 80% humidity etc.

    Do you think the Rod bearing issue is over played? I own a service center so i can always get them changed as a precaution but i don't like filling a ramp with unpaid for work and my Mechanics are a sensitive bunch.

    Pete
     
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    Pete.

    Rod bearings... yes there IS an issue, however I do think it gets really blown up on forums. If you had an idea how many people would respond with "mine is fine and has done loads of miles" then it wouldn't seem so bad. But people don't post that on forums so you only see the problems.

    It's the same with people thinking all SMG cars need new pumps and that all E46s have huge holes around the rear subframe.

    Yes there are plenty of issues but most people don't have any worries.

    Got a quite few mates with E9X cars and none of them have had problems. Two of them have done pretty high miles too.

    Get a proper pre purchase inspection (you're VERY well placed for that!) and have the bearings done at 80k and the chances are better that you'll be fine.

    Glad you're thinking about DCT. It's superb!

    Some of the M Performance bits are REALLY good too. The seats and the steering wheel with the integrate rev lights especially.
     
  8. Ade T

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    I own a competition packed E92 and there a great car. I am very much a manual guy but the DCT in these are incredible and even better with the GTS map which is a must have.

    Rod bearings is a known issue but I think it's due to people abusing them from cold and excessively long service intervals. The trouble is you never know how the cars been treated by previous owners so a good warranty and 5k services is recommended. You can have the oil tested for signs of wear or just have the bearings changed for peace of mind (approx £1200).

    Mine has the 2.0 exhaust mod and it sounds incredible. I find myself driving with the window down all the time to hear the exhaust note like my old Honda days.
     

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