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post #1 of 22 Old 09-03-2014, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for recommendations. Currently driving a BMW 335. Not really enamored...have a kid so need four seats.


Love 911's and M3's. Would likely spend 30-33k...


Thoughts are I would like to go back to an E36 M3. May suffer two doors or try to find a well cared for E92 M3, although I would prefer a 4 door one, but finding one in that price range is still a few years off I fear.


Open to suggestions. Maybe I am missing an option. Another would be an E39 M5.


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I would go for a facelifted 335 saloon - you can tune it a bit and get performance similar to a stock M3. Or not - a 335, even a stock one, delivers really good performance for a daily driver, I used to have a 330dA LCI and loved it. 911s are nice, but a 3-Series is much more usable. And it's very reliable - 100,000km driving the crap out of mine, including drifting, track days and hillclimbing at the limits, and nothing ever broke! I've changed only tires, discs, pads, oils and filters!

I don't know what the prices of cars are at your location, so can't help you much further. Maybe an E60 545i or something.

Actually, if you would consider getting a Mercedes - my dad used to drive a 2008 E-class with 4matic and Airmatic, which was, to me, the ultimate daily driver. Very high level of ride quality in "Comfort" mode, a little lower to the ground and with firm enough suspension on "Sport 2" mode and, with the push of a button, the ground clearance is like an average SUV, plus the superb 4x4 is like having all in one. Ours was an E320 CDI, but E500 would be perfect.

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Have the same daily driver for 15 yrs.
Likewise, though in my case 3 versions of it - Merc E-class estate. Started with a 2.8 litre straight six, then 4.3 litre V8, now on a 3 litre V6 turbodiesel. I have done over 200,000 miles in total. Brilliant family car. Will buy another when the next version comes out. If you want relaxed, wafty driving, the one I have now is ideal - adequate grunt for general use and you can pick up a low mileage one for your budget, but if serious performance is required, go for the AMG version and you can drive like your hair is on fire.

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Matt,

I just bought a 95 E36 M3 with 43k miles. It's daytona violet with dove grey. Would be a shame to make it a DD as it's likely the lowest mileage Daytona Violet coupe in the country, but if youre interested, let me know.
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I love my 335i coupe, but with a kid an extra set of doors would really be handy so perhaps a 3 or 5 series saloon? I like the BMW's, rarely have an issue with them.


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I just bought a 95 E36 M3 with 43k miles. It's daytona violet with dove grey. Would be a shame to make it a DD as it's likely the lowest mileage Daytona Violet coupe in the country, but if youre interested, let me know.

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Go vintage! Buy an E30 M3; the 'real' M3.

Or get an E30 rag top. I have owned a 1987 325i convertible since 1997. Great for kids. When my daughter was 10 years old, she had to go to a special school which was 10 miles away. We shared car pool duty with another family. The two girls LOVED the E30 and tried all winter to break their "back seat top down cold temperature freeway travel" record. It was 33F if I recall correctly. They wore ski goggles, had a sleeping bag over their legs etc. High drama for 10 year olds. I have the fond memories of cruising 70 mph top down on the freeway with two bugeyed giggling girls in the back seat, hair flying.

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My wifes daily for about 10yrs. Not calling you into question or anything....
A lady with very good judgement, your wife.

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Go vintage! Buy an E30 M3; the 'real' M3.

Or get an E30 rag top. I have owned a 1987 325i convertible since 1997. Great for kids. When my daughter was 10 years old, she had to go to a special school which was 10 miles away. We shared car pool duty with another family. The two girls LOVED the E30 and tried all winter to break their "back seat top down cold temperature freeway travel" record. It was 33F if I recall correctly. They wore ski goggles, had a sleeping bag over their legs etc. High drama for 10 year olds. I have the fond memories of cruising 70 mph top down on the freeway with two bugeyed giggling girls in the back seat, hair flying.
Great cars E30 convertibles. I ran one as a DD for 3 years back in the '80s. Your story about the girls and the sleeping bags reminds me of the time I lost my passport and had to travel in the back of mine, hidden under a duvet with a friend of mine driving - he got very nervous when the customs men searched the car three in front of us, but fortunately we were just waved through. Big sighs of relief all round!

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Ok,
So as some of you apparently didn't read the original post, I am currently driving a 2009 335 Saloon. Not really doing it for me. Nice machine but not making my heart pump.


Dreamer, I may be interested so let's talk, and although the violet wouldn't be my first choice, but low miles might convince me. I will call you this weekend. My last E36 M3's were Alpine and Silver...but hey, maybe it is time to take it up a notch with the techno!


Mercedes have been on my mind, but not sure I am ready for a slushbox yet. I would like to at least have paddles to have s o m e fun.


I love E30's but I have a 22 mile commute EACH way to work every day so not thinking that is the way to go, but I will reconsider if you guys can convince me that the AC will keep me cool in 90 degree commutes?


Keep the ideas coming. WETPET, I have an F250 for my business and that thing gets about 12 gallons per mile.


I guess I am just really an old school guy a heart, but I like the safety features for my kid with the newer cars, or I would absolutely go with and older car.

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Can you be maybe more specific than "4 door and safety features"? It will be much easier for you and us to choose from and make something out of it Hopefully, it will guide you to your new car.

Tell us what are your acceptability boundaries, what do you prefer, what you don't, have you considered something sporty or something more versatile (luggage space, AWD, etc...).
Sedan, SUV, estate, coupe? What brands?
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Matt I was thankful the same thing....everyone's suggesting a version of a car you already have??? But it is interesting how many of us are running some version of the Bimmer 3 series....Mrs 575er currently has a 325i convertible as we speak. Daily driver for me though is the current model Land Rover Discovery 3.0 diesel 8speed auto... Traded the RR Sport for it and love it.
However, it's worth noting I don't head into the city on a daily basis (quite the opposite) so daily drivers to me should be relaxed with a commanding seating position and good equipment levels like cup holders and stuff.

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I actually like the idea of a QP, but not sure how painful the maint. will be on one of those...as far as what I am looking for, 4 doors is very much preferable, and again, budget up to around 35k, can push a few k more if it is really worth it.


Have a kid so need a back seat, so wave goodbye to the 911's and I know they have one but my kid won't fit in it.


IF budget were no option I would go Panamera or Aston, but unfortunately it is so that is where we are.


Do any of you guys drive M5's? I have been in 3 series cars from E36 M3's to E90 335's and I just wonder how much heavier they are and if they feel a lot bulkier and slower or if they are ok? It doesn't thrill me that they are rated at 12 mpg, and my commute is in traffic the entire time and is 22 miles each way. Think paddles will be necessary soon as the DD with three pedals my entire life is getting really old in this traffic. Heard the DC gearbox in the BMW are good but the SMG have cost people a ton of money fixing them.


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I love E30's but I have a 22 mile commute EACH way to work every day so not thinking that is the way to go, but I will reconsider if you guys can convince me that the AC will keep me cool in 90 degree commutes?
To me as a resident of the UK, that sounds like a nice problem to have! Keep the roof down and buy a hat?

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Have the same daily driver for 15 yrs. Ford F150. Most popular daily driver for millionaires! true story.

Didn't see the Ford F-150 on any lists Ed, but this author confirms your statement in one of his online blogs

http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/s/stanley-millionaire.html

Everyone has "lists" that vary

http://www.thecarconnection.com/news...lthy-zip-codes

Doesn't your buddy, Warren, drive his F-150 around the streets of Omaha?

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Get the QP. I've had many M5's - great cars, but everybody has a BMW these days and the M badge isn't what it used to be....
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