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Thread: 2002 M Roadster or 2004 M3 Coupe
05-24-2010 02:22 PM #1
2002 M Roadster or 2004 M3 Coupe
Hey everyone, it's been a while since I've last posted on this forum, but I am trying to make a decision that has me torn:
I am looking to buy a 2002 M roadster w/ 36,500 miles on it, while trading in my M3 Coupe w/ 50,650 miles on it.
I have owned an E36 M3 in the past, along with an 2000 M roadster. I purchased my E46 M3 to use as a daily driver while my wife had a smaller car. The situation has changed where my wife is driving an econo-box, and I have reminisced about the 02 M Roadster for quite a while now. My only dilemma is that my M3 is in perfect running condition, well maintained with an after-market extended warranty to 105K Miles. The M roadster has no warranty and an incomplete service history, though the dealer says that the car has been babied by the second owner.
I have always believed that the M roadster was much more elemental, which is my driving preference. I feel that M3 is extremely capable, but it doesn't produce the same driving experience that the roadster does. Having the extra space in the M3 is handy at times, and I feel that it will be reliable in the long-haul, while I'm taking a chance on the roadster. I would appreciate any useful feedback that would aid me in making my decision.
05-24-2010 04:40 PM #2
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05-24-2010 05:52 PM #3
- Altus, OK, United StatesMember No: 13295
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you realize you're on the Z3 boards...right?...
Everyone in here is going to tell you to get the roadster. I'm no different :-). I have my nice daily driver, but the Z3 is my fun, top-down, raw driving machine and I never plan on getting rid of it. It sounds like that's what you're looking for.
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05-26-2010 10:07 AM #10
Re: 2002 M Roadster or 2004 M3 Coupe
I guess the key is how much do you want a convertible? If a MUST, then go for it if it checks out OK. Otherwise I would keep the M3. I was in a similar position with an American muscle car when I first moved here to the mountains. It was even lower mileage than yours and in excellent running condition. I HAD TO HAVE a convertible here (way before my Z3 purchase) and sold it to buy basically the same car, although newer, in convertible form. It worked out well for me but I still can't help missing the previous car because it was in such good shape. You may go through similar feelings. I now own 3 verts so you can see where I stand on the 'importance' scale. Good luck!
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Sorry, here's the correct link to the pictures.
Here are the pictures:
M roadster subframe analysis
06-03-2010 06:18 PM #14
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