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Old 04-19-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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e46 (2001-2006) BMW M3 vs. Camaro SS

I haven't seen this yet, and I'm just curious. I drive a bimmer so don't trash them too badly haha. I've actually put my M3 up for sale to pay for the CGM 2SS RS I've ordered


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Old 04-19-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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Well the M3 is going to have alot more steering feel and respond a good deal better, however the Camaro is going to pull alot harder and look alot better imo.


Quality/interior/attention to detail wise, ill bet your car was 50kish when you bought it so dont expect this to be comparable.
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well the camaro beat it by 3 seconds or so on the nurburgring
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:42 PM   #4
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well the camaro beat it by 3 seconds or so on the nurburgring
Did anyone see the "Top Gear" episode where they had that expert lady driver take that delivery van and try and beat Jeremy's time in some car using the ford van?

She was damn good, and she was actually passing these stunned looking drivers. I think she even passed a motorcycle at one point.

I wonder if someone who was a real expert on the ring would be able to get an even better time in the SS and LS for that matter?
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:49 PM   #5
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Well the M3 is going to have alot more steering feel and respond a good deal better, however the Camaro is going to pull alot harder and look alot better imo.


Quality/interior/attention to detail wise, ill bet your car was 50kish when you bought it so dont expect this to be comparable.
I really hope I haven't been spoiled by the interior of the BMW, though the Camaro's does look very appealing. I know, I know, "who buys a Camaro for the interior?" but still, it's the part of the car you see most of the time. I'm thinking that if I am in the least bit disappointed in the interior, the sound of the V8 and the feel of the car accelerating will certainly make up for it. I've been listening to an I6 for too long, and I must say I'm ready to hear the V8 roar. In terms of looks...it could go either way for me, mainly because I've put some money into my car. But I'm sure the day I see my car in person, the tables will definitely turn.
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I really hope I haven't been spoiled by the interior of the BMW, though the Camaro's does look very appealing. I know, I know, "who buys a Camaro for the interior?" but still, it's the part of the car you see most of the time. I'm thinking that if I am in the least bit disappointed in the interior, the sound of the V8 and the feel of the car accelerating will certainly make up for it. I've been listening to an I6 for too long, and I must say I'm ready to hear the V8 roar. In terms of looks...it could go either way for me, mainly because I've put some money into my car. But I'm sure the day I see my car in person, the tables will definitely turn.
What are the top 3 things you love about your own car (the m3) and the 3 least fav things
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:10 PM   #7
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What are the top 3 things you love about your own car (the m3) and the 3 least fav things
hmmmm....this could be tough. how about 4?

Like:
1. I LOVE the fender flares over the rear wheels. looks beautiful with aftermarket wheels/tires and some coilovers.
2. Though I just ragged on the sound of the car, the engine is pretty incredible: A high revving 3.2 liter with 333 hp. Very well engineered.
3. The interior quality is a step above most cars. I love the feel of the thick steering wheel...which sounds weird but whatever.
4. It has a big trunk, and can carry four comfortably, yet it's still quick.

Dislike:
1. Seats are rough on the lower back for longer drives
2. Modifications cost serious $$$$$. same with maintenance work.
3. Something breaking down is always in the back of my mind. I have the SMG, so if that goes bad, I'm out thousands.
4. no spare...though my camaro won't either. i can get over that though.

I'm sure I overlooked a couple things, but that's just a quick list off the top of my head.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:29 PM   #8
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They are definately different style cars - but performance seems to be matched fairly well. camaro is a bigger car wit compensating extra power e46 m3 is one of my fav cars, along with the e39 M5

I think your doing good going with a camaro (well, you can't go wrong picking between those two!)



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Did anyone see the "Top Gear" episode where they had that expert lady driver take that delivery van and try and beat Jeremy's time in some car using the ford van?

She was damn good, and she was actually passing these stunned looking drivers. I think she even passed a motorcycle at one point.

I wonder if someone who was a real expert on the ring would be able to get an even better time in the SS and LS for that matter?
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:41 PM   #9
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hmmmm....this could be tough. how about 4?

Like:
1. I LOVE the fender flares over the rear wheels. looks beautiful with aftermarket wheels/tires and some coilovers.
2. Though I just ragged on the sound of the car, the engine is pretty incredible: A high revving 3.2 liter with 333 hp. Very well engineered.
3. The interior quality is a step above most cars. I love the feel of the thick steering wheel...which sounds weird but whatever.
4. It has a big trunk, and can carry four comfortably, yet it's still quick.

Dislike:
1. Seats are rough on the lower back for longer drives
2. Modifications cost serious $$$$$. same with maintenance work.
3. Something breaking down is always in the back of my mind. I have the SMG, so if that goes bad, I'm out thousands.
4. no spare...though my camaro won't either. i can get over that though.

I'm sure I overlooked a couple things, but that's just a quick list off the top of my head.
i think the camaro is going to be good for you, it seems like the things you enjoy most about your M can be acheived with the SS. The high revving engine and german styling cues are going to be gone, but you'll forget about them when you've got a big American V8.

The only thing is interior quality.. there is a huge gap. Im guessing you'll end up looking past it, but at the same time if it was me id have a hard time dealing with the change.

BUT. you'll end up being very very happy with it when it comes times for work on the car and you dont have to sell organs to afford it.
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Did anyone see the "Top Gear" episode where they had that expert lady driver take that delivery van and try and beat Jeremy's time in some car using the ford van?

She was damn good, and she was actually passing these stunned looking drivers. I think she even passed a motorcycle at one point.

I wonder if someone who was a real expert on the ring would be able to get an even better time in the SS and LS for that matter?
yeah that was awesome
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:24 AM   #12
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Straight line performance goes to the camaro .. corners go to the BMW ... it is hard to compare the two though as I view them as having two different purposes and price points ..

And btw .. I own a 135i (trading / selling for the camaro)... I'd like to see that comparison too as it is a little more in the same pricerange (although the BMW is still a a little more expensive) ..

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The only thing is interior quality.. there is a huge gap. Im guessing you'll end up looking past it, but at the same time if it was me id have a hard time dealing with the change.
There is quality, and there's materials.

Not for anything, but I feel it's important to differenciate. In the materials, I agree there's a huge gap (about 20 thousand dollars worth )...but not in quality (as in fit, finish, rattles, etc).




EDIT: And according to Edmunds, the Camaro accelerates to 60 faster, goes through the quarter faster, brakes faster, and goes through the slalom at a higher mph than the 2001 M3.
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There is quality, and there's materials.

Not for anything, but I feel it's important to differenciate. In the materials, I agree there's a huge gap (about 20 thousand dollars worth )...but not in quality (as in fit, finish, rattles, etc).




EDIT: And according to Edmunds, the Camaro accelerates to 60 faster, goes through the quarter faster, brakes faster, and goes through the slalom at a higher mph than the 2001 M3.



Good point. I guess it is important to specify that the MATERIALS used are going to be a good deal different, not the care to which they were put together. Its not going to be bad build quality, but its not going to measure up to the same standard of materials either
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