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Old 12-30-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Should I get it???

I have 04 BMW m3 I was thinkin of trading it for a 1LE. Dealer offered me 22k for it which is fair. Any unbiased thoughts?
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:31 PM   #2
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I have 04 BMW m3 I was thinkin of trading it for a 1lE. Dealer offered me 22k fort w which is fair. Any unbiased thoughts?
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:33 PM   #3
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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I have 04 BMW m3 I was thinkin of trading it for a 1lE. Dealer offered me 22k fort w which is fair. Any unbiased thoughts?
Sold my 2002 S4 for my 1LE. The handling was the main reason I went back to Camaro.


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Old 12-30-2012, 10:38 PM   #5
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:44 PM   #6
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:46 PM   #7
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This is what I traded for my 2010 2ss/rs. 2005 M3 w/ competition package. I installed KW variant 2 and some other cool stuff.

I am going back to BMW after this camaro. Take that for what its worth. Also, next years M3 will be sweet.
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I went from a 335i to an SS. Then I made my SS handle. Probably with the right tires pretty close to a 1LE.

You will get a better car right out of the box. It is an awesome car. Go for it, the 1LE is the best bang for the buck around.

If you plan to track it, avoid the sunroof. It makes wearing a helmet difficult with the reduced head room. Or just slink down in the seat and enjoy the sun.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #9
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This is what I traded for my 2010 2ss/rs. 2005 M3 w/ competition package. I installed KW variant 2 and some other cool stuff.

I am going back to BMW after this camaro. Take that for what its worth. Also, next years M3 will be sweet.
That Bimmer is sweet. I couldn't have traded that.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #10
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:51 PM   #11
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This is what I traded for my 2010 2ss/rs. 2005 M3 w/ competition package. I installed KW variant 2 and some other cool stuff.

I am going back to BMW after this camaro. Take that for what its worth. Also, next years M3 will be sweet.
Seems to me BMW is losing its Mojo lately. I hope with next M3 BMW gets back on track.

When you get rid of your SS let me know. First dib on your wheels.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:00 AM   #12
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Seems to me BMW is losing its Mojo lately. I hope with next M3 BMW gets back on track.

When you get rid of your SS let me know. First dib on your wheels.
BMW and Audi make great cars. Repair costs are super expensive though. I swear you wear a logo on your head that tells repair shops that you don't mind expensive repairs. Anyway, after 120k miles my S4 still drove (drives) like it was new. The car was still tight. That's important. If the Camaro turns into a rattle bucket I will look seriously at German engineering again. I'm optimisic that it won't. I had an 84 Z28 and that thing never broke down and didn't rattle one bit.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:11 AM   #13
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man, tough choice...i love the earlier M3, i don't care much for what they've done with it lately. still, as an owner of a new 1LE...do it you've already got around half the price gone in your trade, and like CRT just said, repairs are more expensive and your car's probably going to start showing it's age soon if it hasn't already
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:23 AM   #14
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I love M3's, adore them. The E46 was my favorite too due to the I6 but man, the 1LE is whole other level of car. If I was given $22k for a 2004 car I would sell sell sell. My friend at work has the same M3, 2004 with the competition package. Nice car but nothing like the 1LE.

Now if you had the V8 M3 than it could be somewhat different. This is how I would look at it. The 5th gen camaro is very original, completely new. Great looking car. It is very safe due to its size and design (5 star everyhing). You have a modern Nav, OnStar, MP3's, decent sound system (you can upgrade it) and a very original interior (I love it, all the colors match on every gauge, radio etc.).

At the same time you have world class handling (it whooped the new M5 and M6 by 4-5 seconds at VIR on Car and Driver Lightning Lap) and it rides a lot more comfortable than the M3. The interior materials are nice (I like the 1SS more because it doesn't use plastic on the door cards) and you have some cool options (2SS will give you leather and you can get halos similar to the Bimmer angel eyes).

In summary, you get a 10 year newer car for under 40k (if you stick with 1SS) and with 22 down your payment would be a joke. Also, insurance is dirt cheap on this car because of its safety ratings.

Go drive one and then drive your M3 back to back, I am certain you will be blown away by the camaro. Don't let the low roof and high doors scare you with visibility, after 2 weeks driving the camaro will feel like driving a smaller car.
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