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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    How about that.
    Honestly it is unreal how many people have done a complete 180. I attend a local meet and it seems like there is one less N54 every time. I have lost count of people I know in the BMW community that are now driving M3's, that were once M3 sh*t talkers.


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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
    Honestly it is unreal how many people have done a complete 180. I attend a local meet and it seems like there is one less N54 every time. I have lost count of people I know in the BMW community that are now driving M3's, that were once M3 sh*t talkers.
    Never was a $#@! talker about M3s, I loved my 135i, the N54 was and still is a gem of a platform. Hell, the N54 is responsible for the success of this forum. That said, I just kept thinking in the back of my mind that the V8 M3 is just something that will never come around again with the direction M division is going.

    Last year when I was looking at options the S65 was still very expensive up here, fast forward 1 year and the prices of these cars have dropped dramatically to the point where it easily fits in my budget. Started getting the niggling feeling like the timing was now right, so here I am.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
    If I were you, I would give the DCT a good try before jumping... Based on what you are saying about the motor, I think you would like it. It's like the difference between the S65 and whatever - same goes for DCT in my opinion. The car was made for it - it's hard to explain, but it really makes a difference everywhere.

    Either way though - you are making a good decision, just wanted to throw that out there. Click here to enlarge
    I hear you but I want to drive the car, not push buttons. I did that in my 135i (I know the ZF does not hold a candle to the DCT) and got really bored fast.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Irishace Click here to enlarge
    I hear you but I want to drive the car, not push buttons. I did that in my 135i (I know the ZF does not hold a candle to the DCT) and got really bored fast.
    I don't blame you at all for wanting to throw gears.. 10 years ago I couldn't even imagine not owning the manual version of a car, but here we are with these DCT's.

    I've got to agree with LM and inline that you should at least have a proper thrashing behind the wheel of a DCT equipped car. I'm looking at them too, as well as slapping a Evolve S/C on it and DCT would be my route 1000%.

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    @Irishace you won't regret the switch to a m3 or getting the evolve kit.... The only thing I regret is driving LM's car. It ruined my plan to enjoy na for a bit with FBO. The s65 with the evolve kit is 100% the way I would go...


    Also, you should try a dct car, the high revs and gearing of the s65 along with the dct is a amazing package. The trans shifts so quickly when you full throttle, it's insane. Either way, your making a good choice jumping to the m3 and s65, I wish I had done it earlier.
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    Ok, I will give a DCT a run. Click here to enlarge

    LM was a big reason I am going down this path as well. There are very few SC'd S65s in my area, in fact I cannot think of one, and I need to give the N54s a run around here Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
    @Irishace you won't regret the switch to a m3 or getting the evolve kit.... The only thing I regret is driving LM's car. It ruined my plan to enjoy na for a bit with FBO. The s65 with the evolve kit is 100% the way I would go...


    Also, you should try a dct car, the high revs and gearing of the s65 along with the dct is a amazing package. The trans shifts so quickly when you full throttle, it's insane. Either way, your making a good choice jumping to the m3 and s65, I wish I had done it earlier.

    lol and your a 6MT guy that made the DCT switch Click here to enlarge wait till you see the car now.. Click here to enlarge

    ive never had the car in auto mode, maybe 25 miles or so when i first got it to try it,never since in over a year/20k miles

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
    lol and your a 6MT guy that made the DCT switch Click here to enlarge wait till you see the car now.. Click here to enlarge

    ive never had the car in auto mode, maybe 25 miles or so when i first got it to try it,never since in over a year/20k miles
    Same here. The only time that car shifts gears by itself is when it's using LC.

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    After reading this i am close to teetering on the edge of upgrading my 2007 335 n54 for an e9x m3 - obviously with intention to get the evolve or similar kit. General question about the e9x m3 for the faithful - what year or other consideration when i am buying? I found a nice 2009 coupe with 65k miles. Price is decent - i dont have to start with 2011 or newer to get the performance upgrade flexibilty with an m3- do i?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Mholst Click here to enlarge
    After reading this i am close to teetering on the edge of upgrading my 2007 335 n54 for an e9x m3 - obviously with intention to get the evolve or similar kit. General question about the e9x m3 for the faithful - what year or other consideration when i am buying? I found a nice 2009 coupe with 65k miles. Price is decent - i dont have to start with 2011 or newer to get the performance upgrade flexibilty with an m3- do i?

    mines an 09, no issues. only other thing i could see as better for newer is the latest Idrive options. if your worried about bearings, thats a S65 thing and very very few have issues so model year wont change that.

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    I picked up a 09 as well with 43k miles. I got mine inspected by a shop and a blackstone oil analysis before I bought it, the car passed with flying colors. I would buy 09 and newer if I were you, just to avoid first year car issues (eventhough there arent really any on m3's). As LM said, make sure the car was properly maintained, oil changed at appropriate intervals, etc.

    For those on the fence, I had a n54 335, FBO, protune, pump only with LSD and I don't regret one minute that I moved onto a m3. Now that my m is FBO and tuned it's just gravy.... My 335 was great, and it's a great car, but the m3 is another animal all together.

    The dct is one of the best features of the car...
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
    Now that my m is FBO and tuned it's just gravy.... My 335 was great, and it's a great car, but the m3 is another animal all together.

    The dct is one of the best features of the car...
    This is what ive been saying, the car itself is just FUN, adding boost is just a bonus

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
    I picked up a 09 as well with 43k miles. I got mine inspected by a shop and a blackstone oil analysis before I bought it, the car passed with flying colors. I would buy 09 and newer if I were you, just to avoid first year car issues (eventhough there arent really any on m3's). As LM said, make sure the car was properly maintained, oil changed at appropriate intervals, etc.

    For those on the fence, I had a n54 335, FBO, protune, pump only with LSD and I don't regret one minute that I moved onto a m3. Now that my m is FBO and tuned it's just gravy.... My 335 was great, and it's a great car, but the m3 is another animal all together.

    The dct is one of the best features of the car...
    I am super happy you love the car, however it's SUPER frustrating trying to convey this to other people.

    I try to be logical, use experience, etc. - but until someone drives one for an hour or so, they will remain on the fence. Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
    I am super happy you love the car, however it's SUPER frustrating trying to convey this to other people.

    I try to be logical, use experience, etc. - but until someone drives one for an hour or so, they will remain on the fence. Click here to enlarge
    Eh...I think people know, but the n54 is still easier/cheaper to make power, so many are drawn to that
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
    Eh...I think people know, but the n54 is still easier/cheaper to make power, so many are drawn to that
    This.

    After having driven a DCT and a manual, the car is flat out intoxicating. I am going to stick with the manual but wow is the DCT an incredible piece of engineering. I should have her in my driveway today, STOKED!

    She will stay NA over the winter and will Evolve in the spring! Can't wait.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
    Eh...I think people know, but the n54 is still easier/cheaper to make power, so many are drawn to that
    I would agree with you, but there are literally threads hundreds of pages long about this?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Irishace Click here to enlarge
    This.

    After having driven a DCT and a manual, the car is flat out intoxicating. I am going to stick with the manual but wow is the DCT an incredible piece of engineering. I should have her in my driveway today, STOKED!

    She will stay NA over the winter and will Evolve in the spring! Can't wait.
    Awesome man - congratulations

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Irishace Click here to enlarge
    This.

    After having driven a DCT and a manual, the car is flat out intoxicating. I am going to stick with the manual but wow is the DCT an incredible piece of engineering. I should have her in my driveway today, STOKED!

    She will stay NA over the winter and will Evolve in the spring! Can't wait.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Irishace Click here to enlarge
    This.

    After having driven a DCT and a manual, the car is flat out intoxicating. I am going to stick with the manual but wow is the DCT an incredible piece of engineering. I should have her in my driveway today, STOKED!

    She will stay NA over the winter and will Evolve in the spring! Can't wait.
    That's awesome! Congratulations man, your gonna have a blast with that S65. Post up some pics for us!
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    pics?

    This one has a new look:

    In reality its as dark as this first one, the rest it looks lighter. I was debating going with silver or black wheels, as you can see I went back to black

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    Wow, looks wicked Steve!

    My first pic, was not able to bring her home today, have to be in South Carolina on business for the remainder of the week so I will be bringing her home Monday.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Irishace Click here to enlarge
    Wow, looks wicked Steve!

    My first pic, was not able to bring her home today, have to be in South Carolina on business for the remainder of the week so I will be bringing her home Monday.

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    Hopefully its not raining when you pic it up. it was when i got mine.. good grab though! time to experience what the hype was all about Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
    Hopefully its not raining when you pic it up. it was when i got mine.. good grab though! time to experience what the hype was all about Click here to enlarge
    Yep looking forward to it, Monday can't come soon enough.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
    Honestly it is unreal how many people have done a complete 180. I attend a local meet and it seems like there is one less N54 every time. I have lost count of people I know in the BMW community that are now driving M3's, that were once M3 sh*t talkers.
    All I have to say is if it clicks finally it clicks. Better late than never.

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