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My new car

  • 28-02-2008 12:16pm
    Registered Users Posts: 20,055 ✭✭✭✭

    hi folks, as you all know i put the 530i up for sale recently and after 3 weeks and some price adjustments :eek: the first to see did buy and very happy he was too.

    The the search began in earnest, what began as a shoot out between a nissan 350z, bmw z4 3.0 and a porsche boxster ended as a resounding victory for the e46 m3. The weakening sterling and reasonable insurance meant that a car i fell in love with as a young buck was now within reach.

    so scoured piston heads and was ready to travel to the uk when i noticed a fully loaded 01 on carzone local, so i went to see it. It was a nice car and had a great spec but it was black with black interior and tinted rear windows which put me off a little, there was also a badly repaired keyed panel which needed redoing, the cumulative effect of this put me off.

    However that evening a 02 m3 was added to piston heads in Norn ireland, decided to travel up on the following day to look at it. When i got there i met a very reluctant seller with a very clean and tidy m3 in my favourite colour combo, carbon black and kiwi interior.

    Agreed to buy and ended it up picking it up a week later which was last saturday, has just been up to ac car sales for its inspection 2 and all is good :)
    The spec is:
    02 e46 m3 manual Carbon Black
    Kiwi leather interior
    47000 miles
    Bixenon auto headlights
    19" polished rims

    Doesnt have sat nav (would have been nice) or smg (didnt want it)

    First impressions are, f me its quick, doesnt like being driven slowly, gear box and diff make all sorts of groans and clunks (looked into this prior to buying, a common M issue) but driven quickly and its a screaming wailing joy!

    I love the aggressive looks and dont like the fuel consumption (12mpg in crap traffic on the stillorgan dueller!!) but all in all i am delighted

    Am keeping it until i hit near 60,000 miles so i will end up keeping this car for over 12 months i would imagine!

    here are the sellers pics, some of my own when i get a chance: (doh pics fixed)




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,978 ✭✭✭✭mike65



  • Registered Users Posts: 20,055 ✭✭✭✭Cyrus

    er :confused::o

  • Registered Users Posts: 65,387 ✭✭✭✭unkel
    Chauffe, Marcel, chauffe!

    Very nice indeed. Well wear!
    Cyrus wrote: »
    i will end up keeping this car for over 12 months i would imagine!

    Yeah right :p

    996 next year, then a Murci and a Veyron in 2011? :D
    Cyrus wrote: »
    er :confused::o

    Pistonheads don't allow hot linking, so here are the pics for anyone interested:

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,229 ✭✭✭Rowley Birkin QC

    Still not working Unkel

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,094 ✭✭✭✭javaboy

    As said above. Oops :D

    I like the yellow racing stripe:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,055 ✭✭✭✭Cyrus

    pics fixed sorry! :o

    would love a 996 :D

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 298 ✭✭farva

    Savage car man! Congrats! I saw you 530i in adverts and it was a stunner, in unbelievable condition for a 01! Thats the best coulour combo for an M3 alright.

    The only downside must be the €1500 road tax! Whats the insurance like?

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,055 ✭✭✭✭Cyrus

    yep road tax hurts, insurance unbelievably is only 1k (im 27)

  • Registered Users Posts: 65,387 ✭✭✭✭unkel
    Chauffe, Marcel, chauffe!

    bigkev49 wrote: »
    Still not working Unkel

    Yes they are, but you have to copy&paste the link. As I said, Pistonheads don't allow hotlinking ;)

    Or what Cyrus did, download the pictures and host somewhere else :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,906 ✭✭✭jayok

    Congrats Cyrus!!

    Leather colour is not to my liking, but that's just me. You love it, that's all that matters :)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 65,387 ✭✭✭✭unkel
    Chauffe, Marcel, chauffe!

    Cyrus wrote: »
    insurance unbelievably is only 1k (im 27)

    That's fantastic!

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 298 ✭✭farva

    Cyrus wrote: »
    yep road tax hurts, insurance unbelievably is only 1k (im 27)

    Thats a good price, a mate of mine is 24 driving an '02 M3 also and paying €1.5k!

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 66 ✭✭corrado

    Nice motor, best of luck with it and well ware :cool:

    That is a very different colour interior but in a odd way i like it

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,377 ✭✭✭Curran

    Had seen it already on

    Its a peach - well wear lad ;)......wish i had the cash for your 530i...lucky new owner there too!!!

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,055 ✭✭✭✭Cyrus

    thanks very much everyone, i appreciate the interior might not be to all tastes, personally i love it, didnt want black and had grey before and didnt like it as much as this!

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,193 ✭✭✭MarkN

    Lovely example Cyrus. Best of luck with it!

    Like the leather myself, love the lemon leather too in the new model, nice and bright.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,863 ✭✭✭RobAMerc

    very nice mate - well ware!

    can I ask who you guys are insured with ?

    My mate wants a 225bhp TT, they're looking for €1800 and he's 30 !

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,055 ✭✭✭✭Cyrus

    im insured with eagle star thro a broker, have full NCB tho

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,823 ✭✭✭neacy69

    Nice Car....Congrats

    ps: you seem to go through cars quicker than......[something really quick]

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,501 ✭✭✭✭Cookie_Monster

    Nice car, looks great but the seats are a manky colour IMHO

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 27,857 ✭✭✭✭Dave!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,380 ✭✭✭daRobot

    Nice car! No doubt it'll bring you plenty of fun

    How much did it cost you, with Vrt included?

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,055 ✭✭✭✭Cyrus

    cost was above 30k but below 35k :D

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,310 ✭✭✭alias no.9

    Well wear. Not gone on the interior either but fine motor none the less.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,435 ✭✭✭C_Breeze

    Congrats - absolutely excellent car!

    Had the pleasure of driving one of these for a day ... you're right when you say they dont like being driven slowly :D .... also dont like being driven in a straight line with the "ASC" off :p

    Not too keen on the pistachio green or "kiwi" interior either - red would be my favorite with carbon black ... but with a car like this it doesn't take anything away!

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,055 ✭✭✭✭Cyrus

    really dont like the red with black, its lovely with the silver grey tho

    each to their own :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 591 ✭✭✭NBar

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ;) well wear can't wait til the convoy when heading up North:D

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 153 ✭✭boomboombazza

    farva wrote: »
    Thats a good price, a mate of mine is 24 driving an '02 M3 also and paying €1.5k!

    just turned 22 and im paying 1650 fully comp on the M with britton through axa. its an e36 M3 though

    cyrus, its autotrader here by the way. love the car as you know and never mind the kiwi haters!

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,055 ✭✭✭✭Cyrus

    ah the support from the bmw lads :D;)

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,943 ✭✭✭smcgiff

    Sweet! Would love a go off one! Wink Wink! nudge nudge! :D