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Old 12th January 2018, 09:41 AM   #1
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Default Z4M to E9x M3 ....anyone made the swap?

I'm thinking of swapping my Z4M roadster to a E9x M3 in the spring. Has anyone done this? I'm interested in your thoughts....good move? Any downsides? Haven't decided on coupe or vert yet.I will probably be going down the AUC route for piece of mind.
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Old 12th January 2018, 09:47 AM   #2
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Out of interest, what draws you to the M3? I can only think the requirement of more seats or the V8? Imo its a massive shame they didn't put the V8 in a smaller chassis. Same for the V10 tbh.
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Old 12th January 2018, 11:05 AM   #3
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It's the V8. I want to own a V8 before they all die out and this seems an affordable route. I'm propably older than most on here and figure I've got another 10 years or so before I have to start being sensible in my old age. I would hate to get to a point where I look back and think "I wish I'd done that".
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Old 12th January 2018, 11:27 AM   #4
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Don't worry, there are a few "old timers" on here

AUC is a great way into M3 ownership. Push for or pay for a second year AUC warranty cover.
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Old 12th January 2018, 11:37 AM   #5
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It's the V8. I want to own a V8 before they all die out and this seems an affordable route. I'm propably older than most on here and figure I've got another 10 years or so before I have to start being sensible in my old age. I would hate to get to a point where I look back and think "I wish I'd done that".
You wont regret it.

The E92 M3 is a step up all round. A great car that every petrol head should sample at sometime in their life.
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Old 12th January 2018, 01:00 PM   #6
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It's the V8. I want to own a V8 before they all die out and this seems an affordable route. I'm propably older than most on here and figure I've got another 10 years or so before I have to start being sensible in my old age. I would hate to get to a point where I look back and think "I wish I'd done that".
Going from the smaller Z4M I'd assume you'd lose some nimbleness, but the
E9M chassis is still proper handling. Came from 335i into the E60 550i to try to V8 myself a few years ago - although I though NA/V8 was old fashion power. Wow, simply had to get more of the same hence moved to the E9M.

Do it.
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Old 12th January 2018, 01:10 PM   #7
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I am in the middle of doing this I have sold my Z4M roadster and am looking for a M3. I have test driven a few and what I have noticed is the M3 is slightly quicker and feels bigger but never feels like it wants to kill you like the Z4M sometimes does.

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Old 12th January 2018, 04:42 PM   #8
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I have had a Z4M roady and a Z4M Coupe..


An E92 M3 is a totally different car.. The E8x is wild,light and twitchy and on a good A road comes alive....

The E9x ..... Errr,have a go in one first before you do anything rash.
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I have had 2 M coupes and loved them both but my M3 Is on a whole new level, You won't regret it for a moment,
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Old 16th January 2018, 10:12 AM   #11
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I had a Z4M coupe and really regret selling it! The M3 is a better, more usable car but the thrill of the Z4M was a touch higher.
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I had a Z4M coupe and really regret selling it! The M3 is a better, more usable car but the thrill of the Z4M was a touch higher.
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The V8 is much more rounded in terms of use and it is faster, but the Z4M is more fun, involving and a proper drivers cars.
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Old 16th January 2018, 12:59 PM   #13
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I had a Z4M coupe and really regret selling it! The M3 is a better, more usable car but the thrill of the Z4M was a touch higher.
Came from a Z4M Coupe and totally agree with this.
The M3 seems a bit quicker too and the noise, when the exhaust mod is done, is great, but would I do it again?, no!
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Old 16th January 2018, 03:04 PM   #14
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Came from a Z4M Coupe and totally agree with this.
The M3 seems a bit quicker too and the noise, when the exhaust mod is done, is great, but would I do it again?, no!
Sadly in my case keeping both was not an option. Ultimately the M3 is better rounded. Ive often gone back and "checked" Z4M prices on autotrader but its still too expensive for a hobby car

If there were any way I could have kept both I would have. The Z4M was a flawed diamond but still absolutely endearing. I was hoping the newer model Z4 would be more of the same but theres no coupe model or M model
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Sadly in my case keeping both was not an option. Ultimately the M3 is better rounded. Ive often gone back and "checked" Z4M prices on autotrader but its still too expensive for a hobby car

If there were any way I could have kept both I would have. The Z4M was a flawed diamond but still absolutely endearing. I was hoping the newer model Z4 would be more of the same but theres no coupe model or M model
I had a E89 35is too..

Had it mapped ad it was an absolute weapon... Would walk away from Z4M everywhere.

Some people dont like the E89 and say it was a bit lardy,but it would go around corners as quick as an M car although you could feel the weight transfer.
It was just a better car all round than the M( apart from looks of M coupe,superb looking car),and that pains me to say but credit where its due.
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Old 16th January 2018, 07:11 PM   #16
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Im sure the E89 could go faster, especially mapped. Probably around corners too in the right hands since im not a pro driver, I just go with what I feel from the car

The Z4M always felt special. To me, the E89 just felt less so. But of course its subjective.
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Old 16th January 2018, 08:26 PM   #17
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Ive had both a Z4MC and an E92 M3. I would have another e92 but probably not a Z4.

Saying that my Z4 was a great car but the limited 2 seats and it was a handle at the limit would probably put me off.

I believe the e92 is probably one of the most underrated M cars available
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Old 17th January 2018, 09:15 AM   #18
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Z4MC is a pure drivers car. I was always amazed at how hard you could throw the Z4 into corners. The chassis is incredibly stiff. It is very nimble and a fair bit lighter than an E92. With an S65 inside it it would be a complete animal.

They are cars with very different purposes imo. Given how much bigger and heavier the E9x is its surprising how well it handles in comparison.
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Old 17th January 2018, 12:27 PM   #19
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Strange how everyone's opinions of Z4Ms vary so much.

In terms of handling I found mine understeery at the front then spiky at the rear and I never really knew what it was going to do.

E90 handling is, for me, more balanced, more progressive, more fun.

Both have nice engines.

The E90 doesn't feel quite as special as a Z4MC but I personally wouldn't swap back.
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I would try and opt for a comp pack M3 if you can, they really do handle so much better. And noticeable differences in the EDC settings.

I loved my Z4M, but the bonnet was just moosive to try and gauge. Proper little sports car, and sounded great.

Personally think try an M3 before, but I loved the 92 probably more than any other car I've owned. And there has been a few
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