Z4M to E9x M3 ....anyone made the swap?

Discussion in 'E90 Saloon / E92 Coupe / E93 Convertible M3 (2008-2013)' started by AldridgeZ4, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. 12 Jan 2018 at 9:41 AM #1
    AldridgeZ4

    AldridgeZ4 A mere Chipper

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Your Motor:
    Z4M
    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.
     
  2. 12 Jan 2018 at 9:47 AM #2
    tej

    tej Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    May 17, 2017
    Messages:
    641
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Your Motor:
    2007 e92 M3 , Melbourne Red , 6MT
    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.
     
  3. 12 Jan 2018 at 11:05 AM #3
    AldridgeZ4

    AldridgeZ4 A mere Chipper

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Your Motor:
    Z4M
    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".
     
  4. 12 Jan 2018 at 11:27 AM #4
    ndj

    ndj Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2012
    Messages:
    640
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Your Motor:
    M3 Taxi
    Don't worry, there are a few "old timers" on here :thumbsup:

    AUC is a great way into M3 ownership. Push for or pay for a second year AUC warranty cover.
     
  5. 12 Jan 2018 at 11:37 AM #5
    alpina527

    alpina527 Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2007
    Messages:
    9,991
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Your Motor:
    Dct M4 Coupe
    You won’t 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.
     
  6. 12 Jan 2018 at 1:00 PM #6
    Helmsman

    Helmsman Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2014
    Messages:
    724
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Your Motor:
    2011 BMW M3 E90 Comp Pack DCT
    Colour Combo:
    Alpine White, Black Novillo
    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.
     
  7. 12 Jan 2018 at 1:10 PM #7
    Gazc

    Gazc On the path

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2017
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Your Motor:
    Silverstone E92 M3
    Colour Combo:
    Silverstone/Black
    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.
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018
  8. 12 Jan 2018 at 4:42 PM #8
    alpinaman

    alpinaman Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    May 22, 2011
    Messages:
    1,495
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Your Motor:
    500 bhp+
    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.
     
  9. 12 Jan 2018 at 7:46 PM #9
    api330

    api330 Rocking a new hat

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Messages:
    538
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Your Motor:
    M3
    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,
     
  10. 12 Jan 2018 at 7:57 PM #10
    boba fett

    boba fett Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2014
    Messages:
    9,309
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Your Motor:
    N/A
    Looks :thumbsup:
     
  11. 16 Jan 2018 at 10:12 AM #11
    Rage

    Rage A mere Chipper

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Your Motor:
    2013 E92 M3 Comp Pack
    Colour Combo:
    Alpine White/Black
    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.
     
  12. 16 Jan 2018 at 10:54 AM #12
    toplad

    toplad Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2011
    Messages:
    1,328
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Your Motor:
    Mobile skip
    This

    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.
     
  13. 16 Jan 2018 at 12:59 PM #13
    TheCoolCat

    TheCoolCat Wearing official robes

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2013
    Messages:
    443
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Your Motor:
    2010 BMW M3 e92
    Colour Combo:
    White/Black
    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!
     
  14. 16 Jan 2018 at 3:04 PM #14
    Rage

    Rage A mere Chipper

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Your Motor:
    2013 E92 M3 Comp Pack
    Colour Combo:
    Alpine White/Black
    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:(
     
  15. 16 Jan 2018 at 5:16 PM #15
    alpinaman

    alpinaman Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    May 22, 2011
    Messages:
    1,495
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Your Motor:
    500 bhp+
    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.
     
  16. 16 Jan 2018 at 7:11 PM #16
    Rage

    Rage A mere Chipper

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2016
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Your Motor:
    2013 E92 M3 Comp Pack
    Colour Combo:
    Alpine White/Black
    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.
     
  17. 16 Jan 2018 at 8:26 PM #17
    Skelts

    Skelts Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,530
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Your Motor:
    R8 gt
    Colour Combo:
    White
    I’ve 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
     
  18. 17 Jan 2018 at 9:15 AM #18
    djgandy

    djgandy Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2016
    Messages:
    990
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Your Motor:
    Atlantis Blue E93 M3
    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.
     
  19. 17 Jan 2018 at 12:27 PM #19
    irishsteve

    irishsteve Wearing official underwear

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2015
    Messages:
    220
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Your Motor:
    E90 M3
    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.
     
  20. 18 Jan 2018 at 8:44 AM #20
    chrisc

    chrisc Achieved official socks

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2010
    Messages:
    17,389
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Your Motor:
    F80 M3 + Golf R
    Colour Combo:
    Pink
    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 :muttley:
     

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice