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Re: M3 or Porshe - Opinion please (archive)

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Posted by Crazytrain on November 02, 2000 at 02:11:01:

In Reply to: M3 or Porshe - Opinion please posted by VL///M on November 02, 2000 at 01:20:49:

For $15K you won't get a good 911. Trust me I looked for a very long time at 911s in that price range, you see a whole lot of rust, its really sad what people do to Porsches, I id see a few nice ones in that price range, but only 3 after looking for a very long time. My advice would be to save up the extra money and buy an M3 in the 15K range, you'll get a better M3 for that price with less headaches than a 10K one.


I've always like the E30 M3 and finally saved up enough to get one. I would like to use it as both an everyday car as well as for some fun at a driving school down the line.

I'd like to get your opinion, especially those that own or have driven both, M3 and 911. Should I get an M3 or save a bit more and get a 911 that's 2 or 3 years older? Both of these cars look good in their own way but one will see 911s everywhere as opposed to a rare E30 M3 sighting. On the other hand, the 911 has been touted to be synonymous with sport or racing car. Since I've never race a car, is the 911 that much better (performance, reliability, fun to drive)? or are the M3 and 911 in different classes? Remember, I'm thinking of a 10K M3 and probably a 15K 911.

If I get an M3, should I get an '88 or '91? I know that the '91 will have an airbag, possibly less miles, and wear and tear but does it have anything else in terms of performance or reliability that really differentiate it from the '88 that I should spend more for? Is it better to get a modified one vs. close to stock if I plan on using it at driving school and grow into it?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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