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Some thoughts. (archive)

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Posted by Jeremy on May 17, 1999 at 07:23:44:

In Reply to: Re: HELP Buying M3 -- Now or 2000 posted by Bruce on May 17, 1999 at 00:39:39:

: it will have at least 340hp...the more i think about it (and looking at the cars other manufacturers are coming out with) the less i think the increase will be...please no corvette

*****Prob. a good call. They are upping the hp to compete (dominate) with the competition. With cars like the 320hp Ford Cobra and the 345hp corvette, they can't up both the price and the hp, or at least it would seem.

: : 5) Will the car be of the highest quality the first year? Maybe I'll let early adopters figure that one out first.

: every car has it's first year bugs, but the major bugs should be worked out since the E46 has already been out for a year

: demand will be high, MSRP will be the rule...not a bad plan to drive an E36 M3 now and wait til teh 2nd year...depending on price, demand will slow but by how much? the M3 has always been a good seller (unlike the E34 M5 which stopped US production a full 2 years before it was discontinued in Europe)

*******If I were in the same situation, I would buy an E36 M3 coupe now, and pay under MSRP, drive it and love it for 3-5 years, then unload it for a new M3 (E46), which should not only be refined and have the bugs worked out, but the demand won't have the prices up at MSRP still. Figure that the first year of production, the cars will go like hotcakes to the salivating enthusiasts so demand will be high. Then the second year the cars will go to the others who saw the enthusiasts out driving and said to themselves "I want one." So you still have HIGH demand in the second year too.

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