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I just went through this exercise 2 weeks ago... (archive)

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Posted by Rick J - '98 ///M3 Conv on January 07, 2000 at 23:31:40:

In Reply to: Re: Would you rather have... posted by Sadler ` on January 07, 2000 at 13:22:08:

The winner was the M3 convertible - 5 speed of course. I first drove an automatic at a dealer, followed by a 5-speed M Roadster. My impressions were that the roadster was faster, but the M3 has room for more than two people. It also can hold two sets of golf clubs in the trunk. The roadster can't hold any. Finally I drove the one I bought - a '98 Cosmos black on black 5-speed M3c with only 9K miles. I was sold instantly. The 5-speed makes a big difference and the practicality of the e36 style won my wife and 10 year old boy. They are virtually non-existent at dealers. I found mine via Excite classifieds. There were about 5 M3c 5-speeds available around the country. Luckily I found the one of my dreams close to home (MD). Good luck and I can assure you that you will enjoy an M3c.

: I had the same decision to make a few months back. Both are great cars. I suggest you drive both if you haven't already. After driving both twice, the decision was for me was easy--M3c. 95% the performance of the M Roadster, completely automatic top, better quality parts and features, and lots more room for passengers and things. But be sure you drive the 5 speed M3c before you decide--the automatic is not a fair comparison. Until I drove the 5 speed M3c I was leaning towards the M Roadster. Search the M3 and Z3 archives for my questions when I was trying to decide. BTW, the M3c is all I expected and more. May be hard to find a new M3c now-it's been discontinued 'till new model. Have fun!

: Sadler

: : An M3 conv., or an M roadster? I love them both and can't decide. My wife has given me the green light!

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