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Thanks for sharing. Cool interview.
Guy on the left is so awkward in front of the camera he's almost hard to watch. Same with their bearded host as well that did the Koenigsegg interview.
E46 M3 was high up on my list of cars to get. After owning the MINI for over a year (one of the longest time I've ever held on to a car), I think I will start looking at E46 M3's again.
The simple point of the car industry is unfortunately money talks. If people want the tech and it serves the manufacturer's purpose of marketing and making things bigger and better to push sales then they have no choice but to oblige. Imo, the Ferrari Enzo was really a car that changed a lot of things in that respect from being equipment that was hit or miss and still somewhat experimental to now it's a case in point of being done at such a level that the rest of the industry needs to follow suit.
The E46 M3 I think is still my favorite M3 by far. The looks inside out are still great when in OEM/good condition and the NA I6 makes it such an emotive machine. Unfortunately finding clean ones with a manual are becoming more and more difficult.
As for Chris Harris' opinion, I disagree with him: The E90 M3 with 6-speed manual is the most complete package.
He also got really giddy while driving a pre-production FR-S, which is part of the motivation behind the Car Lounge's obscene fascination with an underpowered Japanese car (which, admittedly, I also really like).
That's really all you need to know.
2000 BMW M Roadster - 5-speed
2005 Lotus Elise - 6-speed - R. I. P.
2012 Mini Countryman S - 6-speed
2013 Subaru Crosstrek XV - 5-speed
2013 Honda Civic LX Sedan - Nannymobile
As for his opinions on the E46 M3, having driving one I can understand what he is saying. There are sport cars that can do certain specific things better than the M3 but the M3 just does everything so well. He has drive extensively countless of sport cars and came to conclusion.
having seen that video you can get a sense of why Harris loved and the FRS so much. It's a car which embraces everything he loves about cars. Anyways I do agree that the E46 M3 is probably one of the best all around driver's car of the last 20 years, but good condition examples are very hard to find nowadays.
Let him play with an E92 M3 V8 for a while and see his new "opinion". Also the E92 is significantly more reliable than the E46 in its first years.
2007 E90 AW 323i Step | Lowered 1.25"/1" | BMW Performance Exhaust | PBX | Debadged | Scangauge II | Style 162 18" & 161 17" wheels & rear 15mm spacers
The B5 RS4 was good because it just was - aside from a crashing suspension and slightly numb steering, it was functional without an electronic nannies and choices. The B6/7 RS4 sorted out the steering, the brakes and the suspension, and was straight forward. The current RS4 is too tech-oriented. A multitude of choices for steering and throttle response - why?
I agree with his assessment of the RS4, and then his choice of the C63.
He's a real guy that loves cars, can drive very well, and will give a honest opinion of the driving experience, telling you how the car should be driven and what to expect when driving it. He enjoys his job a lot, which I appreciate, and his enthusiasm makes his reviews that much better. His opinion of the FRS is one shared by every enthusiast who isnt a blind fool. Its a small front engine, rear drive, sports coupe thats inexpensive and not dangerously fast. Whats not to love? Even if you hate the thing, you can't deny what it's about. Fun driving.
Chris Harris and Tiff Needell are two of my favorite reviewers. They both convey the magic that some of us feel when driving exiting cars.
The E90,92 M3 is the most complete, most capable, and probably most compelling model to date. But in the similar way that people call the 997 and 991 better cars but the 930, 964, and 993 better 911's I think the same is sort of true for the M3.
SMG Pump failure
no interior volume
The inspection I and II's are 1100 and 1400 respectively and are called for every 30 and 60k
Oil changes are 100, just in parts.
Bushings and such wear out quickly
tires get about 8-10k miles out of a set of rears and roughly double that from the fronts.
Lower Control Arm Bushing Failure
Rear Differential Mount Failure
Tie Rod Wear
Worn or Blown Shocks and Struts
Worn or Failed Swaybar Endlinks
Torn or Cracked Transmission Mounts
Water Pump Failure
Cracked Radiator Necks
Electric Fan Failures
Fan Clutch Failure
Power Steering Lines
on and on and on!!!
average maintenance cost to maintain is 5k per year!!! YOU MIGHT AS WELL BUY A 911!!!
The fly cannot be driven away by getting angry at it.