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Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Well yesterday I broke down..... My last hope was a 2003 Sterling Grey locally here in Central Florida on Autotrader. After numerous emails the owner finally replied saying it was sold as it should have. Recent maintenance, very well written ad, and right in the sweet spot. 100,000 miles asking $18,000. Being the proverbial last straw and since I've been literally without a car since December while bumming rides off my wife to work, the reality of finding a e39 and daily driving it quickly evaporated. Truth be told, what I needed was a long distance hauler that's relatively reliable for work, (compared to a 17 year old car) that gets right up to speed with modern technology.
I ended up pulling the trigger on a CPO 2016 Silverstone F80 M3. Fully loaded with a 6 speed manual. After test driving numerous cars the F80 has been the closest modern car I could get to replicate my old e46's hands on organic feeling. Even the 2750 RPM's at 78 mph in 6th gear matched my old 330ci. Driving home from Ft. Lauderdale last night with my wife following me in her 335i we we're both relieved that at least I have my own car again!
That being said, I'll still get an M5 one day and the hunt isn't over, but for now I won't be relying on a 17 year old car 100 percent of the time
while it's on jacks all weekend.
Finally in the M club and I'll be back,
Good choice for daily driver duties! You won't regret missing the on-going issues you'd have with running an older car as daily driver...if nothing else, you'd likely have a long list of needs, right off the bat, for most cars you'll find on the market.
The F80 is a great car and will likely be seen in a different light now that they are out of production. The G80 appears to be coming only in neutered form with its RWD 6MT (i.e. the "pure" version), so BMW seems to be purposely closing the door on 6MTs by only providing the much lower powered M3 that way. The only other option is going to be AWD and 8 speed true automatic to get the 500hp S58.
This whole future plan of BMW's make the thought of an F80 ZCP 6MT intriguing...
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