BMW E46 M3 vs C32 AMG Mercedes, Lets start this by pointing out this is not a virtualization post. Its about my other favourite and passionate topic, CARS. I have been wondering about which is best, and which one would I buy, an E46 M3 or a C32 AMG. This post is mainly for me to understand the differences between the two cars, and hopefully get some responses from owner of both, or either.
Lets start off this thought process, I have owned three BMW’s and one Mercedes in my lifetime so far. All of the BMW’s I have loved, (330 CI Clubsport, 325D M Sport Tourer, X3 SE), but my experience with the Mercedes was not good (a C220CDI Avantgarde). I think the experience of the Merc was more about me than the car. Nothing went wrong, but I went from a BMW 330CI Clubsport with 240+BHP to an old mans Merc C220CDI 150BHP. It was boring and limp, and had no excitement value whatsoever. Hence my reluctance to thing about another Merc, even though the AMG is a different beast to a C220CDI.
Lets look at the stats, that always helps doesnt it…
E46 M3 vs C32 AMG
Stats provided from wikipedia (as always)
So on paper the M3 looks less powerful with less torque but still faster over 0-60 and 1/4 mile. So what am I thinking about then? M3 all day right…
Well this is my dilema, so the M3 is a really nice looking car, but everywhere you drive people know you have an M3, not a bad thing, but can be a problem in car parks etc. Also the M3 only has two doors, and I have a family. The Mercedes has 4 doors, and is more practical, and is an auto, which is great for every day driving.
Would I notice the difference between the two every day? I am not sure, on a track I imagine I would, but for everyday use, I dont know.
My other concern is that the Mercedes comes from a time when they had a bad reputation for reliability, and as most of these cars are now 70k+ miles, how much will it cost in the long run? I dont know.
So I still cant decide looking at the stats. On the one hand, everything says get the M3, but something in me thinks the AMG would be awesome. It really is a wolf in sheeps clothing, sat at the lights everyone would think you were an old boy, until…
So as you can tell, I am still none the closer to making a decision. If these were new cars I would simply have the dealerships let me use one for the day and decide, but that isn’t an option.
I am interested to see what anyone else thinks. Do you have an M3 or an C32 AMG and what do you like/dislike, or even better, do you own both?
Answers on a postcard please 🙂