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Thread: 10 Best drivers BMW.....EVER! Well.....not exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M0nk3y View Post
    Certainly the list of M's are in the correct order IMO. I think they got #1 right.
    Intrigued with your statement, can you expand on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsmeyer View Post
    I didn't see a link to read the article but I could see the 330 beating the M3 if it included overall buyer satisfaction.
    I think a lot of M3's were sold to people who really didn't know what they were getting into, just that they were buying "the best" 3 series and probably knocked the M for its harsh ride.

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    Judging by the title... "driver's BMW"... I would think the M3 takes the cake on that one.
    Granted, as a car to actually own and live with, all things considered, then perhaps the ZHP trumps the M3 in that department.
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    As the driver of a ZHP, 135 and an X5 4.8is, the X5 should be higher on the list: 355 hp and it handles better than most cars... In many ways it's our favorite vehicle.
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    Rob,

    I have to say that your X5 is a beast
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    As I recall when this was written it was about overall balance as a car to own and drive. The ZHP won due to that and the article clearly said if you want a track beast E46 M3 is better but not for all around use. Or something to that effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnmadd View Post
    Intrigued with your statement, can you expand on that?
    Sure.

    The M3 IMO is the best M (besides mine of course ) on that list. As you move up the M group, you lose feel and response in the car. Being able to drive the E39 and E60 Ms (as well as the E92 & E90 Ms) I can confirm that there is a HUGE difference from the E39 to E60, E46 to E90. Not to mention the cost of maintenance increases as well. I haven't driven a M6, just a 650i but the feel isn't there.

    The M5s are a slouch. Slow to move side to side, and they don't like and disruptions.


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    I am also assuming that the article takes into account the practicality of DD and maintenance and well-roundedness...
    and in that case E46 330i/ci certainly IS a worthy winner, more so in ZHP flavor.
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    Oh, is it possible we can a scanned image (or just a good pic with a camera) of the actual page of the magazine, where they have the rankings printed ? I'd like to use it as a pic for a FB post, if permitted.
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    The backdated magazine I believe is only available for purchase @ $10.00. I was gonna buy one...just cuz. Nothing online that I'm aware of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danewilson77 View Post
    I had not yet seen this one, LMAO, brilliant! It's true, I came here to get away from some of the stuff going on on other e46 forums...

    Quote Originally Posted by 328ioc View Post
    Wow never seen the Hitler video before that's great.

    I do agree with the list especially for modern bmws but i do also thinj the X5is should probably be higher than the 8ers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    That list obviously has some issues.
    There is no way on this green (and blue) earth that the M3 scores lower than a 330i. No. Way.
    Are you being serious or sarcastic? I've been an e46 owner for a LONG time, at some point I vaguely remember rigidity being rated better in the sedan as opposed to the coupe, especially if you don't have folding rear seats (like my car). So the m3 has us on power, but perhaps not on handling, maybe this is what the magazine is talking about. These tables were turned when the e9x was introduced, coupe was/is stiffer than the sedan... Either way, I still wish I had the m3's power, no doubt about that. While the e46 coupe/vert has grown on me over the years, I still prefer the FL sedan as far as looks go...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sockethead View Post
    As the driver of a ZHP, 135 and an X5 4.8is, the X5 should be higher on the list: 355 hp and it handles better than most cars... In many ways it's our favorite vehicle.
    Your swaying me to start looking for x5's again, see my comments above...

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