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    Hi all, new to the forum, am looking for a new passion now I am finished with Porsche having suffered a typical catastrophic engine failure on my late 996. I was totally obsessed with 911's mostly drawn by the unique handling but my confidence in the legendary Porsche engineering has evaporated - wait and see how many 996 and 997 engines blow up over coming years!!! I have driven Smg E46 and Dct E90 and I like, I love the v8 engine but as the M3 I will buy is a third car I need opinions on whether to blow £25k plus on an E90 or nearer £10k on the E46... Or can a CSL justify its higher value??? Buying price is not the main issue, residual values and cost of overall ownership is what I balance against driving enjoyment , both editions look equally appealing! I assume insurance will be in same ball park as for 911's? I want a clutch less version- which variant should I plum for.
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    The csl would be my choice simply because they are a bit more exclusive than a standard m3 thus will not
    depreciate in the same way if at all, not forgetting that they are lighter and quicker as for the nickable v8 m3
    it will lose money quicker than you can say runflats. imo and welcome to BF
     
     

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    Cheers Doblo, CS worth the extra cash over m3? Csl's nearly as dear as v8...
     
     

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    CS generally regarded as a good compromise

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    If you have the money and can cherish it, the CSL would be my choice. When I say cherish, I don't mean wrap up in cotton wool but not do too many miles a year etc. The CSL will hold it's value far better than the standard E46 or the V8's. I would now be wary of anything other than a standard very late run std E46 M3 due to subframe scare stories - BMW do appear to be repairing std cars with good history up to 10 years old (spot the irony here - I have an 9 year old E46 M3 haha).

    If you aren't bothered with a few k falling off the value over a couple of years, the V8's are lovely cars and edge the E46 in terms of performance etc. I also agree with the CS comment above but will never be as outright special (or expensive) as the CSL.


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