(aside : it's very hard for me to tell if this is actually a rational decision on my part; I've been working a lot trying to finally finish Oodle, and my brain gets into this weird state when I've been crunching a lot where I decide that I "need to do" something, and then only much later do I realize that it was only the mania of Work Mode that made me think I had to do that. Usually at some point during a big Work Mode marathon I'll decide that I need to buy a bunch of random things to "improve" some situation, like I'll go buy a bunch of AFCI breakers and replace the breakers in my panel, and at the time I "had to do that", and weeks later I'm like "WTF did I do that for?". In Work Mode everything becomes either a hassle that I don't want to deal with right now (such as "relaxing" or "socializing"; that shit is definitely priority level 3) or stuff that gets put on the todo list and just knocked out, even if it's actually super unimportant (eg. writing this blog post). Anyhoo.)
The problem is that E46 M3's around here seem to be cursed.
(That's aside from the very big curse that BMW themselves put on the car by making a rear subframe that literally rips right out of its attachment points in the folded sheet metal body) (and ignoring the major curse they put on the engine but fixed by recall). (this is way off topic, but folded sheet metal is one of the great fucking shitty garbage innovations of the last 20-30 years; it used to be that something like a heater grate or a metal toolbox was *cast*, now they're almost always folded, and folded metal fucking sucks balls, it's so much worse, it has weak points at the folds, it has sharp edges, it's ugly, it just reeks of cheapness, we've really gone way backwards on the quality of basic goods, but anyhoo).
So first of all, something like 75% or more of the M3's I see for sale are optioned in some retarded way that rules them out for me. Lots of them are fucking automatics; no thank you. Then a whole god damn mess of them are convertibles.
WTF is wrong with people who buy convertible sedans. If you want a fucking convertible, BMW makes a great one, and you can even get it with the same exact damn engine as the E46 M3, it's called an M Roadster and it's a perfectly good car. Don't take the roof off a sedan. A convertible M3 is in the same family as this :
(in the sense that they contribute to the ugliness of the modern world; concrete block walls, plant beds that are just fields of bark mulch, and convertibles that should never have been convertibles, all vomit-inducing).
Then you get all the bizarro interior colors; white leather, red leather, blue leather !? WTF are you thinking? You're not Liberace, no your "cinammon" interior does not look cool, you are not remotely pulling it off. Leather can only be black or brown unless you are a glam rocker or a stripper.
Okay, so now that we're reduced to the set of cars I could possibly buy - then the E46 M3 Curse takes over.
The Curse says that every E46 M3 around here is either wrecked, or has been "improved" by some suburban Wigger who has "dropped" or "blakt out" or "stanced" or "hella-flushed" the car, thereby ruining it.
It's kind of funny, so many have been wrecked; clearly RWD + Seattle rain is a great recipe for smashing up
M3's. The ads just try to slip it in like it's no big deal. Most of them start with "great condition!"
and end with "oh, BTW, it was totalled". For example (I haven't even been saving the most hilarious examples
of these ads, these are just the ones that happen to be up today) :
2005 BMW M3 6 speed Coupe, Black with black leather interior. 62kmiles.
Heated drives seats, CD, AM/FM, Sun roof/moon roof, Air conditioning,
Automatic climate control, Alarm system, Memory drivers seat, Adjustble
power driver/passenger seats, Steering wheel mounted controls, Leather
steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Power mirrors, Traction control,
Cruise control, Rear defroster, Power windows, Keyless entry, clean
interior. I have more pics just text and ask for some, Salvaged title
Great car! Look at these options! (oh, BTW, it was totalled). At first when I saw an ad like this,
I thought it was a rare weirdo who was trying to pass off a salvaged car at full price as if it was no big
deal, but it's just every single one :
I am selling my 2006 BMW M3 E46 with competition package. It is
Interlagos Blue. 6 speed manual transmission. Navigation. 2 door coupe
hard top with sunroof. It is stock with 333 hp 3.2L inline 6. Leather
power seats and ipod hook up. The car has 80,000 miles on it. Just put
new brake pads on the rear. Just had the car fully detailed. Non smoker,
Premium Harman Kardon stereo. DVD based navigation. I'm selling the car
because I am getting married and need the money for the wedding. The car
has a salvaged title. It was rebuilt before I bought it in 2010. The
front right side of the car was where the damage was. Accident happened
before I bought it. Everything is fixed and works properly. I am asking
Great car! Oh by the way, totalled.
Up for sale is my m3. this car is in PERFECT condition. 6-speed manual.
there is NOTHING wrong with this car. TOO MUCH OPTIONS TO LIST. FULLY
LOADED. leather, power doorlocks, power windows, iphone/ipod USB cable..
there are NO dents or dings. there are NO tears in the seats. car has
72k. car does have a reconstructed title.
Perfect condition! Oh yeah, it was totalled.
So a totally insane percentage of the E46 M3's around here have been totalled.
And then the remainder are like this :
Which aside from meaning that I have to spend a bunch of money undoing their stupidity (putting the suspension and wheels and windows all back to stock), the aftermarket springs make the rear-subframe-rips-out-of-the-car problem much more likely, so you just can't buy these cars.
One of the things that has always slightly turned me off to E46 M3's has been the fact that they are so popular with the retarded douchebag crowd. Sadly the douchebags don't only ruin the image and mental association with a car, they also ruin the cars. So sad.
At least this d-bag (also posted recently to Seattle Craigslist) had the decency to go all the way :
I applaud you sir.