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    M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    Well, first of all hello to you Caddy drivers.

    Lets get to it. I curently have a S2000 AP1, which is my leisure car. And I enjoy every bit of driving of it. But for personbal reasons a nice 4 seater may be more practical. So I started looking at 4 door performance sedans for DD instead. Drove CTS-V, friends 01 M3 Vert, and started thinking: what should I get?

    First thoughts:

    S2000 - Current car is fantastic. No slower then a M3 in many ways, but much more exciting. Cons: 2 seater, probably easier to crash since it has no traction control.

    M3 - Nice detail, great looks, plenty fast, traction control may save my ass one day. More upscale vibe. Cons: boring in comparison (sorry). Fear of maintenance cost (tell me otherwise)

    CTS-V - Interior is ok, but way to much plastic, ok by my stadards. 4 doors, torque, and a Z06 motor. Cons: it too is a bit boring. do those rear diffs break from normal driving? (I have a GMC Sierra truck and it has givem me 60K plus of worry free driving. As well as few other GMC vehicles in the past)

    So, am I in the ballpark in my assumptions about CTS-V? Any thought? Pro's and con's?

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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    "BORING?????" PSSSSH i take offense to that, and its entirely untrue.

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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    Please dont take offence. I am just speaking my mind. CTS-V very, VERY, fast. But it does that in a very smooth way that takes away from a rush.

    Again, I have very limited experince with driving one. Just a first impression.

    As a side note, I raced road race bikes for a few years, hence any car lacks the adrenaline rush for me.


    Again, accept my apology. I found CTS-V on top of a very particular list. Its truly a great car.

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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    M3 only if its a new one, maintenance will be costly after the warranty expires. I would take my GTO's over the older ones any day. CTS V is definitely not boring and best of all most do not know its potential. This is my 1st CTS V and I would recommend it. I, personally, have never been a fan of the S2000.

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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_V View Post
    CTS-V - Interior is ok, but way to much plastic, ok by my stadards. 4 doors, torque, and a Z06 motor. Cons: it too is a bit boring. do those rear diffs break from normal driving? (I have a GMC Sierra truck and it has givem me 60K plus of worry free driving. As well as few other GMC vehicles in the past)

    So, am I in the ballpark in my assumptions about CTS-V? Any thought? Pro's and con's?
    What assumptions are you talking about? You've stated your opinions of the CTS-V you drove, what do you expect us to tell you? Your opinion is not an assumption, it's your opinion.

    Any thought? No, there isn't any thought.

    This is all very confusing to me.
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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    i know quite a few people that got rid of their M3 to get a CTS-V...

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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post
    What assumptions are you talking about? You've stated your opinions of the CTS-V you drove, what do you expect us to tell you? Your opinion is not an assumption, it's your opinion.

    Any thought? No, there isn't any thought.

    This is all very confusing to me.
    Your post is equally confusing.

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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    These kinds of conversations always seem to go nowhere. Yeah, the V has a weak diff. Yeah, the interior doesn't require the demise of some Costa Rican forest. Yeah, this is boring.
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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    Nice Randy, that covers it.

    Alex, the car is very nice stock but can be made in to a real mean machine with some mods. Randy has done a lot of nice upgrades with his not leaving him much more worth doing. Mine was a lease and I really miss it. Trust me, you can't go wrong. I did have a few diffs but that was only for some whining. I drove my car very hard and enjoyed it. Do it, you won't regret it.

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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    Buy what you like. Hell have you looked into a last gen BMW M5? But the CTS-V is a nice car but I have to agree with you about the interior. Flat black plastic FTL

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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_V View Post
    So I started looking at 4 door performance sedans for DD instead. Drove CTS-V, friends 01 M3 Vert, and started thinking: what should I get?

    Since when is the M3 Vert a 4 door? Or even a sedan for that matter?

    Sounds to me you need to have the rush of an open-topped car blowing wind through your long blond hair... j/k.

    You need an Elise. Nuf said.

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    Re: M3 E46 vs CTS-V vs S2000

    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle CTS-V View Post

    You need an Elise. Nuf said.

    Good choice as well.

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