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Old 12-03-04, 08:17 PM   #1
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It was fun, but not worth the dough IMO
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Old 12-03-04, 08:34 PM   #2
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Nice car. So how do you like your STi over the M3? Also whereabouts are you in Toronto? I'm just over in Ajax myself.
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Old 12-03-04, 08:35 PM   #3
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ahhh M3, I almost bought one myself. How many miles did you put on her?
Congrats on the STI! Good move.
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Old 12-03-04, 08:58 PM   #4
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Congrats,
Get some snows on and let hope the white stuff comes soon!
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Old 12-03-04, 10:16 PM   #5
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Just curious, what year was your M3, how many miles did it have, and how much did you sell it for? My best friend is obsessed with the M3 & is looking at buying one. Any feedback on likes/dislikes about the car is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-04-04, 07:18 AM   #6
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Digitalfriend - I'm up in Unionville, not too far from Ajax.

M3 was an 03 and I sold it with 30,000km for about $70,000 Canadian.

My impressions are that the STi is more of a "point and shoot" car. It steers faster, it's louder, you shift more...great car for driving hard around the city....and I'm looking forward to driving it in the snow. Still getting used to the tire noise, inevitable squeaks and rattles, poor stereo and lack of power seats (the M3 spoiled me with those)

The M3 is the ultimate long trip car - it has the best seats and ergonomics of anything I've ever driven. The interior is stunning - evertything you need is right at your fingertips. It has power to spare in every gear and it makes great music when you wind it out. It is easy to get it sideways but the DSC will keep you on the road unless you really get it wrong...and it was a sleeper, which the STi insn't

My negative impressions of the M3
The gearing is long so to wind it out you end up far, far on the wrong side of the law; the throws on the shifter are way too long, the STi shifter is much better...not a lot of fun to drive in the winter, even with proper snows..you need to keep it fully tanked up or the back end can get loose in snow. Cornering is 'slow in-fast out' so I find I can drive the STi harder into corners. The M3 tramlined a lot with the 19's and my winter 18's. I got a lot of diff wine in the hot weather (common issue) and as some may know, the M3 engine is fragile - mine was recalled for a rebuild right after I sold it.

I would love to have the M3 if I lived near the Autobahn.

Overall, really enjoying the STi and looking forward to driving it in the snow.
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Old 12-04-04, 09:10 AM   #7
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Your comments regarding the gearing is interesting. There are times when I very much miss the ratios in my WRX 5-speed. But other times when I love always having the perfect 6-speed ratio ready to exit a corner.

Oh well, I suppose no gear set is perfect for all conditions.
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Hey Kris, not trying to turn this into a M3 vs STi debate, but I am curious as to how you find the power of the STi compared to the M3? Therefore, do you find the STi accelerates more quickly in the lower gears? What about at higher speeds (say 100km/h+)? I'm curious because I'll probably never get to drive a M3 and I've always like them.
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The STi feels faster off the line...I think it is borne out in car mag clutch burning 0-60 tests...but it is very close. The M3 is definatley faster above 100km/h, hands down...all you need to do is put in in sport mode and drop a gear and that car flies...but then the next time you look up your doing 200km/h

I have not been in a tuned STi but my sense is that another 40-50 hp would make it a killer
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