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Which to keep? Turbo or E30 m3?

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Time has come for me to part with one of them. Which should I keep and why? I would like some opinions. Many thanks.

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That's a very tough call. It's like asking myself do I want to give up my left nut or my right nut.

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I can't help. I won't part with my e30. Its a 318is, not an M3. Good luck man.

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Need more info. What is the condition of both etc. I would say if they are both legit and in equally good shape keep the turbo as it's probably worth more.

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No Brainer, keepem both, its a nice lick to say u have a collection, i do

DBMW2002

97 328 is Artic Screamer

76 2002 Screemin Yellow Zonker

the 3 is for when u cant figure out the 2 and the 2 keeps the public wonderin

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You don't have to "part" with it. You can just keep the M3 in my garage :D I'll give her a drive every once in a while for you too.

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I'd guess the 2002 has an edge in value currently, based on rarity, age, and recent sales prices. I would be happy having either in the garage!

How many examples of the 2002 Turbos were produced?

A total of 1,672 2002 Turbos were produced. This figure includes 1,660 production versions produced from 01/74 through 10/75 and an additional 12 pre-production examples produced between 7/73 and 12/73.

How many versions of the E30 M3 were developed?

BMW Motorsport developed seven versions of the E30 M3 coupe, each with slight mechanical variations and all in left-hand drive. Four were regular production models: European-spec without catalyst, European-spec with catalyst in 195 hp (early) and 215 hp (later) forms, and North American-spec. The remaining three were limited editions known as the Evolution I, Evolution II and Sport Evolution. These were built to homologate updates to the engine and aerodynamics for racing purposes. There were also four further special editions with mainly cosmetic variations: Tour de Corse, Europa Meister 88, Johnny Cecotto and Roberto Ravaglia. In addition to the coupe, an E30 M3 convertible (see specific FAQ) was assembled by hand in limited numbers.

How many of each version were produced?

ECE (non-catalyst): 5,187 produced from 03/86 through 08/89*

ECE (catalyst/195 hp): 4,585 produced from 05/86 through 05/89**

ECE (catalyst/215 hp): 1,512 produced from 09/89 through 12/90***

NA (catalyst): 5,300 produced from 03/87 through 12/90

ECE Evolution I (non-catalyst): 505 produced 02/87 through 05/87****

ECE Evolution II (non-catalyst): 501 produced from 03/88 through 06/88

ECE Sport Evolution (catalyst): 600 produced from 12/89 through 03/90

ECE Europa Meister 88 (catalyst): 148 produced from 10/88 through 11/88

ECE Johnny Cecotto (catalyst): 480 produced from 04/89 through 07/89

ECE Roberto Ravaglia (catalyst): 25 produced in 06/89

*includes the E30 M3 Evolution I and E30 M3 Evolution II

**includes the E30 M3 Europa Meister edition, as well as six special-order cars produced in 1/90

*** includes the E30 M3 Cecotto/Ravaglia editions and the Swiss E30 M3 Cecotto edition

****includes the French E30 M3 "Tour de Corse" edition

http://www.bmwmregistry.com/

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The total number of E30 M3's produced were somwhere close to 18204, This includes all US, European, Evo's and special edition cars.

There were 1672 Turbos built total.

It would be hard to choose which one to sell. It would really depend on the condition of each car and what you really want to do with the one you keep. The M3 is a much nicer car to drive on a daily basis but in the long run the Turbo is most likely a better collectors item. If you have a low mileage original unmolested M3 it has some real collectors value. If you have a 150K mile track toy the cost to put it back to original condition will cost more than the car is worth in today's market. But then again if you have an original Turbo that has rust issues and needs a full restoration it is very easy to spend as much restoring it as it would be worth when it is done (or even more than it is worth) I just restored my turbo and know how much time and $$$ it takes.

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who is the OP? anonymous post, no FAQ profile or account. no history or background on the question.

kinda like blindly throwing out the question "Ginger or MaryAnn?"

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Hi all, sorry that I did not realize the I did not login when I post the question. To answer some of the questions, the M3 has 69K miles, mostly stock. It received bare metal repaint back in year of 2002 by Lawrence C. Was never in accident and has all original panels. Reason for repaint was the famous Salmon Silver fade, it looked aged. The rear window rust was repaird during the process. It is a very clean car with excellent interior. The Turbo is not in as good of the shape but a good driver's car nonethelss. Knowing the cost of restoration, I have no intention to restore but drive it as often as I can. The car has "no rust" to speak of. It has dogleg 5 speed, M fabric interior. It is not a show car. To all the skeptics, you can see the Turbo in the online Roundel classifieds. It is a difficult decision. Anyone want to trade a clean Tii plus cash for the Turbo?

To John in VA, how goes? Long time no see. How is Juanita? Sorry I have not been attending the events the last few years. Hope all is well!

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I would personally sell the Turbo but if you need to sell fast, the M3.

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That is a very sound advice. I do find myself driving the M3 more because it has the modern day convenience, safer to put my family in to attend car shows and it is a better driver overall. The Turbo, coolness factor being so rare but I am scare to drive it at times. I know, cars are meant to be driven.

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