You Can Buy The Best BMW M3 Ever Made For Less Than Half Price

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The E92 M3 was the last truly great M3. It was BMW's analog finale before its digital overture. There was no noise enhancing fakery or torque-filling forced induction, it was good old-fashioned high-revving V8 witchcraft. Now it can be yours for much less than a new, base model BMW 4-series coupe.

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This BMW E92 M3 has a 414-horsepower V8 that redlines at an RPM that resembles a phone number. That German powerhouse is mated to a GETRAG 6-speed manual transmission which is one of the best and smoothest gearboxes ever made. In my opinion, this is BMW's naturally aspirated swan song, and what an spectacular one it is.

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This M3 looks like a barebones stripper version, which means that it has less to get in the way of your driving experience. Adding lightness is always a good thing in a car like this. It also has the added benefit of being a 1-owner, zero-accident, relatively low mileage example, with carfax history report available by the selling dealership. Although the interior and exterior color combo aren't the most desirable, it's a remarkably clean M3 for a price less than half of its original MSRP.

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The maintenance on this car is more expensive than a more pedestrian mode of transport, but not by much, and parts can be found for a reasonable price, pretty much anywhere online. It's a crazy bargain for anyone that wants top notch performance for economy car money.

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Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world's cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he's the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn't feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.

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Jim Drivas

I bought my 2009 E92 M3 in Space Gray 6 years ago. I ordered it with every option. Sure the options add some weight but with the power the car has, it's not noticeable. I've tracked mine a few times to really enjoy the car...truly amazing on the track. After 6 years I've managed to keep my M3 pristine with now only 7100 miles. It has become my weekend toy and always puts a smile on my face. I waited for the 2009 model, since it was the first year of the new updated iDrive. The car is absolutely flawless with abilities to change the shock settings (3 ways), steering settings (2 ways), throttle settings (3 ways), shift settings (11 ways), stability settings (3 ways)...all programmable into the M button on the steering wheel. Over the years I've owned an E36 M3, 3 E46 M3's, an E39 M5, and currently the E92 M3. All were fun but the E92 is the best. After adding the M Performance exhaust a few years ago, the sound of the car revving to 8500 is intoxicating. I'll probably take this car to my grave...getting closer at age 65!

I even keep the underside spotless, which is tough in rainy Oregon.

I added the 19" wheels from the Competition Package, which was not available in 2009.