I might get flamed for saying this......
I own an 02 325xi and an 02 M3.
Honestly, for a daily driver I enjoy the 325xi better. It seems much more quiet and well mannered. Less rattles and vibrations.
I know I sound old right? I'm only 36yo and also have a pristine E30 M3, so I do know how an M car should feel. I love the rawness of a proper M car and on summer Fridays or weekends the E46 M3 is a great car for sure...fun lively and raw. But do I want that as a daily commuter / baby hauler / grocery getter.....not really. The 325 works great for that and still manages 25 to 28 mpg.
That's why the badge is on the right rear corner (along with the battery). It's there to compensate for the weight of the driver and keep the car's polar moment of inertia within acceptable specs.Your badge on the trunk is also different, if you get a "M3" the badge only has 2 digits, but if you have a "328i", it has 4 digits, so the extra 2 digits make a difference in the cars weight, by getting a M3, the car is much lighter therefore is faster!
Don't matter how it will feel. Can you handle the maintenance and insurance? That is all that matters.:tsk:After owning a 99 328i sedan. Now i have sold the car and I am looking at an e46 m3 will it feel the same as my 328i? I need some opinions.