It's a 2003 six-speed M3 with 103 000 km that had never been winter driven. It's fully loaded (except for the navigation system) and features aftermarket 19" Beyern wheels, a Magnaflow exhaust, Eibach Pro Kit springs and a K&N induction kit. It also features tinted corner lights, tail lights and windows, all of which I am not too fond. The dealer inspection turned up very few issues and I bought the car. It also came with the OEM 18" wheels.
What can I say about this car: it's simply amazing. I remember thinking the first time I drove one of these cars that if you had to have one car to do everything, this would be the one. The level of luxury is better than any car I have ever owned (which is unsurprising, as I've never really owned a luxury car) and the performance is amazing. Also, the comfort level is surprisingly high, despite the stiff suspension and chassis. The quality of the interior is better than on the 2006 325 I went to look at a couple of days ago. For roughly the same price as a 325i of the 2006 and up generation, I got an older generation M3. I think it was worth it to go a bit older to get the car I really wanted. Besides, the mileage is the same as the 2006 and newer cars I was looking at.
My first priority was obviously to winterize the car. After finding out that many wheel-tire combinations that I was considering would not fit, I decided to simply buy four similar tires and use the 18-inch OEM wheels. I lucked out by picking up some slightly used 245-40-18 Gislaved winter tires yesterday and got them installed. I actually prefer the look of the OEM wheels to the Beyern's. The car seems as if it will be easy to drive in winter, thanks to the great weight distribution, the Dynamic Stability Control and these cool tires. Alex is excited, even though she hasn't seen the car yet.
On the first night I brought the car home, I realized one of the two remote keys did not work. Fortunately, I found information on the web about how to reprogram a key which allowed me to fix it myself. Today, I installed some nice Rubbermaid winter mats. I had to cut the driver side one to accommodate the floor-hinged gas pedal, and, if I do say so myself, it looks pretty sharp. The final step will be to get an anti-rust treatment done in the next few days.
In other news, I participated in the "Noel du Pauvre" charity run in Trois-Rivières on Friday. Last year, I ran the whole day without taking any breathers in the bus that follows the runners (for those who need a break) to run a total of 72 km. This year, I was not able to go the distance. By lunch time, we had run 31 km. After lunch, I had pain on the side of my knee that would simply not go away (actually, it went away for a while after I tightened up the laces on my right shoe, as recommended by Nolin). By then, I had realized that there was no way the group was going to beat the mark of 72 km set last year, as there was too much time being spent stopping to raise funds (which, of course, is the whole point of the event!). I ended up quitting at the 43 km mark and sitting in the bus for the final two hours. The group managed 12 more kilometers, to reach a total of 55. Our little group of 20 or so runners raised 17 000 $ to fight poverty (compared to 18 000 $ last year). The day was fun, but not as fun as last year, when Alex was very efficiently driving the sweeper vehicle and the group managed more periods of serious running. I regret not being able to finish, but I don't regret stopping when I did, as my knee feels almost 100 % only two days after the event.
News of Alex:
Alex will be back for good on Wednesday! I can't wait! A guy can only spend so much time alone watching TV and eating pizza.
Cool cars spotted: