On July 28, 2014, I fulfilled a goal I had since I was 13, I bought an M3. As long as I can remember, so like 3 or 4, I had always been fascinated by methods of transportation, I loved planes, trains, and trucks, but wasn’t really into cars. That was until thanksgiving of 2003. My uncle shows up in a 2001 Alpine White M3 with a 6MT. When had gone out to eat as my dad’s parents didn’t want to cook and we had gone up to North Georgia to visit them. After dinner, my dad asked my uncle to take me for a ride in the M3. I immediately fell in love with it and knew one day I’d have to own one.
I had tried to convince my dad to get a BMW after his 1996 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT died. Wasn’t to be, he got a 2002 Buick Regal. I would have to buy the BMW myself. However, this was going to take some time before I had the means to do it. Doesn’t mean I can’t dream.
I graduated college in December of 2012, with a job. Unfortunately, that job didn’t start until September of 2013, so I still had some time to wait. When I started my career, I started looking in earnest for a car, even though I told myself I was going to wait until I had gotten my first promotion before I bought the car. Basically I had to attend an 8 week school and pass it in order to be promoted, if I didn’t pass it, I’d be let go.
Come November of that year, I see the perfect E90 M3. For some reason I wanted a sedan, I think it’s because my first car was a two door explorer and I always wished it was a four door. You always want what you don’t have. Anyways, a 2011 Alpine White M3 with a 6MT pops up on the market. I can’t wait, I have to have this.
I live in Alice Texas at the time, this car is in Houston. Not a problem, one of my pledge brothers lives in Houston. So on my off days I schedule a test drive and drive up to Houston. I get there and the salesman claims he’s busy. So he hands me the keys and is like have fun. I’m 23, did I really just get handed the keys to an M3? This can’t be real. I go on the best test drive ever. I have to own it. So I tried to buy it, but they can’t get me approved for financing. I believe it was the lack of credit history was what kept me from getting approved. I have to walk away, that hurt. So I decided to go back to my original plan I would wait.
That 8 week school I had mentioned took place in Tyumen Russia during April and May of 2014. I passed. Upon my return to the US, it was time to find an M3.
I had some specific requirements: I wanted an LCI (2009-2011) E90 with idrive, leather, and a manual and less than 30k on the clock. I wanted a white one, but I’d settle for one that wasn’t black or red. I couldn’t find one, everyone seemed meet one or two of the requirements, but not all of them. I was starting to consider E92s cause I could find some E92s with everything I wanted.
Then one day, my crew was down cause coil tubing was having issues at the well. Perfect, car shopping all day at the man camp. That’s when this grey M3 at a Porsche dealer pops up on the market; it’s everything I want, but the ad says the interior is cloth. I wait for pictures to get uploaded, it’s not cloth it’s leather. This might be the one, but I live in Corpus and the car is in Dallas. I work in the oil field and there is no way that a frac engineer could get some random days off in 2014, not with how busy we were. So I’d have to wait until my next days off.
I give the dealer a call and explain that I’m interested and that I wouldn’t be able to come view and test drive the car until next month. The dealer is like, well I really want to get the deal done before the end of July, so how about we bring the car to you, for free. Perfect, I’ll take it. Fill out the application for credit, get approved this time. Guess it helps when you’ve got 40% of the car to put down.
I had to attend training on my off days in San Antonio, so we scheduled for the car to be delivered on Sunday night.
I do some paperwork and the driver hands me the keys. I have my very own M3, I can’t believe it actually happened. I spent the night and the next morning driving it around before it was time for me to go back to work on nights.
Two years later, I’ve put 19424 mostly trouble free miles on it. I say mostly trouble free cause I had a throttle position actuator go out on me, other than that it’s been flawless. I love it, it still makes me simile to this day. Dreams do come true.