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Dear Members,

I am relatively new to the Maserati fold, having owned 3 M3's previously and thinking at the time that I would drive those cars forever. Unfortunately, in my opinion the E46 M3, while enormously capable, has suffered the, "Lexusization," the industry as a whole seems to be moving towards, and was simply not as fun to drive as the E36. More on that later.

The Maserati is the antithesis of Lexus. It is always alive in your hands, tranmitting sound and vibration, and therefore information, which makes the mundane task of pulling out of the driveway each morning fun. More on M3 comparisons and reliability issues later.

With regard to the Maser's handling, I'm getting used to that as well. Thus far I don't like the initial tip/roll when turning. While it is true that once tipped the car stays planted and tracks very accurately, I would nevertheless like to reduce that tendency. Maybe it's all my M3 experience, I don't know. Has anybody had any success with aftermarket sway bars on the front? What about lowering the car? Apparently, most products, including the Leo Nardo sport springs, work only with cars equipped with Skyhook. Are there any sport springs available for use on cars without this option? What are the handling ramifications? Was ride quality significantly compromised by lowering the car? Was the initial tip in turning reduced by lowering the car?

Your thoughts on this matter are greatly appreciated.
 

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Took me a couple of weeks to really throw my spyder around corners, Now I love doing it and find the car holds the line incredibly well, Better I feel than my Boxster S did. I also traded a 2002 M3 in for my car as I felt the same as you about not much excitement with the M3 but am a little intrigued about next generation M3 with a V8. Hopefully they will do a nice body redesign also so It does not look like all the other 3 series BMW's. Sorry cannot answer your other questions as I don't know much about non skyhook changes but am sure it can be done, Just simpler if you have the skyhook
 
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