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Old 07-05-2008, 01:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just could not resist breaking down and picking up an M3. I will sell my 318ti w/ 160k that runs like a champ.

My M3 was pampered with every little last service detail documented and all paperwork. He even claybarred the car once a year.

It has 88k and is a manual 1995 stock.

I wont jump on it too much but it nice to know it is there when you want it.
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Old 07-06-2008, 03:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just could not resist breaking down and picking up an M3. I will sell my 318ti w/ 160k that runs like a champ.

My M3 was pampered with every little last service detail documented and all paperwork. He even claybarred the car once a year.

It has 88k and is a manual 1995 stock.

I wont jump on it too much but it nice to know it is there when you want it.
Yeah right, good luck with that!
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the interest in my new ride. I will bring it home Thursday and post some pics. I have to admit it will be nice to have a little juice after 10 years behind the wheel of my 318ti. I loved the feel of that car and now I have a little power to go with a similar 3 series car.
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Handling, speed, everything is completely different. If you liked your 318 you will LOVE the M
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I tried to take some pics it looks alot like JohnnyB's pics in the previous reply.

Man o man what a feeling having those extra horsies under the hood. I just love this car but it is only about 60 miles with me so far.

I have a thread somewhere is some group about a little wobble in the steering at around 60 or so and I jacked it and looked for play but found none.

There will be no serious issues though, my car was babied. The previous owner suggests I keep it under 3k rpm for gas saving and engine life. That is so hard to do though.

The lux pack sure is nice with the leather and wood.
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I tried to take some pics it looks alot like JohnnyB's pics in the previous reply.

Man o man what a feeling having those extra horsies under the hood. I just love this car but it is only about 60 miles with me so far.

I have a thread somewhere is some group about a little wobble in the steering at around 60 or so and I jacked it and looked for play but found none.

The previous owner suggests I keep it under 3k rpm for gas saving and engine life. That is so hard to do though.
Imho that is no way to drive an M car. If you are going to stay under 3k rpm you should have just kept the 318. You aren't even in your powerband until 4k-4.5k rpm. I think you should drive it like you stole it!
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Imho that is no way to drive an M car. If you are going to stay under 3k rpm you should have just kept the 318. You aren't even in your powerband until 4k-4.5k rpm. I think you should drive it like you stole it!
I drive mine and shift mine at 3k rpm 98% of the time...its just something that happens to you after a while of owning nothing but fast cars. You arent proving it to anyone anymore, you just are satisfied knowing you CAN go fast, so you don't have to all the time.

The people who always redline are just borderline ricers, IMO. Its the mentality, not the car.

Grats on the car purchase man, I love my 95. Everyone who sits in a 95 wants one. 4 of my close friends now own e36's because of it.
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I shift before 3-3.5k about all the time as well to save gas (i average 24-25mpg if i drive that way carefully) and prolong engine life.

That doesnt mean I dont redline it at least once everytime I take it out though... just feeling that explosion of acceleration and the raw power is something I need to experience when I take out my car. The handling I know is fantastic shifting at 3k or not, but the power... Mmm....
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It is not an everyday driver for me and I hope to keep it below 5,000 miles per year.

The styling of this car is just beautiful in my opinion and the leather interior is very comfortable.

Yes it is a little rough around the edges, especially with the rigid suspension.

I have a theory that your general health is mirrored by the health of the vehicle you drive. I am so glad I did not get an automatic.

It would have been just like (gulp) castration.
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OK OK - first off - WHERE ARE THE PICTURES!?? And secondly, Who drives a BMW (Let alone an ///M?!) at lower than $3K RPM?? I babied mine and kept it under 4500 RPM until the first 1500 miles and barely made it through the "granny-shifting" period! This is not about balls or ricer, this is about the fact that BIMMERS WERE MADE TO BE DRIVEN HARD - this is a quote form my dealer service tech before the days of mods. The gas milage is also another BS issue IMO, as especially if it is not a daily driver, the car is by definition a PLEASURE car, and she wants to run and run free! Give her the workouts she was born for! That red stripe in the M logo denotes her racing heritage - DO NOT DENY HER HER NATURAL BIRTHRIGHT! If you plan to "baby" the car by driving it as described, you are not babying it, you are in facrt doing a disservice to the car and yourself. No one is saying you have to go to the track if that's not your thing, but if you are an enthusiast, then for heaven's sakes man - be ENTHUSED! Run - run free! STEP ON THE GAS GRANDMA....YOUR MIGHTY E36 IS WAITING ON YOU TO TAKE HER FOR HER WORKOUT...
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my e30's pushing 20 years old...and I can't think of the last time I shifted before 4k....even stop n go granny driving is at 4k. And she runs like a champ...
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Now I feel like a "Nancy Boy". I only was saying the previous owner babied the car. I know how to put the pedal to the metal.

How do you add a pic to the post. I went down and took one this morning to try and send it and will send it with a post as soon as I know how.
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