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Old 09-18-2009, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BMW M3 E36 (Euro vs US) Performance 0-60 time

Hi,

I am interested in buying a Euro M3 from Japan and shipping it over to Canada. I am trying to find the performance time on USDM M3s.

I checked on wikipedia, and it states both Euro and USDM M3s have the 0-60 time for M3s are about ~5.5 seconds.

Version Power 0-60 mph[citation needed] Top Speed
3.0 L-24v I6
Euro 210 kW (286 PS; 282 hp) 5.4 s [5] 155 mph (249 km/h)[5] (electronically limited)
U.S. 179 kW (243 PS; 240 hp) 5.6 s 137 mph (220 km/h)[6] (electronically limited)
3.2 L-24v I6
Euro 236 kW (321 PS; 316 hp) 5.2 s 155 mph (249 km/h) (electronically limited)
U.S. 179 kW (243 PS; 240 hp) 5.5 s 139 mph (224 km/h) (electronically limited)



It seems that the performance specs are kind of identical for 0-60 time. Is it worth it to buy Euro spec? Are these times correct based on your experience?

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It may have issues clearing Customs. Also, a JDM M3 may be right hand drive, and likely will have dip beam headlights canted to the left (the off side, curbside in Japan).
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Actually, the M3s in Japan are mostly left hand drive. There are a lot of imported M3s over in Canada already.
In Canada they have the 15 yr rule, so we can import a 1994 BMW M3 Euro Spec.

Thing is, the 1999 BMW M3 USDM are selling at a simliar price to the 1994 BMW M3 Euro Spec. But.. in terms of performance it seems to be the same on paper and wikipedia.

0-60 time are basically identical.

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Right, so you may have only the headlight issue to address then.
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if u want to buy a car in europe it will be much better cuz we have more stricted standards than usa .but it will cost you expensive.here in europe we look to buy a car in usa cuz its cheaper and it has almost the same spec.so i would recomend you to buy USA version cuz european is better but it will cost you more.but if u have money u can buy it!good luck,i hope helped u
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