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Old 07-26-2004, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everybody, I'm brand new to this forum, as a matter of fact, brand new to the BMW world. I just need some help with what year/vers. M3 would be good to start off with. I'd greatly appreciate a little bit of facts, advice, pro's & con's of owning one, etc. Thanks in advanced.
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- if your going to tune the a lot go for the 1995 m3
-e46 m3's have highly tuned engines already, hp is harder to get... but you would have 333 starting out
-turbo
-1995-99 is the e36 m3... good price and not too old
-1997-98 the m3/4 (4 door m3)

pros: (e36)
-handles well
-brakes well
-light, quick
-not too expensive
-easy to find mods for
-great engine
-good stock susp. / steering

cons:
-needs rebuild for major tuning
-old(er)
-usual wear/tear
-0-60 is not as fast as some but good for the money

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oh ya and prices:
E36 M3's
Range from $11,000 to $28,000
$11,000 - 120,000 miles, 1995
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$28,000- 20,000 miles 1999

depends on what your choice is but this is an average nice choice:
1995 BMW M3, 60,000 miles $16,000
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Thanks for the help Skawful. Your advice makes me want to look further into the '95 M3. Before, I was thinking that a '97 would be a good choice. Is there any particular difference(s) other than the pricing? Thanks

And, I'm planning to have the M3 as a second car, would a '95 still be a good choice for that? Thanks
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