M-Series (M1, M3, M5, M6)General M-Series Discussion - If it does not fit into a more specific M Category above, please place it in here. In addition, previously archived M-Series discussion is located in this section.
Tommorow I am going to go test drive a 98 m3... its the best condition one i could find, then all the other test drives will be compared to this one... What are some common problems with m3s? And a more general question... What sounds indicate something wrong... How can I check tire life? wheel quality? anything else i should look for?
test drove it... smooth and handleing = to my 325i (go 50-50 weight! and harder springs!!) also... it was an auto so it was pretty slow... my 325 gave it a run for its money... id say about 0-60 in 8 seconds or so for the m... that was with full a/c and 110 out... disappointed kinda... but a manual m in different conditions would prolly rule...
This might be a M problem.. but I'd probably call it more of a e36 problem.... it has to deal with the vanos system... (might be a M problem because Ms are usually pushed more and see more track time I guess) but... with high mileage... and freaquent high RPMs... the vanos systems wears down... and is degraded... and you will audibly hear a ticking sound coming from the rear of the engine... and if you listen closely (take a wrench.. or something long and metel... and stick one end in your hand... and the other on one of the valve cover bolts... and put your hand with the wrench in it... to your ear.) and you can hear the inner workings of the engine... if it sounds kinda grindy... it needs some work.. it should sound like metel parts moving.. but with a sort of fluidity to it... but if you work your way to the rear valve cover bolts... you might come to find a ticking sound... thats the vanos sytem getting old. Not a big problem.. till it completly wears out.. then ... it needs changing. .... Other than that.... there are many things that are wrong with E36s as you probably and hopefully know... because I do think you own one... I'm not exactly positive.
Good Luck... Ms are fun... and I will never own another car besides one.
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