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Old 02-10-2005, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Considering my dream car is 1998 M3 sedan, I'm thinking about getting one. My V6 Mustang isnt quite the right car for me. I have a couple questions though. Would 2002 (or whenever they switched body styles) M3 Coupe rims fit on it, and would it be possible to switch out the steering wheel for a newer M3 wheel (the only thing that isnt beautiful about those cars is that ugly steering wheel) And what would you expect a 1997-1998 with 50,000-60,000 miles (if i can find one) would run me?

Oh, and finally, what do they run in the 1/4 and how much like sex is driving one?
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Considering my dream car is 1998 M3 sedan, I'm thinking about getting one. My V6 Mustang isnt quite the right car for me. I have a couple questions though. Would 2002 (or whenever they switched body styles) M3 Coupe rims fit on it, and would it be possible to switch out the steering wheel for a newer M3 wheel (the only thing that isnt beautiful about those cars is that ugly steering wheel) And what would you expect a 1997-1998 with 50,000-60,000 miles (if i can find one) would run me?

Oh, and finally, what do they run in the 1/4 and how much like sex is driving one?
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Well I just got my 98 M3 sedan last Sept. I love it. Its my first BMW. Before this i had a 94 v6 Camaro! Ha! Well anyway I am out of college and working now so i can finally make money and pay for it.


I am almost positive you can make the new M3 rims fit...not sure about 19" wheels though, it might be tight. I originally wanted to do that, but I saw them on an E36 and it looked weird. The original rims fit the car nicely.

Yeah you can switch the steering wheel from what i understand. It will cost you about $300 bucks though. I saw a 3-spoke one from a 99 M3 on eBay, had the m badge on it...$350.

When i bought my car it had 62K. I paid $21K. It has extras though, like Dinan CAI...AC schnitzer spoiler... Also it is like brand new. Interior is perfect. Silver on black by the way.


Dont know about racing times...i dont do that. I just burn a Honda or two every now and then when they think they are cool.

Hope that helps.
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from what i hear the honda ricers always go for the M3 sedans because they think that theyre false-badging ricers too. I thought the first M3 sedan i saw was a ricer, untill he beat me by about a mile, and some research introduced me to the M3 sedan.

Oh, and some more questions:
What are the differences between same year 3 series sedans and the m3s? I know its a larger I-6 with more power, but is it a completely different engine, or just stroked/bored? Cams, forged pistons? Both aluminum block right?

What are the suspension differences? Larger wheels on m3, better suspension, but how? Just springs/shocks, or are there bigger differences?

Drivetrain differences? How much torque is the M3 tranny rated to, and same with the rear end? I'd like to know my tranny and rear end arent going to snap at the track like ford's are renound to.
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Well honestly i dont know the answers to a lot of that. I know it has different rear, side, and front body parts (ground effects), i dont know what the correct terminolgy is.

The engine is definitely different. Says "M Power" on it. 3.2 V6...328i is a 2.8.

The rear tires are wider than the front and camber out a bit more. Stripes on the seats, colored stitching on the steering wheel.

Let me put it this way...i was convinced that i wanted a 2000 or newer 3 series, but then i test drove this 98 M3 sedan and had to have it. No comparison.

You'll have to get someone else to answer your racing questions. My question to you is, if you plan to race it, what the hell do you want an auto for????
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the e46 m3 rims will only fit if they are the 18's from the front. not the rear. the outset will not fit.. there are some m3's running around with over 500whp and they are on stock driveline (not auto), because like to upgrade to a lower gear ratio diff also. anymore questions PM me
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yeah, i definetly would never want an auto. Unless for some reason i had an SUV.
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Well honestly i dont know the answers to a lot of that. I know it has different rear, side, and front body parts (ground effects), i dont know what the correct terminolgy is.

The engine is definitely different. Says "M Power" on it. 3.2 V6...328i is a 2.8.

The rear tires are wider than the front and camber out a bit more. Stripes on the seats, colored stitching on the steering wheel.

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most of the above is correct except that the 3.2 is not a V it is an inline 6. i had a 325i before i bought my M3 and the diferences are quite pronounced. the suspension is much tigheter as it is a sport suspension. The ride is smoother and the exceleration is noticibly different. My M3 throws you back into the seat when you get on er. The tires as started above are different with a 225/45/17 in the front and 245/40/17 in the rear. The seats are different in comfort as well. Remember the M is the top of the line for the series. the sound systems are different with the M using the HK system in it. the compression ratio is 10.5 and the stroke is 3.53 in with a bore of 3.40 in. the M also includes the ASC which is not in the normal 3 series. the body is slightly different in kit. the front, rear and side moldings are different with the 325 using the same or similar side skirts. overall the M3 is superior to the 325 in lots of ways. you almost feel as though you are piloting the M3 not driving a 3 series. i traded my 3 series for my M and wouldn't go back. hope this helps. oh yeah i got my M3 with 57K on it for 18K from BMW.

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