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#1 (permalink) Old 03-29-2004, 12:26 AM
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I'm considering picking one up and would like to know if there is anything in particular to look out for. I'm looking for one with about 80,000 on it. Most likely a 95.

I've heard they are reliable up until about 120,000. Is that generally true? How are they from a maintenance standpoint? Are regular maintenance and repairs doable for the general car fan?

Thanks...Any answers are truly appreciated. I'm looking forward to buying one.
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As long as the car has been properly maintained it should do much more then 120,000 miles. Normal maintenance is no problem for most people. Try to get maintenance records if possible. Most of these cars have owners that take very good care of them. Good luck and enjoy.

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Cool... That's nice to hear. Thanks.
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My car is in great shape and it is a 97 with 125k miles

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How many people here have actually seen an M3 with 4drs on the road?

how many people have actually seen an M5 on the road(if you dont own one)

im also wondering if BMW ever made an M3 for 97

is it true that 2003 is the last your for the M5

and ive seen the "K 18" emblem what does this mean?
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How many people here have actually seen an M3 with 4drs on the road?

how many people have actually seen an M5 on the road(if you dont own one)

im also wondering if BMW ever made an M3 for 97

is it true that 2003 is the last your for the M5

and ive seen the "K 18" emblem what does this mean?
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I have seen quite a few

I have a 97 M3

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ok those questons were stupid but my real question is



did BMW ever make a 4door m3 for 97 thats what i really want to know

my bad i didnt put 4 door when i asked that one 97 question but i really need to know its important
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Yeah I believe the e36 did come in a 4 door version.

Though I think they stopped making 4 door m3's because they didn't appeal to anyone anywhere except the states..

The whole world wants a fast coupe...the states want 4 doors.
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ok those questons were stupid but my real question is



did BMW ever make a 4door m3 for 97 thats what i really want to know

my bad i didnt put 4 door when i asked that one 97 question but i really need to know its important
4-door, e36 M3s were sold for two years - '97 and '98. They can be had in your price range but you will be looking at either high mileage, or specimens that are not in particularly good condition. An unmolested '98 M3 4-door with decent mileage and a manual tranny will be in the low to mid-$20k range.

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Because my dads m3 4door is pretty bad ass and its a 97 its a 5 speed he changed the black back slots and bought the 318 rear thingymabab on ebay so it doesnt look like an m3. Its got a remus exhaust so it sounds pretty awesome. not a deep v8 but more like a big fart
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the SL's are big pimpin, and i love the hard top, but you can only get them in auto trans. but maybe you were goin to get an SMG M3 anyways..just drive both and see which one you cant live without

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just for your information!! SMG II is nothing is nothing like a regular automatic. The SL's automatic is nothing like the awsome SMG tranny...

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Originally posted by remusguy@Apr 6 2004, 07:01 PM
ok those questons were stupid but my real question is



did BMW ever make a 4door m3 for 97 thats what i really want to know

my bad i didnt put 4 door when i asked that one 97 question but i really need to know its important
yes, i have driven one......very nice

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