by gordy1096 on Jan 21, 2012 Vehicle: 1995 BMW M3 2dr Coupe
The E36, 5-speed manual, inline 6 is the most fun I have had behind the wheel of a car. I was amazed at how it accelerates even from a lower speed in 5th gear. It is incredibly stable at high speeds (100+ mph) and it comes to a stop on a dime. Never felt more safe and comfortable driving that fast. It shifts beautifully and is incredibly fun to drive. No major mechanical problems and I'm at 160k. Mine in avus blue & the beautifully designed exterior looks incredible - especially after I changed the yellow blinkers on the front corner, side and rear to clear lenses. I think its the best looking car on the road when you have the rear spoiler, sunroof tilted and clean wheels. Highly recommended
by Kevin on Jun 20, 2010 Vehicle: 1995 BMW M3 2dr Coupe
To start with this beautiful piece of German engineering, the E36 M3 is a gem. Of coarse coming from a person that has tested some of today's super-cars, The 1995 M3 has been my affordable choice. I purchased this car with 98k miles for an unbeatable price. The first thing I noticed was the purr of the high-performance dual-overhead camshaft S50 motor. Then as the test drive started, I was astonished how a mere 240 hp and 225 ft/lb tq could throw me into the back of the aggressively styled Vader seats. Now the previous owner didn't take the best care of this machine, and due to the negligence, I have to replace the motor, get the interior re-upholstered, etc. but no regrets.
by David on Oct 8, 2009 Vehicle: 1995 BMW M3 2dr Coupe
So they raved about this car when it hit the US and man were they spot-on! Having had Z cars, Supra's, and other BMW 3's, this car is the tops. Mine has 242,000 miles and still rocks! Love to take people at work out for lunch, then charge back into the parking lot to show off those great brakes... up to 100mph and stomp on the brakes and listen to folks shriek! Starting to think about an E46 M3, and hope to get the same results with it... we'll see... Yes that silly radiator/water pump thing is a known weak spot, true. But easy to replace every 70,000 miles and go on too. SO... the big question is... why isn't anyone making a car like this today? Currently in a CTS and it only gets 20mpg...:>(
After a three-year hiatus, the high-performance M3 makes its return midway through the life cycle of the E36 generation of BMW's 3 Series line. While its predecessor was a narrowly focused track car, this sophisticated two-door coupe is an exceptional road machine with a flexible 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline six and an imperturbable chassis. A limited slip differential and 17-inch wheels with low-profile performance tires are standard; inside, front sport seats come dressed in cloth and suede (Nappa leather is optional). Initially, the M3 is available only with a five-speed manual, but later in the model year, BMW adds an optional five-speed automatic. Additionally, buyers can opt for a luxury package that provides a less aggressive wheel design, power seat adjustments and leather and wood inlays for the door panels and console.