First and foremost, be warned that when an M3 breaks, the repairs can quickly add up. This is a drivers car, it asks a lot of you (stiff clutch, low floorpan, long doors, etc.) so getting in and out, plus driving it around the city is certainly more of a chore than, say, an Honda Civic automatic. But once you are ensconced in the cockpit, be ready to grin and say to yourself many times "I can't believe I just pulled that maneuver" or "watch this!". Truth is, the car doesn't weigh all that much by todays standards, so even with only 240 HP at the crank, this car will scoot quickly. Great lowend torque, but drops off quickly. Rear drive differential makes high speed cornering very easy
Excellent handling, point the car and it simply redirects. great weight balance with acceptable behavior at limit. Capable brakes to slow you down should you overextend yourself Harmon Kardon stereo is fantastic! Exterior dimensions/gross vehicle weight are perfect for city traffic, very very zippy
My M3 has more electrical gremlins that I can count. Beware the automated climate control & computer display, these break often. Taut suspension can cause rattles if you constantly traverse crummy Los Angeles surface streets like I do, less body flex needed. And yes, teeny cupholders are poor....
I purchased my 1996 M3 five years and about 65,000 miles ago. I love the way the car handles and looks but there are a few serious concerns. First, I've had three radiators in this car. The first one had the neck fall off where the upper hose connects with the radiator. A tow truck was involved. The second involved a cracked overflow tank and cracked plastic in radiator #2 - a fifty mile tow truck ride was the result of adventure. Added cooling system feature... the exploding water pump... the dealer claims that I need to replace the water pump every couple of years as the plastic impeller blades explode ...happened to me once. Over 40 grand for this?
acceleration, cornering, rattle free after 120,000 miles, holds value
stop using plastic parts for radiator and water pump... also, ditch the weak, breakaway rear shock mount design, design some rear tires that last more than 8,000 miles. Design a decent cup holder.
This car exhibits german fit and finish
accompanied by a muscular solidity that
only BMW can offer. Power is delivered
in a smooth fashion by the 3.2 litre
six. You actually feel like you are a
part of this vehicle. Take a trip to
Dinan Engieering to boost your M3 to
another level of performance...
Engine, braking, styling, one touch
The '96 M3 will be a classic... today,
it is a performance masterpiece.
While engines continue to get larger
on today's standard coupes, none
compare with the M3's supperior
suspension and overall handling...
truly a wonderful piece of engineering.