1996 BMW M3 Consumer Review: Asks much of you, but very rew

1996 BMW M3 - Consumer Review

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Base Coupe (3.2L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Asks much of you, but very rewarding...
By sirimiri on


1996 BMW M3 2dr Coupe


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

Best Features

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

Worst Features

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....
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