1996 BMW M3 Consumer Review: great driver but a few serious
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1996 BMW M3 - Consumer Review

1996 BMW M3

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great driver but a few serious flaws
By David M. on

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1996 BMW M3 2dr Coupe

Review

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?

Best Features

acceleration, cornering, rattle free after 120,000 miles, holds value

Worst Features

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.
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