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1997 BMW M3

   
 
BMW M3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 1997 BMW M3

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  • Pros

    Great steering, top-notch suspension, and nice exterior styling.

  • Cons

    Spartan interior and cramped passenger compartment.

  • What's New for 1997

    To the delight of sports car enthusiasts who need the practicality of four doors, BMW releases a sedan version of the M3. Identical to…

 
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Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (12 total reviews)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Fun car but better be

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW M3 4dr Sedan

I have put SEVERAL thousand dollars into repairs into this car over the last months. If you can't do the work yourself expect to sink lots of bucks into it!




Everything i'd hoped it would

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW M3 4dr Sedan

I've owned my M3 for 5+ years now and couldn't be happier with her. I haven't had any major problems with her. You do have to replace basic wear items if you expect these old cars to drive like they're intended to*. I still enjoy every moment I'm behind the wheel of this car. The aftermarket is full of options to keep the E36 driving as good or better than new. *items like bushings that would need to be replaced on any car, but the average person driving their Corolla into the ground doesn't typically care about these items or getting optimal handling out of their daily driver.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

1997 bmw m3 sedan

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Vehicle: 1997 BMW M3 4dr Sedan

1st new car I ever bought & still own 12 years later, tracked it when under warranty, only issues was brake rotors & too much restriction in power steering boost. STOCK SUSPENSION WAS SHOT AFTER 50,000 MILES, went to turner ms bilstein sport/h&r sport springs. Never looked back. Re-did rear this year. Under bilstein warrenty. Issues were blown head gasket @105,000 miles, rebuilt rear axles@ 115,000 & VANOS @ 95,000& lower control arms @ 90,000 all par for the course, mobile one only in engine, trans, rear & power steering 25 mpg.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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Full 1997 BMW M3 Review

What's New for 1997

To the delight of sports car enthusiasts who need the practicality of four doors, BMW releases a sedan version of the M3. Identical to the coupe in virtually every respect, the 1997 BMW M3 sedan is available with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Note that the coupe is no longer available with the automatic.

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