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1997 BMW M3

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Best handling car
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By Legendary car
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1997 BMW M3 2dr Coupe


Review

When I bought this car new in 1997, itwas the fastest BMW 0-60 (5.5 as a standard, modified to 5.3 with Confortichip, B&B Tri-Flo exhaust and Dinan air intake). It was later voted "Best Handling car in over 30K group" (beating out the Porsche, etc), Car of the year 3 years in a row, '95-'97 (Car andDriver). Maintenence is high in terms of tires, clutch, brakes and mods, but other than that, nothing major. The engine was compression tested at 110K and was like-new according to the mechanic (I recommend a small, local, specialized mechanic).


Favorite Features

You have to do something illegal while turning to feel the true handling. It feels like a suspension within a suspension. Great posi rear end allows for slick U-turns, and if you go with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, great traction and full-speed ahead!


Suggested Improvements

the plastic radiator, power sunroof and electronics are the only real problems. Watch out for after-market parts likethe starter (installation costs so much it's moot, then it breaks on you and youlose $500).


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Perfect Fun to Drive Car
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By Aaaaaron090
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1997 BMW M3 2dr Coupe


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Very fun car, very well built


Favorite Features

Performance is very civilized


Suggested Improvements

Tilt-wheel steering would be great, but not necessary


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Excellent all around vehicle
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By homer32
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1997 BMW M3 2dr Coupe


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What a great, super fast, great handling coupe. It has also been very reliable for me. I would recommend it to anyone.


Favorite Features

It's handling and cornering ability. The wonderful shifter. The great lines.


Suggested Improvements

power seats and keyless entry as std equipment. the availability of more resonably priced performance upgrades.


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Worth the wait and every penny you spend
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By WytLytnyn
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1997 BMW M3 2dr Coupe


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I've owned this car for 4 months and have enjoyed every minute of it. It really is the best compromise of the sports car and practical everyday car. The cost of maintenance and ownership can only be equalled by Ferrari and Mercedes (from what I hear). Invest in a Bentley manual, a metric socket set, a Peake code reset tool and a Valentine One. You'll be able to do most of the maintenance yourself. Also, you will pay through the nose for maintence you can't easily do (like a Gubbio flex disc on the driveshaft). Your insurance will be high and your mileage will suck due to your new addiction to the wailing engine and exhaust noise.


Favorite Features

I like the features on the computer like the alarm that you can set to go off when you reach a certain mph. Also, the convenience of the location of the oil filter and coolant filler bottle are nice.


Suggested Improvements

The shifter action is sloppy and it is understandable why many upgrade to short throw shifters.


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fun, but some cheesy features
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By howtomb
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1997 BMW M3 2dr Coupe


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I bought a 1997 M3 five months ago, and I'm happy with it -- it's a blast to drive -- but some interior features have a ticky-tacky feel. Plastic bits have broken off, for example. Some BMW dealers, meanwhile, seem to think that actually servicing my car is beneath them. To add to the frustration, many spare parts cost a bloody fortune.


Favorite Features

The M3 is the only true sports car at a decent price with a real back seat. The 5s and 7s are luxury cars: powerful but heavy. The M3 is more like a racing car: light, juicy, low to the ground, with a stiff ride that lets you feel every pebble. Not for everyone, but I love it.


Suggested Improvements

I wish BMW dealers put more gracious, intelligent people on their phones. Too many of the people I've talked to have been haughty, dismissive and ill- informed. I would also appreciate more robust interior components, maybe made of metal or wood instead of plastic.


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