1997 BMW M3 Consumer Review: Possibly The Perfect Car

1997 BMW M3 - Consumer Review

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Possibly The Perfect Car
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1997 BMW M3 2dr Coupe


THE best practical sportscar on the market. Looked at the 4 door M3 also until my significant other declared it "plain". Quick poll of females at the office reached the same conclusion. Take your time looking and spend about 20% over the Edmunds estimate to get an enthusiast owned car. You'll be glad that you did. High mileage is OK as long as maintenance has been done, and the pricing is appropriate. Be prepared for sticker shock on operating costs if you have owned a Honda. Dealer parts are pricey, and M-specific parts are ridiculous. 17" tires last about 15,000 miles at the max. PAY THE PRICE AND BUY THIS CAR!!

Best Features

Incredible torque, strong reliability for a car at this level, will outrun about any Ferrari built before 1980, high level of luxury with the Luxury Package, looks really cool but is still classic BMW, strong usergroup at unofficialbmw, and (relatively) cheap parts at bimmerparts.

Worst Features

Needs a sixth gear (3800 RPM at 80 MPH), seats are brutally uncomfortable for tall people on long trips, ummmmm - I guess it would be cool if M3's grew on trees :) This is really a GREAT car.
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