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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, May-07-2019, 08:59:56 PM   #161
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How much salt do they speed on the roads in Japan? Skiing in Japan is on my bucket list. Is it true the locals do not ski in the trees as they are considered sacred, so the tree skiing is heavenly?
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How much salt do they speed on the roads in Japan? Skiing in Japan is on my bucket list. Is it true the locals do not ski in the trees as they are considered sacred, so the tree skiing is heavenly?
Not much salt on the road in Japan, just a bit on the highway.

I drove a week in Michigan last year in winter (for work) and I would not want to drive the M3 on such amount of salt...

I have never heard of sacred trees sorry, skiing in the trees is quite the popular thing to do in Japan. In Appi, they even created tree courses between slopes because everybody was going there anyway so they made it official (but at your own risk).

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I drove a week in Michigan last year in winter (for work) and I would not want to drive the M3 on such amount of salt...
Tell me about it. Michigan roads destroy everything and I can't wait to get out of this state.

Great build so far and great info on Japan. I go to Nagoya regularly, but only for a short overnight before heading on to Hong Kong. I thoroughly enjoy the Japanese culture and people though.
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Tell me about it. Michigan roads destroy everything and I can't wait to get out of this state.

Great build so far and great info on Japan. I go to Nagoya regularly, but only for a short overnight before heading on to Hong Kong. I thoroughly enjoy the Japanese culture and people though.
Actually, Michigan might be my next work assignment lol, let's see


Japan is a nice place to live and still a paradise for car enthusiasts despite making the ownership of a car a real luxury, considering the cost it represents here between yearly taxes, parking, government inspection... My M3 costs me about 4000 USD a year just sitting in its parking, before any maintenance or driving...
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Tell me about it. Michigan roads destroy everything and I can't wait to get out of this state.
Fun fact, GM actually torture tests some of their suspension by simply driving along the road in front of their design center on 12 mile in Warren.
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Fun fact, GM actually torture tests some of their suspension by simply driving along the road in front of their design center on 12 mile in Warren.
i believe it. 10K on Michigan roads does the damage of 100K+ in comparison to other states. Wheels, shocks, ball joints, bushings, interior trims.. they all take an absolute beating. Then you add salt...
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Last update here, after Winter I decided to change the last things I had in mind: brake lines.
So I put stainless steel lines from Goodridge, with new Dixcel Rotor at the rear, and new race pads at all four corners:







I also put new AD08R tires since the previous set was quite used up after my track day at Fuji last year.

... That was in April and I barely used the car since then since I travelled quite a lot for work and personal matters. I just had one more track day in July in Sodegaura, and I also used he car to drive to Motegi for the Idlers 12hrs Endurance race at the end of July (I participated with my Team and our 318is).



I spent a few weeks in France in August driving a 993, so it was very interesting to take the M3 back home in September: those are very comparable cars. Performances are the same but the M3 is much more usable, while the Porsche feels more "special"... An interesting choice here



Back in Japan, I took the time to clean the car a few weeks ago and it is still a pretty nice machine











So I finally caught up this topic with the life of this car...

Now the next steps... I am moving to Birmingham, Michigan in January (great timing, I know...) so I am trying to sell the M3, since I also have my M5 E34 and I don't want to bring 2 cars with me, so the end of the adventure is near...
The car is now 168,000 km (which makes just about 100K miles) so I drove about 20,000 km (12k miles) with it in 3 and half years, and I am very happy how it turned out, but I feel the need for change so the timing it not bad
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Nice car and it would be pity to sell it. Why not considering importing it to the US. This car is already past 25 years old and you can just import it and get it road legal easily. This Euro 3.0 would be a much special car in the US.
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What he said. If nothing else you bring it with you and list on BaT once itís on US soil. Surely the amount it would sell for here would make it worth your while.
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You do know it is faster around a race track then a 993? And far more stable if you do something silly
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