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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 Wed, Dec-23-2009, 01:12:54 AM   #1
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Default I bought my M3 13 years ago today...

...well, actually not today, but 9 days from now, on New Year's Eve (purchase date 12/31/96). I think I've thoroughly taken many of you down memory lane already with all my past nostalgic rhetoric from my previous anniversaries since #10, so I'll spare you all this year (however, for the newbies who'd like to re-live my memories, please search for all my previous anniversary posts ). Suffice it to say that for some uncanny reason, I still get excited every time I get behind the wheel of my hooptie. And that's despite all the flack I get from friends who've moved on to at least 1-2 new cars since I bought mine (and to think these guys are enthusiasts as well!?). And despite the minor coolant leak that's been annoying me since my DIY cooling system overhaul a few months ago (I obviously must have missed properly tightening down a hose clamp somewhere...aaargh). And despite the second power steering hose leak in the last 4 years.

Anyhow, I'm obviously way beyond the point of ever selling or trading in my bucket, so it's here to stay forever, hehe. And as soon as I can get my wheels out of storage (rolling on stock DS2s w/ brand-new G-Force rubber in the meantime), I'll finally conduct a proper photoshoot with a buddy's nice DSLR. In the meantime, with just under 88,000 miles on the clock, I'll continue to enjoy lighting her up through the twisties, ever so judiciously toe-heeling through the gears to ensure seamless transitions and weight transfers. Man, I love this car. Happy motoring!!~
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Congrats!

I'm coming up on a year since I sold my E36 (january). Bought the M coupe on 12/26 last year.
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Congrats, that takes a lot of dedication.

and nice sig Derek.
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Congrats!

I'm coming up on a year since I sold my E36 (january). Bought the M coupe on 12/26 last year.
Thanks! And congrats on your pending anniversary on the M coupe. I think I read a couple of your recent posts describing that the M coupe chassis is stiffer than that of the E46 M3? Is that true? and if so, how? Lastly, do you feel it outhandles the E46 M3? How about against the E36 M3?
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Thanks! And congrats on your pending anniversary on the M coupe. I think I read a couple of your recent posts describing that the M coupe chassis is stiffer than that of the E46 M3? Is that true? and if so, how? Lastly, do you feel it outhandles the E46 M3? How about against the E36 M3?

Thank you sir.

I've had decent seat time in my father's 2005 E46 M3 and I'd say the feel and "sharpness" from the E46 M3 to the Z4M coupe is very noticeable. The Z4M is stiffer and it has a faster steering ratio. I personally think the Z4M feels like the real sports car out of the box that they E46 M3 should have been. Note this is all stock for stock comparison. I'm sure E46 guys will argue that modifications make them feel sharper like the Z4MC. That said, my baby-boomer father could not take long trips in the Z4MC like I can - it's too stiff for him and the cabin is tight for larger guys/girls.

Z4MC's rigidiity is on the order of 32000 Nm/degree. The Z4M roadster is 14,500Nm/degree. It's amazing the differences even between the roadster in the coupe Z4Ms (e.g. steering ratio's, stiff spring rates etc)

Not sure of the E46 M3's, but the E46 coupe with folding seats has 12500 Nm/degree. I'd imagine the E46 M3 is slightly more than that with a reinforced subframe.

Congrats again on the anniversary.
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Congrats, that takes a lot of dedication.

and nice sig Derek.
Thanks sir! Happy Holidays.
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wow, thats great....sorta funny tho, the last thread I remember commemorating an owners 10 yr anniversary...also started with "well, it is not actually the exact date.." lol.

and not that you care...but my car has a 12/96 build date
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and it's the 9th anniversary of the last time you posted new pics of her.

congrats man
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and it's the 9th anniversary of the last time you posted new pics of her.
Yeah yeah...I said I'll get a proper photoshoot together soon. Stay tuned...
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Yeah yeah...I said I'll get a proper photoshoot together soon. Stay tuned...
you've been saying that since the 2005
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