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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sun, May-14-2017, 06:16:00 PM   #11
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oh look M_Parallel talking shit about the US spec e36 m3 on a US based forum. I'm shocked :rolleyes:
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oh look M_Parallel talking shit about the US spec e36 m3 on a US based forum. I'm shocked :rolleyes:
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Cool article, but I don't agree that the E36 M3 was greeted with a lukewarm reaction when it was introduced. Stock vs stock, it blew the doors off the previous M3 in every performance category, was raved about in magazines and by owners, won repeatedly on the racetrack, and was THE car to have in it's price segment. It wasn't until it was discontinued (post 2000) that I started to see grumbling on the internet about how it didn't stack up. It could be argued (and often is lol) that the E36 is not as special as other M cars of the era, but to say the initial reaction to the car was lukewarm doesn't seem correct.
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This is a British Magazine. In Britain they shit all over the E36 M3 all the way through its production run. They were all singing from the same song book and looked like they all said the same thing. Total bull shit and pretentious as hell. In North America the critics all loved the car.
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Old Tue, May-16-2017, 01:17:53 AM   #15
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If I remember correctly it was the e30 M3's that sat on dealer lots for years because people didn't want them. At least in the US
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If I remember correctly it was the e30 M3's that sat on dealer lots for years because people didn't want them. At least in the US
some LTW's sat for awhile at dealers and were sold at discounts lol
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If I remember correctly it was the e30 M3's that sat on dealer lots for years because people didn't want them. At least in the US
I think that was because the price was such a premium over a standard E30. They figured out the pricing on the E36 M3 and they sold really well because of it. Least that is my understanding.
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I think that was because the price was such a premium over a standard E30. They figured out the pricing on the E36 M3 and they sold really well because of it. Least that is my understanding.
Sort of.

The US wasn't supposed to get the e36 m3 at all because the sales were poor for the e30 m3 and the cost of the euro spec e36 m3 was so high.

A group of BMW CCA members created a letter/petition and basically begged BMW to bring the car to NA. BMW reluctantly did but they thought that the only way they could sell the car was if they reduced the cost by a substantial amount.

This is why the US spec car has a different engine than the Euro spec car as well as other little things that are missing.

TBH without the US spec e36 being semi-successful we probably would of never have gotten the E46 and subsequent gens.
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They got the bad rap for being the first high volume M3, but if you own and drive one, you find that they are a good combination of weight, power and utility. Good to see that they are finally getting the respect they deserve.
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I have been holding on to a 4-door E36 and it is a dream car. Overhauled the engine and it is bulletproof and all mint! Not sure if I should hold on to it or sell it?
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