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Old Sat, Nov-10-2018, 03:21:59 AM   #1
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My name is Taylor and I recently purchased a 1998 Alpine white M3/4/5 with Modena interior. I have always had some interest in BMWs, but never braved up to them because of my lack of knowledge and experience with European cars. I am more familiar with Japanese cars as I have a Miata and a 300ZX, and my wife has a Cube. I also really like station wagons, and have owned a '94 Accord wagon that I swapped into manual, an '05 Legacy GT wagon that was also manual, and currently a chipped '11 Jetta Sportwagen TDI 6MT. Thankfully the TDI maintenance has been minimal.

The concept of a 4-door sports car has always appealed to me, and I would say it started with my mom's 1991 Maxima SE. Other sedans that have interested me included the Cressida, early 90s Q45, 2005-06 G35 Sedan 6MT, 2nd-gen Taurus SHO, E39 M5, as well as the recently discontinued Chevrolet SS.

The M3 was purchased from another automotive enthusiast. There was slight corrosion on the rear quarter panels and rockers that he had totally addressed; however I noticed a shallow rust bubble behind the rear license plate, and hopefully will learn to repair that come Spring. The previous owner also did a lot of preventative maintenance including: the bushings on the control / trailing arms, shock mounts, cooling system overhaul, guibo and driveshaft center bearing, power steering lines, and tie rods. I have been taking a "crash course" by combing through "Nick's" buyer's guide, and it seems like many of the weak points have been addressed. I am, however, very paranoid with the rear shock mounting locations tearing apart, and will be buying / installing those reinforcement plates in the very near future.

The car has 113k miles, and modifications-wise, it is pretty stock. The differential is a swapped 3.38 unit, the shocks are newer Bilsteins Sport along with Eibach Pro as well as front sway bar, and the steering wheel and shift knob are '99 spec and ZHP, respectively. The car is pretty solid, BUT I seem to hear a light random CLUNK that's not necessarily from the suspension. I believe the shifter could definitely benefit from some new bushings, as it is quite sloppy when compared to my Miata's. It also seems to have that 5th gear lean, but goes away when warmed up. I hope that sympton is not detrimental to the car.

I would say I am a confident mechanic, but am EXTREMELY worried that this M3 will "M Factor" my wallet to pieces in the future. The car will be a 3-seasons car, and I would also like to see how it compares to my Miata on the track one day. I think the M3 is very important to the automobile society, and I look forward to my family and I enjoying this car.
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