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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 Wed, Aug-15-2018, 12:29:29 AM   #1
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Default Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

Iím looking at buying a 95 M3 5 speed. I just moved to Pennsylvania and I heard the streets are hard to drive on here in the winter.

I lived in Utah and I know that with good snow tires on a front wheel drive car it drives good.

Iím wondering if I can buy some good snow tires and get away with driving in Pennsylvania winters.
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Default Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

95’s have no traction control and the torque curve is higher at around ~3500.

I want to say it really depends on the driver. I personally wouldn’t do it just because of the salt and the fact you would have to be on edge the entire time.

But at the same time tires have come a very long way.
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Old Wed, Aug-15-2018, 01:48:56 AM   #3
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Default Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

OK here is the deal, from someone that has driven an E36 in a snowy climate for years.

The traction control system in the E36 will only make it stall out in the snow. You HAVE TO turn off or completely remove the ASC to get anywhere in the snow.

If you can't drive for shit, DO NOT drive an E36 in the snow.

That said, it has an LSD. If you have ACTUAL snow tires it does just fine in the snow as long as YOU CAN DRIVE and the snow is not WELL ABOVE THE BUMPER.

No, it's not a Subaru forester, but with DECENT snow tires it gets around fine. My freaking grandma drove a RWD car in the snow and didn't complain about it for decades, you can too.


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Default Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

AWD is pretty legit


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Default Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

I drive year round in NH in my turbo 99M3 that has factory traction control deleted. I use 4 snow wheels. I found the factory traction control useless -- it was way too intrusive. Controls on later cars are advanced enough to be useful. I actually leave the one on my 08M3 activated almost all the time, though with a Euro setting that allows more slip.
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Default Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

Once you put on some thick rear strut mounts it shouldn't be a problem
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Default Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

Or find a mechanic who can install RSM correctly. I have to admit to installing RSM incorrectly myself once but I am just a DIYer.
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Default Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

Do 95ís have traction control?

What size tires are on a 95 M3? Itís lowered.
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Or find a mechanic who can install RSM correctly. I have to admit to installing RSM incorrectly myself once but I am just a DIYer.


Whatís an rsm?
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Old Wed, Aug-15-2018, 05:12:17 AM   #10
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Default Re: Possible to drive a 95 M3 in Pennsylvania during winter?

I grew up in PA and drove an Ď85 camaro v6 5sp with for a few winters while in high school. It had no LSD (and no tc) and I survived. Youíll be fine, might even become a really good driver.
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