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BMW E36 M3
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JonM3
E90 M3

Registered: April 2004
Location: Bethesda
Posts: 382
Review Date: Sat November 19, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great handling, Price, Usability, Looks, Number of mods available, Exclusivity, Durability
Cons: Not as powerful as \"Euro\" version, Not a straight line car (1/4 mile), Might be out of date for some

Itís good for every day use and at the same time it can become a great track car. It also has plenty of space to carry quite a bit for the size of the car. You have to drive one to really appreciate its beauty.
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pilot650

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 301
Review Date: Tue December 27, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $16,600.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Price, handling, style
Cons: slow by today\'s standards

No secret that this is one of the greatest performing cars for the money, but it isn\'t competitive with a lot of current model cars. Handles great, but it\'s not a 996 turbo. It also doesn\'t cost $130K. It IS however competitive with some mods. I have the Dinan supercharger, suspension, exhaust and it will run with a 400hp GTO, 320hp Z28, C5 non-Z06 corvette, and anything from Japan. I had an E36 M3 in 1999, and have had an SRT-10 viper and 911 Turbo since then. I went back to the M3 beacuse with a few mods, it out performs most everything on the road, but still can be driven daily with decent MPG.
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finallyanm
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Registered: March 2006
Posts: 79
Review Date: Thu April 6, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $799.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: good power, with great sound ( for some might be too loud)
Cons: nearly exact stock appearance

I installed the Tri-flo B&B exhaust yesterday. Immediatly after start up i fell in love with the deep rumble the car now makes. This exhaust yielded some good power and a beautiful note that, unless you are on the gas pretty good, or in between 1600 and 2200 RPM is rather quiet. However in this range the car does make a heavy drone which to some might be too loud but to me sounds enchanting.
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CROZUS
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Registered: October 2006
Posts: 5
Review Date: Thu November 9, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Performance,look,affordability,driving pleasure....
Cons: Expensive Superchargers!!!

I owned a 93 325i first and i was curious what would an M3 be like if a 325i drives like this! I got a 1997 M3 sedan and....Holy Mothersucker! that car was absolutely SUPER!! I sold it and now i got a 98 M3 2 doors and i am in love with it. I wish i could supercharge it and challenge dem corvettes and vipers and stuff!!!!!
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CantbePhaded04

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Registered: September 2006
Location: Granger, IN
Posts: 122
Review Date: Sun February 11, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Handling, comfort, price, style, and options
Cons: Not a straight liner, long throw shift

AMAZING!! Has been my dream car having never drove one, purchased on 6 months ago and still going crazy over its usability. Incredible for the price.
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domeztikdream21

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Registered: November 2006
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 2
Review Date: Sat May 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Reliability, speed, handling, absolutely beautiful car.
Cons: Expensive aftermarket parts

Absolutely love this car. I have a 95 M3 and it's everything I could ask for from a car. It has 150,000 miles on the motor and ran a PERFECT compression check less than a month ago. Not built for straight line but will still put more than a few cars at the drags to shame when you beat them drag racing a BMW. Only complaint is cost of upgrading power. Unless you piece together a forced induction system yourself, your lookin a huge money to buy a good kit. Still will probably never get rid of this car.
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cmcon98

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Registered: March 2010
Location: Boston
Posts: 701
Review Date: Fri March 26, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: power, handling, practicality, styling
Cons: chintzy interior quality

I'm 47, and when I was 19, I had a '69 Pontiac GTO convertible. Oddly, my '99 M3 vert reminds me of that car. Here's why: It's a high performance version of an everyday car, which can carry 4 people, is usable every day without compromise, will (even now; it's 11 years old) outperform most cars on the road, and is stone reliable in any conditions, plus easy to work on and cheap to maintain and repair. Just a wonderful car that I will never sell. Newer cars are faster and have more technology, but they are not very owner-repairable, which is key for me. I bought my pristine example (with a hardtop) for 20% of the $50,000 it cost new. An unbeatable bang-for-buck deal.
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New2Mseries

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Registered: April 2010
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 411
Review Date: Mon April 19, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $5,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great Handling, Stiff suspension, RWD
Cons: Poor Gas Mileage

I am coming from owning a 2002 Jetta TDI that got anywhere from 40-50 Mpg. I know you cant compare the two but I must say I miss the great gas mileage. But on a brighter note I love the RWD of the M3 and all the power I will never go back to FWD.
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mkm3
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Registered: July 2010
Location: Long Beach
Posts: 13
Review Date: Sat October 9, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $11,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Superb DD, gas mileage between 23 and 24, loving every moment in it.
Cons: Upgrades/maintenance can be expensive

This was falling in love at first sight: saw it on Wednesday, flew to Phoenix on Saturday and bought it within 3 hours . I have enjoyed every mile I have put on the car (4000 so far). Being an automatic, I usually drive it in sports mode (you can feel the difference in acceleration) that basically changes the gear ratios.
The first few months gave me some problems (being a 12 yr old car). Things like broken ignition cylinder, resistor for climate control and last but not the least a broken condenser all fell apart within the first couple.
Upgrading from an Acura (2001 though), I can feel the difference in driveability. Rightly called the ultimate driving machine, the car hugs the road and one can barely feel the effect of AC on the cars performance. Maintenance can be expensive but is certainly doable.
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acwood04
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Registered: April 2011
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 64
Review Date: Fri April 15, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $6,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Looks, Ride quality, if you give it TLC it will give it back..
Cons: Can be expensive to repair, on board electronics sometimes can be hard to do.

My father purchased a 99 M3 convertible when I was 15 and I have thought they were the best cars on the road ever since. Ten years later I finally can say that I've got the title to a 97 M3!
I learned how to drive a stick on my dads and I can say that the interior and exterior are works of art.... I dont know why but the style and performance of this car is just raw, raw emotion at your foot. I went from a 2004 Honda Civic ex sedan 5speed that was most likely one of the most reliable cars I've ever owned. I didnt care. Dont get me wrong the civic is a good car, but the spirit and soul behind this german engineered masterpiece is untouchable. I can say that this M3 I just bought I hope to keep for a lifetime, and dont ever plan on selling it. I have a pretty good DIY knowledge and think that besides a 1970's Oldsmobile 442 its one of the best looking/feeling/driving car ever made. I dont know why but the E36 M3 is just a car that should be on the top ten best cars ever made.
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