1997 BMW M3 User Reviews

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    1997 BMW M3 Sedan Review
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    45

    My First M3 — She was picked up used and even after 11 years was a strong runner and handling was good. I liked the solid feel on the road in all weather conditions. I'd like to get another M sometime if they would come down in price.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: She was a M3 built back when BMW built super high quality cars.

    Cons: Parts were expensive but had a good mean time between failures.

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    Can't Beat The Balance And Handling... — My 1997 M3 sedan will always hold a place in my heart. I will always miss her. I wish I had never sold it. Should've kept it and bought a Honda Civic as my daily driver. You just can't beat the handling and balance of this car. Also the shape and lines of the sedan will always be iconic my eyes.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Eventho towards the end I was having so many problems with the M, I'm going to miss this car the most....The handling and balance was 2nd to none.  I have yet to drive a car with the same.

    Cons: Cant' be used as a daily driver...as you get closer to the 100K mile mark things just start to break.

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    1997 BMW M3 Coupe Review
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    The Definitive Bmw Experience For The Driving Purist — It is one of the last BMW's that can be realtively easily worked on by an enthusiast owner, and it also one of the last of the true drivers cars before BMW went nuts with gadgets and electronics overload. Not a powerful car my modern standards, but a timeless design and a beautiful balance of all round performance and feel

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Engine sound, nostalgia, handling balance and feel

    Cons: If you want to beat a V6 Acord or Camry in a stoplight race

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    1997 BMW M3 Coupe Review
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    The Best, Most Fun Car To Ever Drive.. Love It — First of all it was a 4 door.. and i loved this car. My soul mate.lol.. I love a car that can handle and my favorite thing is when you get on the gas... it immediately accerlates just as if you let off the gas.. it immediately decreases speed.. LOVE THAT..and being able to go from driving automatic to manual..

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: DRIVING HAS A WHOLE NEW MEANING

    Cons: not one thing

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    1997 BMW M3 Coupe Review
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    A Blast To Drive, Rewarding To Own. — Absolutely LOVE this car... Great acceleration, great handling, a blast to drive. Stand on the brakes, and it will stop on a dime and give you change. Most repairs are fairly inexpensive, but maintenance items (brakes etc) are generally more expensive than on some other cars. Currently getting 21-23mpg around town, but it has a misfire. When it is running correctly, I get 22-25mpg. Not bad for a car that has a fun factor this high, and will run circles around a lot of the cars out there today.

    Pros: Awesome performance for a car in this price range

    Cons: Can't think of one, unless you're looking for a winter car

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    Most Fun For The Money You Can Find. — A fun Track car. This 13 year old car has been my daily driver since 2000 and has many fun days on the track. Since upgrading the suspension it sticks in the corners like it was on rails. Very Fun!

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Best handling track car I have driven

    Cons: Although Black looks nice it sucks in the summer heat.

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    1997 BMW M3 M3evo Review
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    Best All Around Sport Car — I'll just start with the cars biggest flaw, its the US Version. The "other" E36 M3 came from the factory with about 317 hp whereas the US cars only topped out at 240. This car has it all, performance from a 3.2 liter smooth inline 6, brakes that will stop you on a dime and a suspension that will out handle some new high end cars and on my car....4 doors. Just keep in mind that this car is pushing 10-15 years old and may not run circles around your average Subaru Sti or Mitsu Evo. It is still a lot of car for a new and inexperienced driver though. There is still a large aftermarket, but it is a BMW so performance upgrades are more expensive and usually yeild low HP gains unless you go forced induction. Definately one of my favorite cars I've owned close behind the E30 M3

    Pros: Fun car with enough power to satisfy most lead footed drivers

    Cons: US model got the detuned motor

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    Very Nice Car — Very strong and fast , brakes are very good , handle perfect. build to handle and to fit you like a glove in the seat , expensive to maintain.Car quality overall is good only thing that will stay with you is the hard clutch.

    Pros: built to performe

    Cons: Maintenace costs

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    1997 BMW M3 M3evo Review
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    A Few Thoughts On My 97 M3 — The most fantastically fun car I have ever driven! Wicked fast, pinpoint handling, gets better mileage than my truck and any car I have ever owned (160 MPH econocar?) in an elegant package...if you are a performance car fan you need to drive one of these!

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Rediculously fast and still seats five.

    Cons: Engine rebuilds are expensive.  Still better than my Toyota.

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    The Ultimate Driver's Training Machine — This is the 3rd BMW e36 chassis I owned. This vehicle replaced the '98 M3 which was in questionable condition (peeling clearcoat, etc.) that I used to own primarily as track car. Despite, I liked the dynamics of the e36 M3 so much I decided I wanted a keeper in good condition and colour combinations. I picked this car up the week of Christmas and was extremely happy with its overall condition: paint still shined, no signs of body repair work, the full grain Nappa leather was still supple, all the supension bits felt tight, the engine sounded good, tires/rims were balance and round, and the low sub 90k km mileage, etc., and, above all, what a kick to drive a "Helrot" (Hell Red) colour sports car! I thought I would be keeping this car forever. The next few weeks I installed all the track bits (removed from my '98 M3) and gave this car what it deserved as the ideal track machine. Typical of any e36 chassis, this car can be pushed to its limits easily because it allowed mistakes to be made and was extremely forgiving. It always mildly understeered in turns and the rear will never snap out no matter how you "lift". I could not remember any "white knuckle" moments negotiating this vehicle on the tracks, even when its brakes faded at the bottom of Turrn 4 (left downhill sweeper that reaches 160 kph at the bottom when the car needs to slow to 65 kph for the tight "Moss Corner" hairpin) at Mosport when I put the car sideway to scrub speed and ended up in the gravel run-off space just a few feet from the cement barrier! Everything just happened in such controlled "slow motion" (very little polar motion) I was calm enough to keep the engine running and check my mirror to allow the few cars to pass before pulling back onto the pavement and continued on to the back staight before the mandatory "pit-in" after being "off". May be it was the lack of "drama" I finally decided it was too boring to drive on the track and I took a short leave so I could think long and hard what its successor would be. The most memorable moment: chasing a bright red Ferrari F355 down the back straight at TMP, engine screaming the creamy snmooth straight-six song, knowing there was no doubt I would reel in my prize in front of all those who watched at awe - triumph of the "Helrot"!

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Predictable handling, unlimited potential to customize, reasonable running costs, bullet proof engine.

    Cons: Lack "drama", poor body integrity.

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 BMW M3 Reviews

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    Ultimate Driving Machine By stubble88

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    2012 BMW M3 Reviews

    One Of The Best All-rounders You Can Find! By racerc63

    This car suites a variety of purposes, can be a family hauler and grocery getter one day and the next you can take it to the track where it is also perfectably and equally capable. Its also comfortab... Read More

    Expensive, High-maintenance Fun By tmc930

    Fast, nice handling, beautiful looking, awesome sounding, M mode is fun, excellent sound system and technology... BUT Bumpy, Bad in snow/ice/rain, High maintenance parts, Very low bumper, Gas guzzler.... Read More

    2011 BMW M3 Reviews

    One Of The Most Fun Of All Cars I Have Ever Driven By bodiezapha

    This baby was one of my favorites of all time. I can't even begin to explain how fun this car is to drive. It fast and beautiful and sounds like a mean machine. It handles so well...rear wheel drive a... Read More

    Amazing! By Ron2591

    Love everything about this car. excellent daily driver or weekend car. trunk space is excellent for a coupe and the fact that the rear seats fold is very useful for food shopping or any luggage. Overa... Read More

    2010 BMW M3 Reviews

    Performance By BMW_M3

    The acceleration, braking and handling are great in the M3. It is a ton of fun to drive, but you need to be able to do more then take the kids to soccer practice to really enjoy all it offers. Read More

    Ultimate Bmw By GG42

    I've owned three M3s since 1998. Even driven several M5s. This M3 is the best. Would keep it forever but don't have the room for it plus the new ride. DCT (dual clutch) is amazing technology. Wish the... Read More

    2009 BMW M3 Reviews

    The Best Of The Two Worlds! By Mehrdad

    BMW M3 sedan is truly is the best of two worlds, it can be your fun car of the weekends for twisty roads, great and luxry car for your Friday night out, its a only race car that you can take it to Cos... Read More

    Lemon By M3haver

    I heard really good things about this car, but it turned out to be a piece of crap. It barely ever starts up, it leaks oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. The bearings go ... Read More

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