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1997 BMW M3Review
Vince writes:
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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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1997 BMW M3 Coupe RWDReview
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Nice Car But Be Selective When You Buy One Because There Are Tons For Sale! — The e36 M3 is an excellent car unfortunately I rushed into buying one, and ended up buying an M3 that had been abused buy its previous owner. It is the best handling car that I have ever driven. The engine is fun, likes to rev, and has decent power at every rpm. The Styling is kind of bland compared to the other M3's. Vader seats are very comfortable and they hold the driver in place. Buy one with complete service records, and have it inspected by a well known BMW Specialist before you buy one. Don't buy it if it has ever overheated. Use a Waterpump with a metal impeller, and maintain the cooling system religiously to avoid major headaches later.

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

Pros: Awesome car

Cons: e46's are getting cheaper

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1997 BMW M3 Coupe RWDReview
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Great If You Don't Want To Spend Too Much Money But Wanna Have Good Fun. — I love it. It's a great buy for the money... I guess performance isn't as good as some of the newer sports cars but it's good enough for me. Great handling. Car and driver called it the best handling car in the world regardless of price in its day. And its RWD!

Pros: It's fun to drive.

Cons: It isn't as fast as some of the newest cars out there.

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1997 BMW M3Review
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Sexy M3 — i love my car!!! it drives like a beast and its the best car in the world for me. Don't be jealous but you know you love it too. It's powerful and saves gas. i wont be spending so much money to drive that often.

Pros: EVERYTHING

Cons: NOTHING

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1997 BMW M3 Coupe RWDReview
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The Best M3 — This is as of yet the best thing i have ever driven. The E36 M3 is hands down the best looking generation of M3, including the new E92. Drove it on Gingerman Raceway in South Haven MI and it was extremely planted in the corners, i was able to catch and pass many cars (subaru Sti, lotus elise, etc) that should have outperformed me based on power/weight ratio. i had an upgraded sport suspension and track tires but the car was otherwise completely stock. unfortunately the car was rolled on the track and totalled a few years ago otherwise im sure it would still be going strong.

Pros: M3 handling, M3 looks, before Chris Bangle ruined the company

Cons: underpowered in todays market, consider a supercharger or at the high end an engine swap

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1997 BMW M3 Coupe RWDReview
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My M3 — Best well rounded sports car available. The NA inline 6 engine is a monster and can even get 26-28 MPG. The handling is amazing and the braking is perfect. The pedals are even designed for heel-toe driving. The fun factor is off the charts highly recommended for anyone thinking about buying one.

Pros: Best well rounded sport car available

Cons: Wish I had the euro engine (+40 hp)

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1997 BMW M3 Coupe RWDReview
Enzo writes:
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E36 M3 — The M3 is like one of those mules that pull tour duty in the Grand Canyon, year after year: It isn't capable of a misstep. This car lets you seek out its limits quicker and more confidently than any of the other cars here. If that doesn't make for a winning handler, we don't know what does.

Pros: Handling, power, look, build

Cons: Gas guzzler, expensive

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1997 BMW M3Review
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Doesn't Get Any Better — This is my second M3 and although I love the 3.0 S50 of my last 95 this one is very smooth even at triple digits with the AC on full blast. Even more fun to drive, great cars. Pictured is my Alpine White 95 M3, I have an Estoril Blue 97 as well.

Pros: Handles great, brakes even better, timeless looks.

Cons: Shreads tires

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1997 BMW M3 Coupe RWDReview
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Young Classic — Not much I can say about this car that hasn't been said a million times before me. Good pick-up with phenomenal handling. My car has aftermarket wheels and Triflow Exhaust so it's a bit extra fun. Sounds good and looks great. I've owned a C4 corvette, a 5.0 mustang and two 3-series BMW's and this car is easily the favorite of the lot. It's totally usable and performs like a true sports car.

Pros: Handling, Response, Cargo space, Engine sound

Cons: I could use a bit more power...aka it's a US model, not Euro

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1997 BMW M3 Coupe RWDReview
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97 M3 — I love this car with all my heart. Classy yet aggresive. Understated yet stylish. I would only trade it in for an F1 McLaren.

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