1997 BMW M3 User Reviews

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Users ranked 1997 BMW M3 against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

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    Displaying 11 - 20 of 27 1997 BMW M3 reviews.

    1997 BMW M3 Coupe Review
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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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    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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    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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    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 Review
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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 M3evo Review
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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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    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 Review
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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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    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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    Have Over 200k On It, And Still Drives Like A Champion! — The care is just fun to drive. It handles awesome. I can take corners, and the car is glued to the ground. The interior is getting old, and my seats are getting ripped, but hey I have been driving it for a long time.

    Pros: Performance, handling, fun to drive, looks

    Cons: electronics

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    2012 BMW M3 Reviews

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    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

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    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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