Posted by NickG on November 10, 1998 at 21:46:08:
In Reply to: Re: Info on M3 body styles posted by Mister Vanos on November 10, 1998 at 14:19:07:
The '95 models started being made around 4/94 and didn't end till 12/95. You could also get the luxury package in '95 models. If you want to get a '95, the newer the better, as BMW made some running changes during the production run (like EWSII anti-theft system and upgraded valve spring retainers).
: : I am interested in buying a used M3 and am wondering when the body style changed from the older boxy look to the new style. I am interested in your opinions on which year is the one to get if you had your choice, excluding 98's or 99's.
: The E36 M3 (current M3 body) first showed up in the US as a '95 model with a 3.0L I6 engine. This car had OBDI. It was only available as a Coupe. In 96+, the engine was upgraded to a 3.2L, however using OBDII- making upgrading such things as ECU, intake system, etc very difficult (almost impossible). A sedan was introduced as was a luxury pckg in 96&97. If you want a sedan, you cannot get a 95 M3. If you want to tweak the car as much as possible, buy a 95. Otherwise, consider a 97 Coupe or Sedan. You really can't go wrong any which way you decide.
: Mr. V