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Re: 325is vs M3 I have both! (archive)

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Posted by Barry Robinson on November 02, 2000 at 03:33:44:

In Reply to: 325is vs M3 I have both! posted by Chris Conant on October 31, 2000 at 21:11:24:

Let me set the record strieght! I have been driving the e30 for 10 years now. I am on my 2nd 325is & my first 88M3. Never been blown by a fucin honda. the closest is the integra type R unles it has been turbo charged. I smoke all hondas with both cars. I also take Mustang Gt 5.0's. I worked at a sppeed shop when I was a kid and feel that if your heart in in Drag racing buy a chevy or a Bike! So dont compare apples with oranges. Set your selves apart from all the rest by not buying a freakin honda..
My comparison by experience and research!
I love both cars. in stop light to stop light (Stock) is dead even with the advantage going to the IS ( tourque ). When I get to high speed corners @ any speed ( especialy over 100 ) the M3 is quite a bit different, Stiff predictable slides, the IS is VERRY mushey in the corners with a bunch of pitch and Roll. The M3 isnt a every day driver, it is a race bread motor which takes a different approach when driving: they dont run untill they warm up, they dont liketraffic and low RPMs!!!!!!! You will need to keep it cleaned out, keep the R's up yo keep from loading it up. I have seen a bunch of other Weomen drivin M3's that I could walk faster that they would run simply due to keeping the motor cleaned out!
Also there are probably 3 versions to this car evolutions. In europ there is much better gas, they send us the left over crap, so the euro versions are or have more power. the evo3 has 240 Hp more than the e36 M3( the euro e36 is 319hp ). they are also lighter @2600lbs. you Caan up grade the us version to those standards if you have the $$$$$$$. They have fiber glass even wider fenders, fiber glass hood, trunk, bumpercovers that all reduce weight. The brakes on my us are from a 5 series not a 7 like the article says. the motor is good to 14K the BMW people say. the article even contradicts it self when it talks about the interior,,,, hehe. they are damd near identicle. steerin wheel angle is identical but the wheel is diffrent, also the freakin seats ARE identical, No diff at all what so ever,,,! the BMW m3 is way a head of its time, only now is there new cars that can match these cars.
if you want to talk send a email.....

Some of your facts are incorrect. The iS and M3 steering wheels are identical, the seats are not. M3 seats have horizontal stitching...iS seats have vertical stitching. The back seat is different. BMW claims the S14 is good upto 10K no 14K RPM's. The Evo 3 fenders are not wider...but the arches are taller, BMW didn't put fiberglass anything on the Evo models only on the race cars themselves.

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