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How long have you been driving Sean? (more) (archive)

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Posted by Derin on March 05, 2001 at 17:53:29:

In Reply to: M3 ownership questions posted by Sean K on March 05, 2001 at 17:09:39:


I am a 17-yr old high-school student with a part time job( $7.00/hr.). My 1st question: Will $11,000-$13,000 get me an 1988-1989 M3 in good condition, or will it have costly mechanical problems?
2nd: If its in good condition, will I be able to keep it in good condition without going backrupt? Around how much money a year do they cost to maintian? Is owning an E-30 M3 realistic for me?

Sean

I would imagine at 17 you haven't been driving too long? That being the case there would be many other great ( and cheaper to buy and run) BMWs you could consider....

I'm exactly double your age and I've owned BMWs since I was your age....so I have 'some' experience of many models behind me.

I've been thinking about the way the M3 drives lately (having just acquired one). In an inverted way I think it's almost 'too good' on the public roads. You have to be going so fast to get a real thrill out of it. Also it's so forgiving it probably won't help you to develop your driving as easily as some other BM's which are perhaps less forgiving. My first car was a 2002 tii...I learnt very quickly to respect what sudden oversteer can do!

You can get a lot of enjoyment and learn a lot from other BMWs (if a BMW is what you really want).These days if I where you I'd maybe think of something like a E30 320i to start with....easily enough power if driven correctly (after a short while you begin to realise straightline power isn't really what it's all about), cheap to buy and maintain and a very capable car with a free-revving small six-cylinder ( actually a sweeter engine than the 325i).

Good Luck!

Derin
E30 M3
E28 M535i
E30 325i Touring
E9 3.0CS



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