In Reply to: M3 ownership questions posted by Sean K on March 05, 2001 at 17:09:39:
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).
E30 325i Touring