In Reply to: Hi Sean.... posted by Derin on March 06, 2001 at 12:29:21:
BTW...I've hit just over 140 mph in my M535i !!...and they're a lot cheaper to buy than an M3!
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?
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
Thanks for the advice! I just turned 17 and have been driving for exactly 2 years. Currently I drive my fathers 91 Saturn. It is slow but handles decent. I understand all too well about speeding and traffic tickets. I used to be a cumpulsive speeder and that was the main reason I wanted this car. But after a year of driving very fast and irresposibly (I hit 105mph in a Saturn) I was jerked back down to reality by a speeding ticket 3 months ago. I was on my way home from work going slower than usual and got pulled over going 75 mph in a 40 zone. I took $270 out of my banking account twords the M3. I realized that driving fast is reserved for the track. I still want a M3, but I will wait a few years until I can afford to go to the track drive that fast again.
Thanks again for the advice! Can you send me a pic of your M3? I love looking at the different ones!
P.S.- At driving school for my ticket I met a guy who let me drive his Porsche Boxter (a yellow one!) a few laps around the parking lot.
Isn't a M535i a pre M5 with an E28 chassis that never made it to the US? Where are you from? Are they available in the US? If so, are they realiable/ inexpensive to maintain? Also, if you could, I would like a picture of it. I've never seen one!