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Re: Any e30 M owners have an e36 as previous car? (archive)

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Posted by CFL on April 24, 2001 at 23:34:53:

In Reply to: Any e30 M owners have an e36 as previous car? posted by Jorge on April 24, 2001 at 20:11:16:

For those who have owned both models - will I be happy with the switch? Is maintenance a problem with the e30 Ms? How is reliability compared to a '92 e36? Is cost of owning more? Anything I should look for when shopping? In terms of $, will it be an even swap?

Happy with the switch? Dunno. Depends, do you like a smooth 6 cylinder engine with torque, or do you like a rev happy, buzzy 4 cyl engine that pulls all the way to 7800 rpm?

Maintenance a problem? Depends. Can you wrench? If answer is yes, no problem. If answer is no and you need mechanics to fix stuff, yes you'll spend waaaay too much money on repairs.

Next point, cost of owning a *well* cared for M3 meaning refreshing the ignition components, suspension and bushings, shifter components, all fluids, etc... Yes the E30 M3 will cost you more than an E36 which is still relatively new.

The E30 M3 is a great track car, if you don't track it you're missing the point of owning this car (not that I care what you do with yours). Just my opinion. The E36 is a better all around car. The M3 isn't the best daily driver (noisy, stiff, no-torque, etc...)

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