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

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Posted by Kevin369 on April 25, 2001 at 03:21:24:

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

I had an E36 325i that I changed exhaust, K&N, Eibach/Bilsteins, 17" wheels, etc. I really liked it and sometimes miss it. I really love my E30 M3 because it's something I've wanted since they debuted here in '88 and it is such a unique car. I really like having a piece of BMW and motorsport history and it is a blast to drive. There are faster cars out there nowadays but the sound and feel of an E30 M3 is so special. It is a more involved car to drive than my E36. With the M3 you really try to corner a little faster and try to row through the gears. The E30 M3 begs to be driven fast and hard. Besides, it's a very unqiue looking car too. There's just nothing like it. Now that the E46 M3 is being compared to the "original" M3 it just highlights how great this car is.

Having said that though, I don't drive mine everyday nor would I want to. I drive it about 2-3 times a week only. If you want a good all around car that will get you through your commute and around an autocross or track, then I'd try to buy an E36 M3. While I love the visceral growl and revving of the E30 M3 engine, part of me misses the wonderfully smooth inline 6 of my E36. With the exhaust I had on it I got a great deep rumble out of it. I didn't have any problems with commuting in my 5 spd E36 until I got sick of L.A. traffic and bought an automatic commutermobile. Now that I have my E30 M3 I have the best of both worlds. If I could have my dream it would be an E36 M3 for everyday and an E30 M3 for fun.

Good luck.

PS: Yes, the E30 M3 is a bit of a maintenance pain especially since any one you buy will need some work.

I have always loved the e30 M3. I have been thinking about selling/trading my e36 325i w/95K miles and getting a '90 or '91 M3. I saw a silver one today and it has put a fire under my a$$! It was sweet even stock.

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?

Bottom line - it's an M and I know I will be happy with the switch. I just want to get opinions from e30 M3 owners.


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