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