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Posted by Ben on June 09, 2001 at 01:18:58:

Hey Guys-

I have been observing this board for about a year now and I rarely post, I just sit here and read them. Do any of you guys just wish that Bmw would just go back to basics? I mean every generation of M3 has gotten faster yet sloppier. The E30 M3 is the perfect blend of car. It has the speed (you just have to work for it) and it has the track and everyday drivability, it weighs 2750 pounds cant get much better than that. Then thereís the E36 M3 at 3175 pounds this car is no slouch it is also a great car with good power and great handling...but the cars just got too complicated. Every Generation that BMW makes they aim it towards Mercedes. What they do not realize it that BMW's sell well the way they are they donít have to keep making them more luxurious. If you want luxury thatís why you get a 7 or even a 5 but not a 3...that is the Sport Bimmer. Now lets look at the E46 M3. Great car...excellent car but it weighs over 3400 and the convertible weights 3700.... what is BMW doing? You do not put a navigation system in a sports car...The definition of a sports car is a driving machine you do not need all these silly sport buttons because it should always be in sport mode, its a sports car. The real problem I have is that not so much with the E30 M's but mostly with the E36 and hopefully this was just a fad from 95-99 but I fear that it will continue on with the E46's. People just Rice up their cars to the max. In a sports car who needs Big subs? Who needs 20-inch wheels when the car rides Better on the 17's? Who needs superchargers or anything else? There shouldnít even be a radio in these things. Ok letís say you mix the E46 with the E30 you come up with the average weight of 3075. And the average horsepower of 261.5 from maybe a 2.7 liter 4. This would be a no compromise car. This car would have the basics that the E 30 has but the speed that the E46 has. The car could go 0-60 in under 5 and it would handle like a dream. Most people buy BMW's for the image thatís why they have no problem ricing them out. Thatís why they have no problem making them heavy when all they want to do is show off...not with their driving skills but with there bank books or how loud they can play their stereo. The real guys who buy these cars to drive are having trouble because they are turning from the ultimate driving machine into the trendy car that everyone has to have so they can impress the girl that lives down the street. I have an incredible Respect for cars and BMW's Especially but I donít have respect when someone ruins the purity of their cars. I have no respect for chrome wheels that just ad unladen weight and donít do anything but slow the handling and the speed of the car. It kills me when I see a totally nice M'3 but then the first this the person shows me about the car is his Dual subs that put out 200 watts or some trash like that. You guys are always complaining about the sound of the stock stereo. I have a suggestion...turn the radio off and listen to the sweet sounds of the tires struggling for Grip and the engine revving for you. I respect people that are purists and I have observed people on this board, the people that keep this board together...those are the people that I respect. The people who ask, how do I fix this leak or how do I fix that problem. Not the guys who ask how do I manage to fix 20's on my car? How do you disguise the Subs? Or how do I tweak the motor just right so I can drag race with this Honda? I have a suggestion for you take off from the stoplight and you lose from 60 but you make sure its a windy road and while he is spinning out you burn him and teach him who the king of the corners is...not the king of the stoplight. Iím mostly writing this to express my frustration but I am also posting this as a help message to BMW to change the way they are doing things before all their customers are not purists but people who have no respect for the BMW heritage. BMW..Please bring the simplicity back to your cars.

Thanks for Listening
Ben
1990 E30 M3
1991 E30 318is
1992 E36 325is
1997 E36 M3
1998 E38 740iL
Looking to Purchase Low mileage E30 or E36 M3's



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