In Reply to: Need some advice on E30 M3's (also, rant included) posted by Micah Cranman on July 19, 2001 at 17:13:15:
IMHO, with the disposable income you say you have you will not have trouble maintaining the M3. Parts and labour can be expensive but nothing that $800-$1500 / month can't sort out. Just pick up a good one to save the hassle.
Now, my personal experience with the insurance/accident argument: In my 12year driving career I have been rather 'enthusiastic' driver. I had crashes (some serious) with ALL the cars I had before the M3 due to my 'over the limits' approach with cars that were not designed to be driven hard. I was trying to get my kicks by driving at 11+/10ths with cars that were not designed with 'driver satisfaction' in their engineers briefs.
But the M3 is different. It is not only its huge capabilities, it is the fact that it remains faithfull to you no mater how hard you drive and also that you can have FUN (with capital letters) and still be well the driving envelope of the car. It is designed to be driven hard and remain under control.
Under this 'personal' perspective, it is the safest car I have ever owned. Thisis how it works for me.
BTW, yes my father (who spend the last 12 years hoping I would not be killed in a accident!) hates the M3.