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E30 M3 vs Integrale (archive)

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Posted by Derin on April 18, 2002 at 03:16:08:

In Reply to: E30 M3 convertible posted by Graham Kean on April 17, 2002 at 08:26:04:

When I was looking for my M3 I was also seriously considering an Integrale. I spoke to a few people...including Independent Motor Company who at the time also used to sell a lot of Integrales. They told me that yes the Integrale was a really good driver's car but it was so 'fragile' especially electrics. The said they were stopping dealing in the because they were getting too any disatisfied customers coming back with things broken.

Also I recently had occasion to sit in (but not drive sadly) an Integrale EVO. I have to say that the 'fit and finish' of the interior was not a patch on the M3! In fact, my M3 was parked next to it and it was actually a bit embarrassing because the guy sat in my M3 and you tell he was thinking exactly the same thing.

I think if you get a good M3 and don't need to drive it too much the running costs aren't bad at all.....Infact, so far this is probably the BMW I have had to spend least on in just over a year of ownership (about 4500 miles)...and I've been driving BMWs for 20 years!

Good luck!

Having said that I'm sure they are great to drive. Martin Brundle placed it one position above the M3 in his all time top 10 'Driver's Cars'.
Looking for any advice on buying/running an E30 M3 covertible as I really doo noy know much about them other than I want to buy one once my Lancia Integrale (EVO1) is sold.

It's got to be cheaper than running the Lancia!

All I know is that I want to buy a 1992/1993 car.

I'd be really interested if somebody could give me a rough idea cost wise for servicing.


GRaham Kean

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