In Reply to: Thanks for insightful comments posted by Randy G on October 21, 1999 at 18:44:18:
Randy, a couple of quick comments - Steering feel. On the one Honda I owned it was not so much feel as assist. The Honda had much more assist, a quicker ratio and OK feel. My M3 does not have as quick a ratio ... actually may even be a bit woolly. But feel is far better, I can feel every little nuance that the road has(not intrusive mind ya but the feel is there) and everything the tire is doing especially nearing breakaway. Speaking of tires and limits, Tires have a great deal to do with handling on the limit. The stock MXXX3s are great tires for that breakaway transition while a set of CZ91 (Contenentals) were very abrupt. Yoko AVS Sports are very similar to the MXXX3s with nice breakaway characteristics. I dont know for sure but it could be the shoulder design that makes for such a big difference. The CZs were very squared off while the Yokos and MXXX3s are a bit more rounded.
Just my .02cents
95 ///M3 JimC ///Motivated
: Interesting that a couple of people mentioned that the E46 is softer than the E36. That alone is enough to make me decide that if I do get an E46-based car, it will have to be an M3. Of all the cars I've owned, the ride I liked best was my Porsche 924 for the first week after I had new Bilsteins put on it. Yeah! Then they softened up, but it was nice while it lasted.
: On my next test drive (which will definitely be an M3 with manual transmission), I'll have to find a place where I can push it a bit without going down a 100-foot hill if I miscalculate.
: Anyone who's lost it in an M3 care to comment about how sharp the edge is, how much warning you get before you find yourself looking back the way you came? One thing I discovered when I had my Porsche is that almost all Porsche owners have a story about the time they spun out. That power-on understeer/trailing throttle oversteer thing bites, in more ways than one.