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Re: From a former M3 owner.(More) (archive)

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Posted by Jim Hodel on November 14, 2000 at 15:18:19:

In Reply to: Re: From a former C-5 owner.(More) posted by johnW on November 14, 2000 at 00:30:47:

Now for the counterpoint. After reading all the magazine hype about the M3 (best handling car in America and all that), I bought a new 1998 M3 after only a small test drive.

I can sum up my one and a half year's of ownership with two words - 'Over Rated'

Mostly, it was the engine and gearing I did not like, It is geared way too short for comfortable crusing and compared to a Vette (or even a Z28), it felt strained and always a bit short of breath.
The M3 is desparate for a 6 speed.

I much preferred my Friends 911 C2, overall. I'd also rather have the new S4 then an E36 M3.

I hope the new E46 M3 can solve some of these problems, but the over 3400 pound curb weight turns me off. That is over 300 pounds more 'quality' then you'd get with a Z06.

Jim


Well written, I've had the same experience. But the added problem with the vette is keeping the rear end on the road in sharp turns especially on wet pavement. And it's a joke to try and drive them with any speed on the road, our friendly police can spot them miles away.
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My response to that is I HAVE owned a 1999 C-5 and it was the worst of times and the best of times. This is not a C-5 bash but an observation from one C-5 owner. My wife and I both ordered our Corvette with the museum option. At first we were very excited about our new car. I mean, WOW, we went to Bowling Green to pick it up and drive it home. But then little things came up, like rattles in the interior and the seat breaking. I felt "hey this is not a big deal". After about 700miles the trans went,then about a month later the dash, then the trans again, then the seat motor broke. Finally, I get the car back. About a week and a half later the trans broke again. I owned that car for 310days. The total time spent in the shop with all the different repairs added up to 143days. Yes, GM did buy the car back and yes, I will by another GM product someday (ie truck) but never another Corvette. Now, I understand this sounds like I am bashing GM but I am not. I think the C-5 was a big improvement over the C-4, but the C-5 can not stand up to the quality of a Japanese or German built car. I had a Turbo Supra for 8yrs. It was only in the shop 3 times for work in those 8yrs. The Supra was a great car and I unfortunately got rid of it for the Vette. Oh well. The Vette gave great performance. I paid 35k for a motor,and about 10k for everything else.

Given the Corvette Z06 clearly puts the Dodge Viper and Porsche Turbo into its sights in any given situation on the street or track. Even though this is BMW board,I think that it should be first a car lover board. To conclude,before the many BMW owers on this board bash the Corvette,I'D LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU DROVE A VETTE LATELY.






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