In Reply to: European spec M3 posted by steve on March 13, 1999 at 19:32:47:
Depending where you live (whether you have emissions or not) it makes more sense to get a US M3 and purchase a euro tranny and engine. The reason is crash test certification. If you have a US chassis and change parts you are safe (unless where you live has emissions). However, if you import a car, even if its the same chassis as one imported into the US, it either needs to be certified to pass US spec or destroyed after a year. And the customs people do check after a year.
It makes more sense to try and get a used M3, lightweight if possible, and buy the euro components of your choice and add them on. Saves money, and will be smart. But DO remember that servicing euro components is a pain.