In Reply to: Re: HELP Buying M3 -- Now or 2000 posted by Loc on May 17, 1999 at 00:19:30:
: 1) I heard the car will have steering wheel button shifters. Will a stick shifter still be offered?
already an option in Europe, we most likely won;t get it
: 2) I heard the car would have >340hp. Does that mean the car will be closer to $50k? I would have to reevaluate the new Vette.
it will have at least 340hp...the more i think about it (and looking at the cars other manufacturers are coming out with) the less i think the increase will be...please no corvette
: 3) The new 3-series was made softer, therefore, less fun to drive. Will the M3 get the same treetment?
probably the biggest fear of the BMW enthusiast
: 4) I saw reference to a new model - 330i sport, which is supposed to be the current E36 M3. Just a reference from another newsgroup.
it is just a 330 (sport added on teh end means it has the sports package)...and yeah it is coming next summer with 210-220hp
: 5) Will the car be of the highest quality the first year? Maybe I'll let early adopters figure that one out first.
every car has it's first year bugs, but the major bugs should be worked out since the E46 has already been out for a year
: 6) Most importantly, what are my chances of getting my hands on one of them since there will be a mad rush from fanatics to grab one? The dealers should make a nice profit when this rush occur. So if I could get in line for one, how much will the dealer screw me by?
demand will be high, MSRP will be the rule...not a bad plan to drive an E36 M3 now and wait til teh 2nd year...depending on price, demand will slow but by how much? the M3 has always been a good seller (unlike the E34 M5 which stopped US production a full 2 years before it was discontinued in Europe)