In Reply to: which M3? posted by Joel on January 03, 2000 at 23:49:37:
: Understand that the 95 year had a "hand built" motor but that the 96 was more sophisticated. What does this mean?
Not sure about the hand built thing. 95' used OBDI (On Board Diagnostics I), 96' and later uses OBDII. From what I understand OBDI cars are a little easier to modify, but there are lots of modified OBDII cars. There are other differences which I am sure someone will elaborate on.
I prefer a 4 door with fold own seats.
I believe the 4 door models were only produced in 97' & 98'. My coupe's seats fold down.
More interested in acceleration and handling than top speed.
The M3 is a quick car and the handling is one of the best in the world. Acceleration can be improved with modifications. The Best-Handling Car for More Than $30,000
Does the automatic version still feel fast or should I stick with a stick?
Definately stay with manual transmission. Not so much for the speed but for driving enjoyment. Not sure how this effects resale value. Most M3 buyers will want a manual. 99' coupe model available only with manual. Not sure about automatic availability in other years. I have a 99'.
Heard that the four doors are more well balanced.
Not sure about that. I thought the coupes have near perfect weight distribution.
Anyway, have only driven a 95. Am I better off getting a 325 or 328 and dropping $3000 on the suspension? Confused.
Well you could do that but you would be missing one of the best parts of the M3...the M engine. Unless you are trying to build a race car from the ground up you just a well get an M3.
Hope this helps a little.
99' M3 Techno