In Reply to: Which year best for M3? posted by Andrei D on February 10, 2000 at 13:46:14:
The 95 engine was a little smaller, but seems to have about the same performance as the 96+. The one benefit there is that you can add a turbo pretty easily and the other mods are a less expensive.
There is a sport and a luxury package that you have to choose between on the 96-97 (years might be wrong) - it's essentially trim and the cars perform the same. 98s and 99s came in one version only.
I've got a 99 and love it. Had some little problems here and there (still have a few). Good luck!!
: This is my first time posting on this board, so please bear with me shoud I make gross mistakes, offend anyone or post a question that was debated many times before.
: I am seriously thinking about getting a second car and was wondering what year is best for a used, low mileage M3 (2 door).
: I know the 95 has a smaller, higher-revving (?) engine and that the 96+ cars are OBDII compliant (not necessarily better) and have a slightly torquier engine. What I would like to know is how they differ in driving, options, other mechanical differences. Was the suspension or brakes changed in these years?
: I was also considering an E30, but it's hard to find perfect low mileage unmodified cars.
: Thanks to all who will take time to respond,
: Andrei D