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Either they didn't break in the engine...(more (archive)

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Posted by Sam L on February 10, 2000 at 15:56:42:

In Reply to: Thanks, plus question about how fast posted by Andrei D on February 10, 2000 at 14:27:53:

or the driver wasn't shifting at the precise points. They probably tested out a brand new M3 w/ like 10 miles on the odometer. Also, the engines aren't exactly the same as the next, (for example, BMW chooses strong engines to put in lightweight M3's) so the tester M3 may have been a weaker engine.

: Thanks for your input.

: One question I've always had is when it first came out, the car mags recorded 0-60 times around 6 sec. The last tests (on 99 cars) show times around 5.5 sec. Is there usually a big variance between cars, or the new models are faster? Or are the car mag testers just idiots?

: Not necessarily interested in drag racing, but it's good to know.

: Andrei D

: : Hey, welcome...

: : 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!!

: : Dave

: : : Hello,

: : : 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

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