In Reply to: Which year best for M3? posted by Andrei D on February 10, 2000 at 13:46:14:
BigPerm has driven four different M3s
2 95 coupes, a 97 sedan, and a 99 coupe.
the 96+ feel a little faster in the begginnning
but not as fast above 45 mph (one 95 stock, the other is my 95 with ECIS euro HFM + turner chip)
as far as racing experience my 95 has beaten (some by less than half a car length) all other //M3s (6). I think most will agree the 95 is faster, C&D listed the 95 as 0-60 in 5.4 while 96+ were 5.8 I think. top end my car runs from 60mph to 110 so fast without my V1 i would have lost my license long ago. All //M3s are dope, but I would pick a 95.
: 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