In Reply to: Which year best for M3? posted by Andrei D on February 10, 2000 at 13:46:14:
All M3's rock, but 95 M3's came with a larger intake manifold, wilder cams, and stiffer suspension, 96+ M3's understeer at the limit, but that isn't anything a good suspension setup couldn't fix I'm sure. The big difference is the OBDI in the 95 M3 vs the OBDII engine in the 96+ M3. There is plenty about this in the archives.
You can't lose with an M3 in my mind.
Just hurry up and get one.
: 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