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95/96 M3 reliability issues for open track events? (archive)

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Posted by BrianB on June 14, 2000 at 12:40:52:

Howdy all,

I've recently been considering "consolidating" my stable (hah!) of a V8-powered Miata and a '91 535i by selling them and buying an earlier M3, my all-time favorite.

Are there any particular key issues that should concern me about a '95 or '96 M3 if I plan on using it for open track events? I vaguely recall an issue with lifters getting oil-starved and eating engines. If my budget improves, are the later years significantly improved?

Many thanks,
Scotts Valley, CA

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