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Posted by dqm3 on September 12, 2000 at 11:33:11:

In Reply to: Re: Questions about the M3 posted by JRP on September 12, 2000 at 10:59:22:

I completely agree with you. The M3 is a refined sports car. It's very well balanced. Handling is unbeatable. There are a lot of cars out there that are faster in a straight line but when it comes to twisty roads, that's where the M3 really shines. Nice balance between power and handling. My only gripe is that doing modifications to an M3 is very expensive. It's very difficult to get big power with simple mods. If you're looking for sheer power look to the Supra or something similar to that.

My first car was a 1981 320i. It was way underpowered and the steering felt heavy for such a light car. Then I switched to an Alfa Romeo Milano and I couldn't believe how beautiful the engine sounded. Unfortunately, my Milano was plagued with problems. The only good thing about it was that I still had the original clutch after 270,000 miles. Finally, I changed to an M3. All I can say it was like night and day between the two cars.

I was thinking of getting rid of my POS Mustang GT to get a fine german sports coupe.

M3's are certainly much more than "fine" --- the cars that came before mine were a Camaro IROC-Z, Eclipse GSX, and a 3000GT VR-4. Those cars were a lot of fun but felt like a bunch of Kelly Bundy's next to the M3's Meg Ryan (one dimensional versus an outstanding overall package).

I currently have two --- a 95 which we've had since it was new. It now has over 80K miles. It has experienced ZERO problems and has developed not a single rattle or squeak. I bought a used 99 three weeks ago. It had 4 problems: out of alignment, squealing brakes, squeaky clutch, and intermittent ASC/ABS warning lights. All have been taken care of.

Others here can tell you a lot more about available modifications. However, I must warn you that if you do get an M3, just about everything else you drive will feel like an inadequate piece of crap.

J.R.





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