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