In Reply to: The M3 and M5: same stable, different breeds posted by Drex on November 15, 1999 at 01:13:27:
I asked myself the same question earlier this year before I purchased my ´95 M3. I was looking at '91-'93 M5's as well as at the E36 M3's. I'm glad I choose the M3.
Reason? Although the M5 is a fast, elegant & agile car (for any car of it's size & weight) IMHO (I would love to own one the day I have to haul a family around). With similar drivers on the seat, the E34 M5 it's not going to be near as agile as the M3 (or as an E28 M5 in that case), the same way an E36 M3 it's not going to be as agile as an E30 M3. It would all depend what is that you wanna accomplish w/it. If you're planning to track your car quite often & you want a light agile car, I would choose the M3. If you wanna cruise in elegance & style at a very fast pace & you need a more spacious interior (even w/occassional track events), then I would go w/the M5. Either way, both are great cars & you can't go wrong w/either one of them. I would love to have a clean E28 M5 in addition to my E36 M3 in my garage.
'95 M3 (lotsa mods, garage queen soon to be driving school tool)
'88 535i (few mods, comfortable daily driver)