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Popular for a reason by DanielZee from Tucson on 12/21/2007. Trim: 1995 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Performance, acceleration, handling, braking, good air conditioning, looks. Pass thru to trunk using fold down rear seats. Throaty exhaust note. Fun to drive.
Cons: Interior problems, such as door panels covering separating from panel and bubbles, headliner separating, door panel separates from door (poor design and fit). Sliding sunroof switch panel fell apart due to heat on plastic.
Overall review: I've had two E-30s, an E-34, an E-36 and this M3 E-36. This by far is the most fun to drive, handles great, is generally well made, easy to work on. The AC works great (after changing the cabin filter and adding refrigerant) but the heater not so well. The sport seats are firm and holding, and the only complaint I really have is the door panels. They don't stay firm on the metal chassis due to the plastic pin design, and the vinyl itself has separated from the fiberboard panel. Overall, it looks and drives great, I just need to slow down some, at 95 it seems like you're doing 75.
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BMWs Ultimate ///M Car by Gianluca on 09/14/2006. Trim: 1995 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: I have recently purchased a 1995 BMW ///M3 that was originally from Texas (I'm Canadian) and at the time of the inspection, prior to the purchase, the car had 80,000 miles on it. After half an hour of thourough inspection, my mechanic came up to me and told me that the car, for it's age (now 11 years old) is in perfectly mint conditions. He said, just a few things needed to be change since some hoses and other parts on the car do age and eventually needed to be change and he annouced that the total cost would rage under $150. Ever since the ///M division has be involved with BMW the cars that have come out of the factory are exactly what you should expect, a 3,5,6 series based car ...
Cons: I have seen the all the inspection and maintenance done on the car and the previous owner has never had major problems, such as transmition and anything in that matter. This generation of M3 was extremely reliable and just need the routinely maintenance. The only hick is that BMW, like any other car company, will charge you large amounts just for a routine check up. If you can get away with most of the maintenance, go to another garage and the car will still be running amazing. Although, anything that is BMW mandatory save up some money because once you get out of the dealership you'll have a whole in your pocket.
Overall review: (continuation of Pros.) ...but with the components and parts needed to make the simple daily sedan or coupe in an Ultimate Sport Car. The second generation M3 (95-99) was still very well built since it only had the strict necessities. In addition, the M3 Superlight was even more of a race car since it basically came downn to just a seat, some roll bar, a stearing wheels and the gaz pedal to push that amazing 3.0 L I6 all the way to 250 hp. The 95 M3 I purchased was stock except for a few thing, the owner had put a performance chip (give out 330 hp), change the exhaust line and put all round racing suspension. After I test drove the car I was amazed at how an 11 year old car can stillbe this clean and with on those few modification take on a brand new 06M3. This is the Ultimate BMW and with it's price index it's a car that is worth purchasing. I bought mine at $18,500 and had to spend all-in-all less then $1,000 for new tires and the few old parts that needed to be changed.
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I liked my M3 by An MSN Autos Consumer on 12/30/2005. Trim: 1995 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned 6 years.
Pros: performance,handling,relatively reliable,sporty,
Cons: I didn't like interior.
Overall review: Great car, very fun to drive
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Well rounded, fun, and timeless. by DaMaC on 11/06/2004. Trim: 1995 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned 1 year.
Pros: This car is an all around good daily driver/weekend fun car. Gas mileage is good for the performance (averaging about 23 mpg city up to 28 on the highway). Handling, braking, and power are well balanced. Looks are understated, classy, and timeless. Very fun to drive. Easy to work on for the do-it-yourselfer.
Cons: Horrible stock headlights (get euro spec ZKW factory lights to solve the problem). Sport seats get a little uncomfortable after a long drive. Repairs can be expensive at a dealership. If you buy your own parts and do the work yourself, it's not as bad as you would expect for an older specialty BMW. Interior electronics (power windows, gauge cluster lighting, on board computer) can be finicky at times, losing illumination or functioning improperly.
Overall review: I never want to get out when I reach my destination. I find myself searching for the long way home. Repairs can be spendy, but well worth it. The benefits outweigh the downfalls by far. I highly recommend this car.
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The ultimate everyday sports car by Jason, Cincinnati, OH on 10/11/2004. Trim: 1995 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned 2 years.
Pros: The ultimate blend of supercar performance (at least by 1995 standards) and everyday drivability/practicality. This car does everything well from excellent fuel economy, reliability, quality to the best hadling of any car still built today. Also a lot of readily available aftermarket tuner parts to personalize the car. 145,000 miles and runs and drives like new.
Cons: Poorly constructed door panels, Information display pixels go out, exhaust mounting problems.
Overall review: The ultimate everyday sports car, especially for the money.
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