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This is the "Ultimate Driving Machine" by Adrian in Florida on 03/08/2011. Trim: 1997 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Handling & brake with stock components is nothing short of amazing for a 14 year old GT car. Still turns heads despite the newer E46, E90 & E92 versions that currently share the road. It's not unusual to come out of a restaurant or store to find someone checking my car out then asking questions such as "is it for sale?". Engine & drivetrain are super smooth & quiet.
Cons: Minor electrical gremlins I'm sorting out, parts aren't cheap and it should have the 321BHP motor thats it's European cousin received, we were robbed of the E36 M3's true potential.
Overall review: Thus far I've only had to replace a heater hose & alternator at a total expense of approximately $100 since I did all labor myself. The only other expenses have been fluid & filter changes, crankcase, differential etc. etc. Be sure to get a car fax & past maintainence records or walk away as these cars had cooling issues that were taken car of by the previous owner in my case. This may not be the fastest car I've ever owned but it does everything better than most cars claiming the GT status, that includes newer cars. One of the best, if not the best, cars I've ever owned up to this point. If you don't know cars be sure to have one your considering checked out thoroughly. Just because it looks great doesn't mean it is mechanically sound, my M3 fits both prerequsites!
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Great sports. by An MSN Autos Consumer on 05/08/2009. Trim: 1997 BMW M3 Sedan, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Awesome handling, nice acceleration, head turner, and decent gas mileage. Oh, it holds it's value pretty well. The sedan version I owned was great since I have a son.
Cons: Lots of electronic gremlins to deal with but nothing too hard to fix. If you do your research then you can DIY.
Overall review: I'd say the pros outweigh the cons. Great fun car to own.
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Ultimate Performance by Spic on 03/13/2008. Trim: 1997 BMW M3 Sedan, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Very fun performance car. I have never driven anything that has been this enjoyable.
Overall review: This is the best sports car that I have ever owned. Being a four door makes it a very practical car for our family. The performance is extremly good. Would buy another one a the drop of a hat.
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Great overall car by An MSN Autos Consumer on 06/20/2007. Trim: 1997 BMW M3 Sedan, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Handling, Quickness, Exterior styling
Cons: Door panels loosen up with time, other minor interior rattles
Overall review: Bought 3 months ago with 78K on the odometer. Even though it is an Automatic, it has good acceleration and handles marvelously. Love the styling and size of the car. When purchasing make sure to get a complete PPI (Pre-purchase inspection) to uncover all potential issues with these cars as many are driven pretty hard. Look out for cooling system issues, worn shocks and tie rods, and alignments. If everything checks out, go for it! Great performance bang for the buck, especially with the new bodystyle M3's coming out this year.
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the Ultimate Driving Machine it IS!!! by panzerM3 on 08/14/2005. Trim: 1997 BMW M3 Sedan, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Pro's I love my M3, becouse it has a BIG engine!! Yes, It has 321Hp, and of course we have done a little tweeking. And now it's over 330hp. YES I LOVE my M3!!!
Cons: It goes through TIRES to FAST!! With the toe out on the rear, tires go quickly.
Overall review: Overall everyone who drives my M3 gets the greatest smile and the thrill of exelleration of pure freedom, with power and safty to back up the speed!
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