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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 07-24-2014, 02:24 PM
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Been looking at E36 M3's all day. Does anyone know a good year M3?
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Been looking at E36 M3's all day. Does anyone know a good year M3?
Do you want 2 doors, or 4 ?
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I'm looking for two door IV been looking on auctions but haven't found many nice ones and in all honesty the 01 e46 m3 looks way to round faced
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Shouldn't this be posted in the E36 Section? I think the 1996 E36 M3 came with a bit more torque. Not sure though.

Also, the E36 are passed 15 years. Can't we start importing these vehicles from Germany? Probably a bit expensive...
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Shouldn't this be posted in the E36 Section? I think the 1996 E36 M3 came with a bit more torque. Not sure though.

Also, the E36 are passed 15 years. Can't we start importing these vehicles from Germany? Probably a bit expensive...
I question the wisdom of that....German cars lead a hard life out there on the Autobahn....
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You think i can get a proper 36 m3 from Germany for under 8 grand I was looking for wrecked ones after all I got my car wrecked but it has always been a dream to have an m3



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Been looking at E36 M3's all day. Does anyone know a good year M3?
1995 M3 had suspension components unique to that model year (at least here in the U.S), including front springs, CABs and strut mounts. Although following years were also very good and had a bit more power, to me the 1995 setup really hit a performance "sweet spot" that BMW has never achieved since. Car and Driver called it the best handling car sold in America. Of course, finding an E36 M3 that has not been abused is getting very hard, so I would not pass up any model year if it seems well cared for.
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Do I need to worry about a lot, repair wise? Is the cooling system weak like my E46? Can I rely on it not to overheat?


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If you cant keep an e46 in good condition you wont keep an m3 running for a week.

Sucessful m3 owners are one of two kinds.

1. Loaded with money so they get it all done for them.

2. Knows how to work on a car and still has a decent income to do the work themselves.

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They have to be checked every 20-30k normally they won't need adjustment until 50-60k since the last adjustment.

Valve adjustments happen at every inspection... the car asks for inspection 10-15k after an oil change. The cost for the valve adjustment is $800-1000.
e36 m3 is around $200 to $400.

Im not putting this here to help as much as for someone else in the future that runs across this thread.
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I have a job but I dont make that much but i have my dad who is pro with working on cars. If he helps me could I still be able to own a m3?


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My E46 has high mileage, like 176k, and it had problems even from the auction.


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Ask him if he is any good at adjusting solid lifters that require shimming. I imagine he will tell you to find another hobby.

Its not something you want as a daily driver. Its more of a weekend toy type thing to deal with.
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Is there a difference between a CI or an I model (ex: 330ci vs 330i) make a difference. My brother has a 325ci and its quicker then mine.


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Shouldn't this be posted in the E36 Section? I think the 1996 E36 M3 came with a bit more torque. Not sure though.

Also, the E36 are passed 15 years. Can't we start importing these vehicles from Germany? Probably a bit expensive...
If you ever think of importing E36 M3, do it soon. Now it's not considered rare classic yet, but prices will go up.
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Never knew the same car could be more powerful.


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How much would it cost to impart an e36 m3 right now?


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