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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 07-09-2002, 04:22 PM
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Old 07-10-2002, 08:01 PM
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Wow, great read! I've always wanted to get a good review of an E30 M3 from someone who hadn't driven one before. I haven't even ridden in one yet, but I'm still considering buying one...eventually.

Best quote IMO...

Lots of grip is all well and good, but if you can't feel it, take hold of it between your fingers and s-q-u-e-e-z-e it out of the chassis then you're missing out on one of driving's great pleasures. Surely it's better to have a marginally lower but infinitely more malleable limit than one that offers sky-high cornering speeds but lose-rise tactility?
Makes me want to go out and finally buy that E30 M3 right now before they get even harder to find.
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Old 07-12-2002, 04:16 PM
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M3 vs. M Coupe

Have not driven a e30M3 but have been in a bunch of them on the track in capable hands, and have run my 02 M Coupe at speed on the street and on the track.

Have driven most of what is out there, and the 02 M Coupe is among the easiest most progressive cars to drive hard I have ever owned, and the includes the classic four wheel drifter, the original 2002. I can slide the hell out of the M Coupe, and the worst I get for it is very slight understeer. Have heard that the earlier ones were prone to sudden oversteer, but mine is simply not. If anything, I had to trail brake deeper than I do in my 3 series. Fastest way around a track is to not waste a lot of time sliding, but if you are a little to fast mid corner, it is no big deal (assuming you have the room at track out). New M Coupe is a ***** cat on the track.

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Old 07-17-2002, 09:32 AM
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This article

prompted me to switch from my old E30 M3 to my new M Coupe - that was over 2 years ago!! Dont regret it for an instant but I loved that E30 and still go all dewy-eyed thinking about it!!

I worked in Holland and Germany at the time and it was just the best car to have on those autobahns and fast A roads.
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