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    How long have you owned your M3?


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    almost 8 years

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    7.5 yrs, put on over 100k miles


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    Just sold it, VERY sad about it!


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    This one, 5 yrs. Also a 1995 M3 for 2 years.


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    How do you like this one compared to your '95?


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    Re: How do you like this one compared to your '95?


    Ultimately, I liked the 1996 better than the 1995. Surprisingly, most of the reason was because my 1996 was a luxury package, and the seats are far more functional. If the vader seats were as good as they looked, they'd be one hell of a seat. Sadly, they do not adjust as far back or as far down to the floor pan as the luxury seats, nor do they have "functional headrests". Without a helmet, vader headrests do give you anything to lean back on. I was a vader seat "fan boy" before I owned a car with them.

    Other differences..... My 1995 had occasionally ticky hydraulic lifters. Sometimes one or two would be loud and make the otherwise well running 3.0 liter sound like a sewing machine. Kind of embarrassing while going through a drive-thru. My 3.2 never did that. Ever.

    The 1995 was better in that it set far less engine fault codes (not nearly as many codes to trip, particularly emissions related). Half as many oxygen sensors, and excemption from the "plug in" OBD2 emissions test.

    I like that the 1996 M3 had "i-bus" CD changer wiring, which allowed my BMW CD43 in-dash CD player control the CD changer.

    Performance wise, they were both equal footing. The 1995 didn't have as much around-town low-end that the 3.2 has, but the "peakier" power delivery made it feel a little more exciting to drive in the revs. I actually kind of preferred the flatter power delivery curve of the 3.2, but they both were incredibly fun in either flavor.

    The staggered wheels of the 1996+ cars is a blessing and a curse. I liked the more neutral handling of the non-staggered 17x7.5's with 235/40-17 tires, but I did like having the larger 17x8.5 wheels on the rear. The best factory wheel setup on any year M3 is to use four of the 17x8.5 rear wheels, with 245/40-17's front and rear. Then you're rotatable, have more traction, and more neutral handling. (I did this with my 330i which also had the same sized staggered setup -- just but a second set of staggereds, and make a set of 17x7.5 for the winter, and 17x8.5 for summer... perfect!).

    My advise to anyone deciding between a 1995 or 1996+ E36 M3 is to buy the car you like best. Whether it's based on the color combination, service records, or the test drive. I would not discriminate against either OBD1 or OBD2 version M3, and would gladly buy another 1995 M3..... especially if it had the luxury seats. ;-)

    To those M3 owners.... go take your M3 out for a blast for me.


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    Re: How long have you owned your M3?

    Bought mine in February of 1999 with 27k miles on it. This is the best car I have ever owned. Even after 130k+ miles and a major accident this is a better car than anything else I have ever bought. My 2001 X5 is a close second though

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    is Penrite really that good an oil?

    saw a review from an Aussie magazine it had impressive results, but I wasn't exactly sure about the method used.

    I have recently become enchanted with Redline for motor altho I am using it in the rest of the drive train. I believe Penrite scored better.

    I have seen a better method by the US motorcycle magazine Sport Rider but they didn't do main line oils.

    We can't get Penrite. Just curious.

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    Plus 3 days and counting

    The engine in this beast just wants to go and go and GO !!!!!!!!!!

    Every other car on the road is too slow now. I must take the M3 to the track and feel what it really wants to do. The handling and suspension is so tight but still very comfortable for me.

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    7.5 years and only 34K miles

    Funny, I was just talking to someone last night about this--it has only been in the shop once since I've owned it (an airbag sensor). A joy to drive and a joy to maintain. Amazing machine.

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    what year is yours? only 34k total on the car?


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    '98 sedan--got it with 42K, so now at 76K


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