What Yr,body M3 good for novice autocross

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What Yr,body M3 good for novice autocross

Postby miller1 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:01 pm

Hello I'm new to the site,looking for advice on the purchase of a used M3,my daily driver is wore out,thinking about buying a used M3 1995-2006 for commuter use and local SCCA solo.I"d like to hear some thoughts on coupes vs. saloons vs. conv,E36 vs. E46, only owned 1 BMW 2002 20+ years ago,any info is appreciated.
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Re: What Yr,body M3 good for novice autocross

Postby DEFKON99 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:53 pm

Personally i would think any year would be fine as long as the weak points (rear shock mounts, subframe tearout, and RTAB tearout) and the suspension bushings are beefed up.
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Re: What Yr,body M3 good for novice autocross

Postby M-technik-3 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:57 pm

Purchase the car with the best maintenance records and I would suggest getting a PPI PrePurchase Inspection done.
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Re: What Yr,body M3 good for novice autocross

Postby miller1 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:19 pm

We buy all of our cars wrecked from a salvage auction,had real good luck with mechanical issues,the original concern is: the handling characteristics between an E36 and E46,is there a noticeable difference? Thanks
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Re: What Yr,body M3 good for novice autocross

Postby Adam » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:12 pm

Welcome! The E36 is lighter than the E46, but the E46 has more horsepower. The E36 is gaining popularity as a track car. I had my '99 on the track this past Sunday and it was just amazing.

I don't think it matters if you go coupe or sedan, unless you want a dedicated track car, then go coupe so it's easier to get in and out over the door when the window is down. Some clubs don't allow convertibles on the track, so you probably should stay away from those.
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