The other day, Paul wrote up a 1998 M3 Sedan being sold by the premium dealer Enthusiast Auto Group. This isn’t that car, so if you’re looking for the best sedan available you’re better off looking at that post. However, if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, this sedan might fill the need. While the E36s didn’t get the full-fat M motors that Europe saw, this particular example has rectified that motivational issue by replacing the venerable inline-6 with a Chevy 6.0 V8 hybrid and mated it to a Tremec 6-speed manual. Interested? I was:
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BMW has done much to advance the notion of a sport sedan throughout history, but few embody the concept better than the E36 M3 Sedan. Available for just two short years here in the US, a four-door M3 wouldn’t reappear for another decade until the V8 engined E90 M3 arrived on the scene. A lot of these M3 sedans are equipped with the automatic gearbox, but this Alpine White example for sale at Enthusiast Auto Group has the desirable 5-speed manual gearbox and has covered less than 100,000 miles.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M3 Sedan on AutoTrader
An automatic E36 isn’t likely high on the list of enthusiasts’ must-haves, but when they feature low-mileage in a rare color with the unusual sunroof-delete option box checked, one might pay closer attention. This 1997 328is has covered only 32,000 miles and is painted in gorgeous Calypso Red paint, an usual shade in a sea of Alpine Whites. I’m not sure if I’d swap a manual into this car or just enjoy it as is – a very pleasant highway cruiser in mint condition, and it looks like the bidders agree: activity is already quite busy, with the latest bid surpassing $7,000, for an automatic E36! Maybe folks are just realizing that a clean E36 is a rare bird, and it’s time to start chasing the few that remain.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 BMW 328is on eBay
Last week’s M3 v. S4 10K showdown wasn’t particularly a success, I’ll admit. No one wanted the question marks behind those two modified cars that were arguably overprice and too-high mileage. I’m back today with another duo, and as always I’ve tried to spice it up a bit. Today we’re going to look at a E36 M3 Sedan versus a E46 M3 Convertible. No brainer? Ah, but the sedan has an automatic and is the semi-polarizing Techno Violet. Not to let the E46 run away with things either, the E46 is the less-desirable convertible with the less-desirable SMG transmission with many, many more miles. Yet, they’re offered around the same price, which begs the question “Which would you choose”? Let’s look at the sedan first: