This is a difficult weak for me to say nice things about either of my BMWs. The pin that holds the gear shift linkage let go on the M3, requiring a tow to a local shop. Then, upon using the E30 as backup, the alternator bearings began doing not-good things and within the course of 12 hours, both cars were deposited at the mechanic’s abode. Not earth-shattering repairs mind you, but not anticipated, either. Regardless, upon looking at the big picture and realizing I get to drive an M3 every day for not much more than the cost of fuel and reasonable insurance, I can’t complain when the occasional repair comes calling. That’s why I like this M3 sedan an awful lot, especially for commuters or couples with 1.5 kids in tow. Why the hell would you not jump at the chance to have a daily driver like this?
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I share a parking lot with a BMW CCA driving instructor, an individual who regularly participates in track days. Every time he sees my ’95 M3, I get another persuasive lecture on how I should be getting the proper training and having the car set up for high-performance driving events. Although I like mine in its current stock daily driver configuration, the sheer number of track-prepped E36 M3s that appear with regular frequency on eBay and other sites indicate that my driving instructor buddy isn’t the only one that recoils at the site of an under-utilized M3. Of course, when I see a number like “…over $40K in upgrades…”, I realize there’s more than one reason why a track-prepped E36 is nothing I will own anytime soon.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 BMW M3 Sedan track car on eBay
Our friends over at MotoringConBrio.com have impeccable taste in cars, as evidenced by their unique photo choices in the weekly “Assorted Grab Bag of Things We Like.” They have a way of reinforcing my car tastes, making me constantly say “Yes! Exactly! I didn’t think anyone else thought quite like that!” while often expanding my horizons, like thinking “Oh damn, you’re right: that French car IS hot.” Case in point; their current garage holds a Euro-bumpered E28 M5 and an E36 M3 sedan. If this isn’t your first time reading this blog, I need not explain more.
Well, apparently the time has come to focus the collection and the E36 didn’t make the cut. A hesitant seller means a lucky buyer, and whoever snags this E36 is among the latter. A clean daily driver with outstanding performance, it exemplifies this model’s aptitude for carving corners with a baby seat in the back. Well-priced with middling miles, MCB writes a description like someone who has read and critiqued a hell of a lot of car ads; succinct with all pertinent info and full honesty. This car won’t last long.
Click for more details: 1998 BMW M3 Sedan for sale on MotoringConBrio.com
It’s been a while since we’ve featured a collection of rare parts and accessories. It may STILL be snowing as I write this, but it’s never too early to consider upgrades for the spring. Here is a selection of interesting things out there this week: