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BMW M3, Coupe, Convertible
#20 of 249 Re: BMW M3 Owners: Problems & Solutions [KarenS]
Aug 29, 2005 (1:50 pm)
I have a 2001 M3 coupe with 25,000 miles and it is time to replace the rear Continental ContiSportContact rear tires (255/40ZR18). The fronts look like they will last a couple thousand more miles. Tire Rack has them at an attractive price - $139 each - at least compared to the Michelins and Bridgestones. The wear specs shown for the Contis are the lowest at 160 AA for the rear, while most of the others are 220 AA. These tires have produced substantial road noise. I'd like to find tires with better wear and that are quieter, and I realize specs don't always give the best indication of how it will be to live with these tires. I have owned a '95 M3 and a Turbo944 in the past. The 944 had Dunlop D40 M2s that handled well, wore well (>30K miles) and were quiet, but I don't think these aren't made anymore. Does anyone have any recommendations about tires for the M3 coupe?
#21 of 249 Re: BMW M3 Owners: Problems & Solutions [daler2]
by kyfdx HOST
Aug 29, 2005 (1:55 pm)
You got 25K out of the rear tires on an M3? Wow.. that is fantastic..
On another note... You can't compare wear ratings across brands... 160 for Continental may be the same as 400 for Michelin (not likely, exaggeration to make a point). I know that is counter-intuitive and illogical, but is fact, nonetheless...
If you call tirerack.com, ask for Gary... He owns an E36 M3, and really is their resident expert on BMWs...
I really don't have any suggestions for tires that wear well on an M3... most people are looking for maximum handling on those cars.. I think you did pretty darn well with the Contis....
#22 of 249 Re: BMW M3 Owners: Problems & Solutions [kyfdx]
Aug 29, 2005 (5:21 pm)
I talked to Gary (I had also seen his name mentioned on the TireRack site as well). He said essentially all the tires in this category tend to become more and more noisy as they wear. He also said the Contis were clearly the best value (they had gotten a great price from Conti) and that the performance and wear of the others tires listed on TireRack for my car were not much better (if at all) for the added cost. He also said if I could get 25K out of the Contis there was little to gain from switching. So I guess I'll order the Contis. At least I know how they will handle and wear (and make noise). Besides, at the price I can almost by two of the Contis for the price of one of the Michelins.
#23 of 249 Buying an M3 from a rust prone state
Sep 03, 2005 (4:14 pm)
I'm looking at a couple of 2001 M3s being sold in MN, NY, and NJ. I'm concerned that I will have rust problems later down the road. Should I steer away from buying a car from a rust-prone state, or am I just being paranoid?
#24 of 249 Re: Buying an M3 from a rust prone state [uponone]
by kyfdx HOST
Sep 03, 2005 (8:25 pm)
Unless you are buying a car that was manufactured in the '80s, then you have nothing to worry about... New cars that are washed at least monthly just don't rust anymore, unless they have had body damage and a poor repair/paint job.
If the car looks to be well taken care of, rust should never be an issue, no matter where it comes from... especially a BMW..
#25 of 249 Re: rollover protection [martyman]
Sep 20, 2005 (7:53 pm)
Hi definetley go for it man. My father got the 1999 bmw m3 convertible green with tan interior 5spd manual when it first came out now the scoop with the roll bars are there is a system in the car that will deploy the roll bars that are located behind the passengers headrest it will punch out the plastic window when the systems reaches a certant angle like a pengelum and it will deploy quikly and this saves lifes its amazeing it comes standard on m3's
#26 of 249 Re: M3 out of control [hpesq]
Dec 03, 2005 (9:39 am)
Well this message is about a year old but I have to say I think I have the same problem with my M3. The people who responded are on the wrong track I think because the problem does not occur when you decelerate but actually happens when you accelerate, it does in my case anyways.
My problem started a few months after I got my M3 Nov 2004. It was happening almost exclusively in 1st gear, usually on a cold start but not always and very intermitently. It would start bucking wildly as I accelerated usually from a stand still position until I geared up which I would have to do quickly to cancel the bucking action. The more you accelerate the rougher the jerking. The dealer had a problem identifying it and the 3rd time it was in they had it for over a week had some german bmw guy look at it did some minor work and when I got it back it started bucking in 2nd gear mostly instead of first. Lately it has been running fairly smooth but with the cold weather I think it might become more frequent. If the problem persists I think I need to take it back to the dealer.
I went to another dealer recently but they could not identify the problem. The mechanic said he has encountered similar problems with other customers and said in sport mode this is not uncommon as you need to apply constant and heavier acceleration as it was meant to be driven in sport mode. I told him I have the problem in any mode and the more acceleration the more it bucks; he didnt seem to believe me.
#27 of 249 95? M3 Dashboard Shift Indicator on
Jan 31, 2006 (9:21 pm)
Was over at a friends house looking at his BMW M3 series. Not quite sure on the year. I thinks its a 95. Anyways, the dashboard indicator light is on referring to a problem with the electronic shift. The car is an automatic, and when you drive it, it has no power when the accelerator is pushed down. In the owners manual, it states that this condition is due to the car stuck in 4th gear. Is there some kind of sensor I can check? Or any type of "transmission control module" I should be looking for? I'm not a mechanic, just a DIY type person who likes to tinker with cars.
Feb 06, 2006 (4:44 pm)
I havnt bought a bmw yet but im looking to buy my first car within the next 2 months. ive always wanted an M3 and now that i have the money to buy one I have a dilemma, I cant decide what color I want it in. id like to hear peoples opinions. p.s it would be a 02' 0r 03' model
#29 of 249 Re: new car [irockdiesel7]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Feb 06, 2006 (8:10 pm)
I like mystic blue. The new reds are awful IMO. Anthracite metallic is kind of nice but a bit understated. I don't think the green fits an M3. Silver is nice but very common.