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BMW M3, Coupe, Convertible
Mar 07, 2006 (4:18 am)
My sweetie and I are co-owners of a used auto Dealership.We both love BMW's and we specialize in BMW's and their restoration. We have approximately 25 BMW's ranging from a 1970 model 2002 up to a 1995 740i, 2-1991 M5's, a 1997 M-3, 2-1990 525i's, a 1998 528i, and a 1989 730i. So we are familar with BMW's. We are looking at a 1997 BMW that is being advertized as an M3, But it says that there is an automatic transmission in it. I could see on the pictures that it only has a Single Exhaust. I was under the impression that the M-Class cars only came w/a manual trani and I have never seen one w/single exhaust. I think they are wrong and they have a 330i w/ a M3 emblem. What do you all think? I love the 330i but not if I am paying for a M3.
Thanks a bunch for any insight at all!
#32 of 250 Re: Vin Decode [beemer_girl_70]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 07, 2006 (7:06 am)
Don't mess around, check the VIN # and do a CARFAX if you are suspicious of any modern car.
#33 of 250 Selling an Engine Rebuilt Kit and Reconditioned Parts
Mar 19, 2006 (9:09 am)
I have listed a Chrysler Master Engine Rebuild Kit and some reconditioned parts on E-Bay and I am getting very few lookers. Is there an auction site where I would get a better response?
#34 of 250 Re: M3 out of control [m3owner2004]
Apr 11, 2006 (9:24 pm)
Hey Frank, I have a 2005 smg model coupe and I have had the same problem. I asked the dealer about it and we took a test drive. Basically he said that in sport mode that will happen and that it was a driver issue in terms of throttle control. Anyway as the car has aged it has gotten a little better but a cold start will make it jerk that way and the only way I get around it is by accelerating fully, which makes me look like a n jerk. I wonder if anyone else has this problem in 1st gear and how they get around it?
#35 of 250 actual M3 mpg?
May 09, 2006 (10:09 pm)
is it accurate to say the 06 M3 gets 16mpg city / 23mpg highway?
#36 of 250 Re: M3 out of control [phatcat1]
May 10, 2006 (8:01 pm)
im not sure if i know exactly what you are talking about, but if you're talking aobut the jerking that occurs when driving slowly in 1st gear its because you need to switch into 2nd gear. if in manual mode thats easy to do, but in automatic, to switch, release the gas for about a second and press on it again this should allow the SMG transmission to switch to 2nd gear on its own.
This happens because the car starts at an aggressive gear ratio, you can lower it by pressing on the down button of the button below the stick. When the gear ratio isn't at an aggressive setting it shouldn't ever jerk because you won't need to go up to high RPM's just for the car to switch.
i just got an 03 M3 and noticed that same problem and thats how i got around it.
if you dont understand something because i do realize that what i typed is kind of confusing so yeah, just e-mail me at mikeydayyyahoo.com
bye, hope i was helpfup
#37 of 250 Buying M3 - 2003
May 15, 2006 (3:02 am)
I am currently looking for a used M3 and found a 2003/SMG with ~37k miles. The production date is Feb/03 so it averages about 12k/year. My concern:
- is the mileage high?
- anything else you can think of that I should look out? Such as timing belt, brakes, etc. that may need significant repairs/replacement for a M3 with 37k miles?
I don't have a user's manual so really don't know the maintenance schedule in terms of mileage.
#38 of 250 buying an older M3
May 15, 2006 (4:10 pm)
I too am a novice to the M3 scene, but have been researching the cars for a few months now. I am interested in purchasing a 97-99 M3 in the near future. Are there any common problems, specific to M3s of those years, that I should look out for when inspecting a possible purchase? Thanks for the help.
#39 of 250 Re: M3 out of control [phatcat1]
May 20, 2006 (10:36 am)
Phatcat1, I have a 02 M3 with SMG and have the same problem. Whenever first starting the car in the morning if is jumpy in first gear, with or without Sport mode on. I usually just drive in manual mode and from a stop, start out in 2nd gear. This works well while the car warms up. Hope that helps.