1999 Bmw M 3
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Great handling, fast, and reliable vehicle

by on September 15, 2017

I believe the e36 m3 is one of the best vehicles for the price. It's an all around great car. Motors go forever without preventative maintenance kept up to date.
I believe the e36 m3 is one of the best vehicles for the price. It's an all around great car. Motors go forever without preventative maintenance kept up to date.
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Great sports car value, the last of a dying breed

by from Austin, TX on August 18, 2017

When looking for a light-weight, well engineered, naturally aspirated affordable to maintain RWD drive sports car, this is it. As enthusiast track oriented vehicles move toward being larger, heavie...
When looking for a light-weight, well engineered, naturally aspirated affordable to maintain RWD drive sports car, this is it. As enthusiast track oriented vehicles move toward being larger, heavier machines jam-packed with technology, the E36 M3 is one of the last simple light weight fun cars out there. Although many were produced, the number of well maintained cars from this generation is decreasing rapidly and their value is on the rise.
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The s52 is BMWs most reliable engine

by from Lawrenceville, GA on May 7, 2017

Love it. Excellent getaway Road car with the wifey with the top down. Very clean inside and out. Time to sell her and move on to my lost love. .......e30
Love it. Excellent getaway Road car with the wifey with the top down. Very clean inside and out. Time to sell her and move on to my lost love. .......e30
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I love M power

by from on April 21, 2017

Very fast, handels great and a classic car that you can drive every day. Love the vader seats and 5 spees.
Very fast, handels great and a classic car that you can drive every day. Love the vader seats and 5 spees.
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So fun to drive

by from Edina, MN on March 14, 2012

I've owned my '99 M3 for 10 years - it has over 150k miles on it and has been wonderful. It is so fun to drive - light, responsive, fast and it provides great feedback to the driver. Highly, highly re...
I've owned my '99 M3 for 10 years - it has over 150k miles on it and has been wonderful. It is so fun to drive - light, responsive, fast and it provides great feedback to the driver. Highly, highly recommended.
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BMW = Best Machine in the World

by from Lisle on November 29, 2011

BMW = Best Machine in the World and... CARS.COM The Best Website to find the the car that you have been looking for your dreams come truth! ;-) This is my 2nd Bimmer that I got through CARS.COM Don't ...
BMW = Best Machine in the World and... CARS.COM The Best Website to find the the car that you have been looking for your dreams come truth! ;-) This is my 2nd Bimmer that I got through CARS.COM Don't wait to long just get it!
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E36 M3

by from San Jose, CA on October 11, 2011

The E36 M3 is largely under valued, so get one before they become classics. The US version, although underpowered from their Euro brothers, has plenty of torque and horsepower to have tons of fun. The...
The E36 M3 is largely under valued, so get one before they become classics. The US version, although underpowered from their Euro brothers, has plenty of torque and horsepower to have tons of fun. They make great daily drivers and weekend warriors. They're small and fast with excellent handling. With just a few minor tweaks they can be twisty mountain champions, supplying all the adrenaline fueled g-forces you could want. As for reliability, the manual transmission is carefree for those of us who know how to use a clutch and the engine, when properly cared for, will be strong for 300k miles or more. Get yours before no one wants to sell them anymore!
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This Sports coupe is like a great wristwatch...

by from Dallas, TX on September 7, 2011

The 1999 BMW E36 M3 coupe is the car for the everyday driver who demands integrity in a product, confidence in it's capabilities, and prestige beyond the reaches of average sports cars. Like a great w...
The 1999 BMW E36 M3 coupe is the car for the everyday driver who demands integrity in a product, confidence in it's capabilities, and prestige beyond the reaches of average sports cars. Like a great wristwatch, the M3 can take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. Meaning that the daily abuse of city roads congested with traffic and potholes, the vehicle maintains it's superior handling and driveability characteristics' with outstanding looks and the luxury which BMW is held to upkeep from their reputation. The common maintenance at the regularly scheduled intervals is crucial for any high performance engine and the 3.2 litre inline 6 is no exception, for high heat and hard driving is, well, hard on it. Overall, it can take what ever you can give it and keep on accelerating and unlike what a drug addict describes as rush of joy which can only be felt the first time, the throttle provides a crisp exhaust note and the ultimate adrenaline machine never disappoints you (nor will it steal your wallet). Not that BMW; especially any "M" car, is cheap, but the owner can maintain this car themselves without the painful cost of dealership service rate charges. You get what you pay for truly applies here because the quality and the BMW 'M' expertise and knowledge combined with a passion for building and engineering and designing such an extraordinary automobile whose form follows function is certainly obvious for anyone well versed in automotive experience. I personally have been working as a valet parking attendant as well as being a mechanic now for 13+ years. Therefore, I have driven every North American make and model, import and domestic, in every stage of a car's condition from old junkers to extra exotic super-lux Bentleys and Ferraris straight off a showroom floor (thanks to new car dealer salesmen who regularly visited some of the highend restaurants I work for). Out of all the cars, I still am happy and love to get the privilege to drive my Bimmer at the end of the day. Now that it is 12 years young, it's had minor repairs necessary but nothing I wouldn't expect such as the cooling system (radiator, thermostat, water pump, and hoses) replaced. The rear suspension gave me trouble a few years back when the shock mounts had cracked the point in the chassis where they bolt on in the trunk area. Easy fix and inexpensive at under $100 and has not even so much as squeaked since then. The manual transmission is bulletproof. I mean that it has operated flawlessly without any maintenance and I even upgraded the factory clutch and flywheel to lighten the strain and boost torque with HUGE gains. The Harmon/Kardon hi-fi stereo system is unparalleled and has clear loud sound and the stylish comfortable leather seats are beautifully appointed as well as durable. The only item I have had to replace twice is the left front fog lamp. The glass lens has cracked both times it hasn't shattered or left me in the dark but needed replacement anyway, however for being made of glass and mounted front facing only a few inches from the road, and not completely falling to pieces, it is by far still a remarkable part. Rightfully so for a remarkable car. Nowadays can be found for reasonable prices and have infinite potential due to the fact that they are, "built like they used to be" .
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OMG, it's addictive to drive!

by from Los Angeles on October 30, 2009

A lifelong fan of Japanese automotive engineering and reliability, I was nervous about buying a German car. I bought my 1999 M3 Convertible about a month ago and am a little surprised by what, compare...
A lifelong fan of Japanese automotive engineering and reliability, I was nervous about buying a German car. I bought my 1999 M3 Convertible about a month ago and am a little surprised by what, compared with Japanese cars, are some interior ergonomic quirks. Like, the last time I used a dashboard-mounted headlight switch was in a 1970s American car - what's up with that? Such minor niggles aside, this car is totally addictive to drive. I'm just blown away by the feel you get when you rev to the redline, the excellent handling, the sure-footed braking. It's a combination of all that is good in other cars I've driven and loved, wrapped into one. The seats are so comfortable (and heated - how decadent!!), and this thing seems to be wired straight to your brain. The result: high confidence, slicing through traffic with surgical precision, blowing pretty much anyone and everyone away. It's especially entertaining to toast over-priced SUVs like Range Rovers or Lexus whatevers, or watch macho men attempting to drive their GM-built trucks fast fade in the review mirror, but it's such a no-contest as to be almost unfair. This car is pure joy and delight behind the wheel, a sunny antidote to tough times. I am highly impressed with -- and have a blast driving -- my 1999 M3 convertible. I can't wait to hop in and drive it again. (NOTE: The website forced me to enter a rating for reliability in order to submit the review. I've only had the car a month, so I can't really say how reliable it is.)
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good sleeper value

by from johnstown, ny on July 15, 2009

My 99 m3 appears relatively old on paper only. These are a real value providing agility, durability, style, power in an affordable jacket. A backyard mechanics dream with hordes of info on the web for...
My 99 m3 appears relatively old on paper only. These are a real value providing agility, durability, style, power in an affordable jacket. A backyard mechanics dream with hordes of info on the web for projects. A friend with a 08 tsx said my 99 m3 was tighter and faster (than his tsx). Find a well maintained and adult driven one with good milage and you'll be pleased with it's reliability and enduring good looks.
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