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  • #16
    haha

    itomic - thank you very much

    i live on vancouver island and was going to make the trek over to go see / test / maybe buy this e30 bmw thanks for saving me a couple hundred (ferry/food/gas)

    im also looking a e30 bmw black would be nice but i don't have near the ammount of funds to buy it straight up and i was looking into gettin a loan for this car i guess ill just continue saving

    im so glad i found this thread
    Last edited by Avery; 02-10-2006, 08:07 PM.

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    • #17
      ^ that is funny. He actually mentioned that you were coming to see the car. Anyway, I'm glad the post saved you the trip.
      btw - good luck hunting for another one!

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      • #18
        No... I've got THREE friends that are over 6' 4" that own E30 M3s

        Originally posted by pre-hop
        following up on itomic's fear of height issues... i'm 6'5"... i've driven a friends 98 Z3 and my head rested against the soft top (without a helmet... just my head)... i've been in my father in laws 03 350Z and my head touches the roof there as well (also a convertible)... these are the only sporty, small-type cars i've driven... should i drop my e30 m3 fascination based on my height?
        Mark Williams
        Dallas, TX

        Nothing says "welcome to the neighborhood" like a search... oh wait... looks like they are all gone! :rastajake:

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        • #19
          Originally posted by itomic
          Just came back from seeing the car and I have to say...I love this car even more than before. That said, this looked like a very "tired" example of an E30 M3.

          When I got there the car was already running, which sucked 'cause I wanted to hear it run cold but even so it idled pretty rough (the owner said the timing was a little off).

          All in all I'm glad I went to see it.
          Good for you itomic... Did you drive it at all?
          The fact that the car was already running when you arrived
          is pretty scary.... maybe it has a hard time starting? Maybe it
          leaks fluids and the owner moved it from another spot? Either way, that's a big no-on as a seller to have the car running like that... Personally.. I'd run far and run fast... take your time and find a car without so many questions regarding it's past...

          Good luck! it took me 6 months to find my first E30M3 (back before the internet!) Imagine waiting for the next month's BMWCCA Roundel for leads on a car! grr:
          Mark Williams
          Dallas, TX

          Nothing says "welcome to the neighborhood" like a search... oh wait... looks like they are all gone! :rastajake:

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          • #20
            Originally posted by M3 Adjuster
            Good for you itomic... Did you drive it at all?
            The fact that the car was already running when you arrived
            is pretty scary.... maybe it has a hard time starting? Maybe it
            leaks fluids and the owner moved it from another spot? Either way, that's a big no-on as a seller to have the car running like that... Personally.. I'd run far and run fast... take your time and find a car without so many questions regarding it's past...

            Good luck! it took me 6 months to find my first E30M3 (back before the internet!) Imagine waiting for the next month's BMWCCA Roundel for leads on a car! grr:
            No I didn't drive, although I kinda regret it now. It was one of those where you come to see the car and find out that there are some major flaws, so you don't really feel like driving it.

            I am actually looking for a good example of the E30 M3 or an ITR. I've been a long-time loyal Honda fan and believe that the ITR is one of the best expressions of Honda engineering...it's pure and simply fun to drive (even though it's fwd).

            I may get flamed for this but E30 M3 reminds me of what an ITR would be if it was rwd (capable, light, hi-revving, and just plain RAW!)

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            • #21
              Originally posted by itomic


              I may get flamed for this but E30 M3 reminds me of what an ITR would be if it was rwd (capable, light, hi-revving, and just plain RAW!)
              I have always been a big Honda/Acura fan also...so... I know what you are saying.. but.. you have it backwards...
              The Integra Type R (took me a minute to figure out ITR.. doh!) reminds one of what a front wheel drive E30 M3 would be..!
              [done] The E30 M3 came first!! [done]

              I SERIOUSLY looked at the Intergra GSR back in the day before
              I got my E30M3... I've driven several of those.. one recently on the track with a modified Japan Spec motor... I've not driven the ITR,
              but had a friend who owns an E36 bmw and the ITR drive mine and he indicated they are very similar except the drive wheels..

              Which gets me back to how I got here... I picked the E30 M3 over an Integra because it is RWD...
              RWD is simply MUCH more fun to drive than AWD or FWD...

              When you are carving the twisities, having the car scrub off speed understeering is just nowhere near as fun as say...
              -getting the rear end to slip just a little and then planting your right foot to power out!
              - Ever do a 180 degree U turn at a traffic light in a FWD car??? YAWN.... try the same in a RWD car and try NOT to grin like a fool!:yeah:


              Either way... Definitely drive both cars and make the decision for yourself!
              Mark Williams
              Dallas, TX

              Nothing says "welcome to the neighborhood" like a search... oh wait... looks like they are all gone! :rastajake:

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              • #22
                Yeah Mark, the only thing is that I'm heavily involved in autocrossing and E30 M3 is not really strong in any class (guess STX is the best one), while an ITR is a top contender in DS, and could do OK in STX.

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