Thanks for your input, I've read all the mags,but I'm wondering if theres
any update regarding earlier models engines letting go and if any of these
problems still persist. Does anyone know if you can live with an M3 in the
winter if the right tires are fitted.All input is appreciated, thanks
You could live with it in the winter but you probably wouldn't enjoy it. If
possible get any kind of beater for the winter. Whatever is in your budget.
It also makes Spring so nice to look forward to. I just put away my 740i and
rolled out the M5.
But even if you don't want a winter car - get the car you want and drive the
hell out of it! Just be careful in bad weather.
What's "winter" where you live? Here in Southern California it'd be no
problem, unless you lived in the mountains and then the thing would be in
your garage and you'd be driving some little front-driver you picked up for
500 bucks. ;-)
If the M3 is the car you want then that's the car you should get.
All input is
How about this one?
At the time, I sent email to the author asking whether he thought the M3
would make a suitable daily driver. He assured me it would.
The engine defect was (supposedly) a supplier problem and was "fixed" some
years back. A new car would be unaffected.
What I would worry about is the rough ride of the M3. I have a 2003 330i zhp
and before I bought it I toyed with getting an M3. The zhp suspension/tires
are a little softer than the M3. I am glad I did not get an M3 as the zhp is
plenty rough riding enough, thank you. If you have very smooth roads where
you live or you are tolerant of buck-board rides, the M3 will not be a
problem. I live in Michigan so the roads have plenty of bumps and I don't
care for a buck-board ride (went through that plenty in my LT1/ZO6 Corvette
years). Wish the zhp were smoother riding.
As for winter use, if you get a lot of snow, the lack of ground clearance
will stop you no matter how good snow tires you put on and you WILL need
snow tires with any amount of snow fall. The car is so low that more than a
few inches of snow turns it into a snow plow.
The latest Car & Driver has a long-term review of a 911 with 4WD. The thing
was useless in snow until they put snow tires on and then it worked fine.
Expect worse with a summer tires equipped M3.
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