WHY I LOVE MY BMW M3

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

RICHARD BAX­TER

Richard heads up the BMW Car Club’s ‘MPower’ reg­is­ter. He says: ‘I re­mem­ber try­ing an E36 M3 when they were new but it didn’t re­ally match up to the E30 I owned at the time, so I can­celled my or­der. Then about four years ago a club mem­ber was sell­ing a 3.0-litre ver­sion which I sub­se­quently bought, and have since be­come a con­vert.

‘ The car in the pic­ture is a 1996 3.2 coupé that I bought about 18 months ago at auc­tion; I still have the 3.0 but wanted to keep the mileage down. It had cov­ered just 60,000 miles, was in great con­di­tion and came with a full BMW his­tory. It’s still orig­i­nal and apart from a brake over­haul hasn’t needed any­thing more than rou­tine main­te­nance.

‘ The six-speed gear­box is a bit notchy com­pared to the 3.0’s, but it’s a very easy car to drive. The per­for­mance is strong but man­age­able, so it’s ideal for long jour­neys, too.’

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