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1996 BMW M3

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 18/Hwy 26/Comb 21 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 3.2 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

1996 BMW M3 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.6
Out of 10

Based on 144 Ratings for the 1995 - 1999 models.

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  • Value
    9.7/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

'95 BMW M3 White 2-dr coupe, superb condition!

By on Saturday, July 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Superb condition, find a race track to test drive!"

Cons: "Fine, too, for family of 4-5, but not "cushy""

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a California car, bought new in 1995 by a dentist who owned it for 3 years, drove it 4 mis to/from work, and chose to sell it because of his growing family. He kept it in perfect condition, and so have I since I bought it from him in 1998. No accident history, good maintenance records. It's in excellent condition inside and out: original white paint, black leather interior, sliding roof, new tires (plus a set of high performance racing tires which I quickly discovered were unfit for driving in Wisconsin winters!). Mileage 79,000. Asking $7150 obo."

amazing first car

By on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 206,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "the exhaust in a tunnel, amazing car"

Cons: "gas mileage when u go in a tunnel"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"best car I've owned so far. It handles like a charm. BMW will never make a car like this. Even though euro spec had a different engine these cars 0-60 are almost identical. Why you might ask, because the US spec version was lighter because of the engine and the differential.I'm 16 and I see how other teens drive. Do not give this to your child for a first car.Its a sports car so the insurance is high. They will think because its ///M they can do what ever they want. Over all great car, worth the money if you find one under 8k."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Superb German driving machine

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 152,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handling, good engine, engaging and fun to drive!"

Cons: "Interior door panels tend to fall apart with time"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Ready for the track!

"Even with the horsepower hobbled (compared to the Euro engine), the USA E36 BMW M3 is a special car. It does everything well. The handling is superb, driving dynamics spot on, and overall weight is reasonable. For track days, ditch the heavy Vaders for real sport seats, Koni's, sticky tires and the car is ready to rip. The handling is so good that 240 hp goes a long ways. A Euro 321 hp would be unreal. The USA engine still has good grunt, power everywhere with good low end torque, and always willing to rev to redline. The overall gearing is short, and the car revs quite high at highway speed. The gearing works well at the track however. When looking for used get the best you can afford, and have the cooling system checked!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Ready for the track!

Best handling car ever!

By on Thursday, October 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 203,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "the most fun you will ever have"

Cons: "ordering all your parts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned over 70 vehicles in the last 14 years from 1000+hp drag lexus to built supercharged c5 corvette, this 1995 m3 is almost stock and besides a full straight drag race, it is hands down the best handling, instant throttle, great power, and looks are top notch. 1995 was the first year for the e36 m3 and only year to have obd1, the 3.0 liter and a few different paints."

23 people out of 35 found this review helpful

E36 M3 is the best-all-around M3 ever

By on Monday, September 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Simplicity, driving dynamic, practicality"

Cons: "Expensive upkeep"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned my 1995 E36 M3 since new, and have had almost 200,000 miles on the car. The car has been very reliable and fun to drive. I will keep this car until BMW would make one similar to the E36 - relatively light weight, simple, reasonably powerful and lots of road feels. Newer M3s are faster and more sophisticated, but they don't have the earlier cars' vivid road-feels and driving dynamic anymore. It is pretty sad indeed."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

CAR

By on Sunday, May 4, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "POWERFUL, NIMBLE, HANDELING, ALL SEASON CAR"

Cons: "EXPENSIVE UPKEEP"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"ITS A CAR IT DRIVES LIKE A CAR FEELS LIKE A CAR ITS A CAR, BUT NOT JUST ANY CAR. IT IS THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE."

13 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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