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1988-1991 BMW M3


Pros :
- Aggressive styling.
- Exclusivity and performance.

Cons :
- Dated shape.
- Hard to find one.

The first M3 is a legend. It marked BMW's foray into the sports compact car scene and today the M3 is a force to be reckoned with. Not everyone can afford the new M3, so taking a look at the car that started it all is worthwhile.

Externally, the M3 clearly signalled its performance intentions. Whereas the later M3 models had subtle styling touches to differentiate it from a base 3-Series, this M3 has large fender flares and a boy-racer wing. Power comes from an in-line 4-cylinder engine, which provides more than enough power and torque for this relatively light car. The rear-wheel-drive setup makes it an ideal driver's car both on and off the track, and there is even a back seat and decent trunk space. Only a limited number of cars were produced, so finding one may be a tough proposition.

Fairly reliable, since it's a BMW, but reports indicate that the engine's intake manifold gasket failure occurs in certain cars, and there are problems with the suspension's lower control arm bushing. Both problems cost hundreds of dollars to fix, and you will do well to avoid used ones whose defects have not yet been fixed.

Specifications :
Price Range : $8,000-$14,000  Get a FREE used car price quote

Engine : 4-cylinder, DOHC, front engine RWD
Displacement : 2,295 cc
Valve : 16 valves, 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission : 5-spd manual
Fuel economy : city - 17 mpg
                             highway - 29 mpg

Horsepower : 192 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque : 200 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
0-60 mph : 6.9 sec.

Curb Weight : 2867 lbs
Overall length : 171.1 in.
Wheelbase : 101.0 in.
Overall Width : 66.1 in.
Height : 53.9 in.



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