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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier

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  • you know we have a 98 m3 and i see alot of folks trying to make their japenese hondas, etc., look like or perform like the m3. why not just find the real thing. they are great and i have never driven a car like this one. i know my exposure is limited but people by watches that look like a rolex, but a car and make it look and perform like a different car. it is apparently not that expensive to buy one at 4-6 grand which is where they book. the labor by the hour is almost the same as any american car at the dealer but the car is so great. we hope to keep our old m3 for some time and have it when they are almost iimpossible to find. not for resale but for having what others are trying to get. we are not rich by any standard and it hurt when it const 400.00 to replace a starter, i am certain it is worth it at least to a certain point. at some point it will not be cost effective to drive it every day but it will make a great weekend car. not trying to offend anyone but i am truly confused as to why this stock car is mimicked by so many. a loving m3 owner.
  • we have a 98 m3 that has 136000 on it and it does not leak a drop or show any early signs of wear, they are just great cars..........................period
  • you know we have a 98 m3 and i have never got the tires to spin so long as the asc is on. i dont think you necessarily need limited slip if you have asc
  • we have a 98 m3 and some of the bumper parts have worn off due to a time period when it was lowered using all the proper suspension. have recently returned it to stock and cannot find the engine cover that goes under the motor and helps keep it clean and certainly helps with the aero behavior. want to buy new skid plate and corner pieces as well as brake cooling ducts without breaking the bank. anyone know of an outlet that may sell used stuff to replace my worn stuff. should probably listen to my own advice and just buy new original stuff for integrity reasons'
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,389
    I'd buy new parts. If you are a BMW Car Club member you should be able to find a dealer that will give you a 10%-15% discount.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Spam-Spam-Spam-Bacon-and-Spam!
  • atticratatticrat Posts: 1
    The 323ci collectible? Well if there's any warm feelings for first year Yugo GV's, Austin Marinas and Plymouth Crickets then the ol' lemon bimmer 323ci ought to capture a few weak beating hearts. I just unloaded a 2000 323 ci, purchases new, it has only 19K on the clock and has cost me over $3,000 in repairs. Numerous electrical problems (climate control), broken sunroof, failing window motors, cam position censor, front "A" arm bushings spent at 16K, original BMW battery dead at three years old, A/C system still not working properly after three attempts at dealer to repair, several recalls, weather stripping fuzzy material all falling off of both doors (this car is always garaged too), paint on top surfaces has turned a darker shade of silver and power steering leaks. I was a fool for spending 40K for this car new. I will not miss this stiff riding lemon! I was able to sell this junker for 12K. I disclosed the current crop of problems to the new owner and still he purchased it! I guess the hideously poor reliability and poor quality and the BIG $$$$ to keep those silly bimmers humming doesn't turn off some die hard bimmer lovers. Go figure......
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    You spent $40,000 for a 323ci in 2000? :surprise:

    And it was such a lemon that you kept it for 12 years! $3000 over 12 years equals $0.69/day. I've done worse with Hondas.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,389
    He/she sounds like a typical BMW-bashing one and done- odds are we won't hear from him/her again...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    One and done - for 12 years...

    You're right though. One post and he's gone.
  • Hello,

    I too am sorry about your loss.

    I write to you because our 2002 BMW 330 self-combusted in our garage! It was being driven daily, and had been parked the evening before the fire at 7pm. At 7:15am or so the next morning, my sister and mother saw a small amount smoke coming from in the front grill. Within 15 minutes of noticing this (and calling 911) the car had caught fire. Besides the smoke inhalation (which led to stage 2 pnemonia and other associated ills), the fire took 2 hours to put out and severly damaged the home that my parents built 40 years ago.

    In no way am i comparing the loss of some dwelling to your terrible loss. There is no comparison. I posted this becasue I agree that BMW has not been forthcoming about their product defects and is highly recalcitrant when it come to taking responsibilty. I will do my damned not to let that happen. My poor mother has been out of her previoulsy comfortable home for over 9 months.

    The only reason they did their recent recall for spontaneous car fires (X5) is because the wife of the White House deputy director of House legislative affairs was found deceased in her burning car. It appears to me that BMW has always counted on the fact that (most) cars do not self combust. So people look at their product as the cost last.

    I had 3 bmws and a mini cooper (different than my sisters) for the last 15 years. I no longer drive any of them. Until BMW honestly deals with a defect, I have no longer have faith in their products.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,389
    Déjà vu all over again!

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    edited March 2012
    Yeah, this one joined today to reply to a comment made 3 years ago...

    Well hey, if it makes them feel better to express their feelings, then good for them. Although, I think therapy is a better, longer term solution
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,389
    One hit wonders responding to long dead threads. If it's guerrilla marketing it is stunningly inept.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Yup, only reaching members who have this thread bookmarked. You and me I'm guessing...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,386
    Waving my hands!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    OK, the three of us. Thanks for being a member of the BMW's not worth talking about thread!
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,041
    I can always re-name it to that if you three members prefer. :)

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,705
    I'm here too, and I don't even own one yet.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • srs_49srs_49 Posts: 1,394
    Me too, even though I gave up my '87 '325 last year.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Well, you're both in luck. Normally, membership is reserved for owners only, but through this weekend, we are holding a special membership drive. If you have a pulse, vision in at least one eye, and a left leg (or suitable prosthetic), you are eligible!

    Welcome!
  • akv25akv25 Posts: 42
    Folks - time to change back to all season tires on my 330, and I am thinking of buying of some reasonably priced all seasons. Consumer Reports says that Cooper Zeon RS3 is a good UHP tire. Anyone have any experience with them?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,389
    edited April 2012
    A Consumer Reports endorsement doesn't impress me all that much(CR also likes Bose speakers). However, Road & Track and Autoweek were impressed by both the RS3-S and RS-3 A, so I decided to give them a shot- I put RS3-As on my 2007 Mazdaspeed 3. They replaced a set of Pirelli PZero Nero All Seasons(I run EHP or R- Comp tires during the summer). After almost 9,000 miles I'm very happy. Ride and NVH seem to be a bit more civilized than the Pirellis, and wet and dry lateral grip and braking performance are very good. Steering response is also quite good for an all season UHP tire. I'm about 99% sure that I'm going to put RS3-As on my wife's X3 as well.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    That's high praise. I have been very pleased with my PZero Nero All Season tires. To top them is very impressive.

    I'll definitely put the Coopers on my list for next time.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,389
    edited April 2012
    I'm always interested in upgrading my street and track rubber, and this time in worked out very well. I definitely wasn't unhappy with the Pirellis, but a decent tire shop opened up just about a half mile from my house and they had the RS3-A for considerably less than the PZero All Seasons. Based on the reviews I figured the Coopers were worth a try. In any event, here are a few links:

    Autoweek

    Road and Track

    Winding Road

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    What didn't you like about them? I really liked mine. They felt like a good performance summer tire in every way except ultimate cornering grip. Turn in, ride, response, noise were all excellent, I thought.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 66,586
    Getting ready to replace the 18" summer rubber on my E46 coupe..

    Leaning towards the Pilot Super Sports..

    Could save about $250 on the set, going with the Coopers, but this is likely to be the last set of summer rubber that I buy for this car..

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,389
    edited April 2012
    What didn't you like about them? I really liked mine.

    I liked the Pirellis fine; they actually handled about as good as the OEM Bridgestone RE050As. I just wanted to try something different.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,389
    Leaning towards the Pilot Super Sports.

    I still haven't used my Michelin gift coupon yet; If I don't sell it I'm kind of tempted to go with the Pilot Super Sport or the Pilot Sport Cups on the Mazdaspeed. I wish Michelin made a dual-purpose EHP tire like the Direzza Star Spec or the RE-11. The Super Sport is primarily a street tire while the Sport Cup is heavily biased towards the track.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • akv25akv25 Posts: 42
    Thanks for the response roadburner. I've had mixed luck with CR recommendations. They had rated Falken 912s as a good UHP a few years ago and I bought a set. Absolutely awful tire. It has since been downgraded to performance all season by CR.

    I bought Hankook Icepts last year and they've been ranked pretty good in the winter performance category by CR. They drive pretty good - good steering response, cornering and overall handling.

    I'll be ordering a set of RS3 As soon.
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