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    Hello everyone,

    I moved to France last year and took my modified (290bhp) Volvo T5 with me...

    Next year I'm seriously considering a mid to late 90's E36 M3 evo. I've looked into some other makes TVR Chimaera, Porsche 944 turbo, Scooby etc. But Really want a car that has all the comforts the T5 has: TVRs rarely have aircon, needed big time in the summer here! Porsches and Scoobies are turbo'd like the T5 and although easy to get some serious hp with an MBC or remap, big exhaust etc, I have a hankering after getting a n/a car again and the M3's 6 cyls sound gorgeous.

    I'll have a budget of around 5-6+K to spend, next July/August. I've seen quite a few cars advertised on Pistonheads for between 3K and 5K; some nice looking examples at around the 4K mark- I'd prefer to spend a bit less than my max budget and put some money into some mods, ie strut brace/ exhaust etc.

    Any advice and help gratefully received as this will be the first Bimmer I'll have ever owned and I'd like it to be a good experience!

    Cheers and thanks in advance

    Jerry
     
     

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    Welcome to the forum Jerry...

    The E36 M3 is an excellent car. Just look for one with loads of history and signs of careful owners....
     
     

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    Cheers Steve, thanks for the welcome.

    What are considered good mods to the M3 and which is the better engine, the 3.0 or 3.2 (evo?) or is there not much to choose between the two, apart from the 3.2s extra hp and torque?
     
     

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    Hi JelT5
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    No need for a strut brace as the M3 comes with an X-brace underneath which is better for handling...
    Depends on what you want to do to it as to whether to get the 3l or EVO...the Evo comes with double vanos-which can be problematic although can be repaired.he 3l is built to last and will take whatever you throw at it
    Personal preference I would get a 3l and supercharge it
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    Hi JelT5
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    No need for a strut brace as the M3 comes with an X-brace underneath which is better for handling...
    Depends on what you want to do to it as to whether to get the 3l or EVO...the Evo comes with double vanos-which can be problematic although can be repaired.he 3l is built to last and will take whatever you throw at it
    Personal preference I would get a 3l and supercharge it
    Cheers for the strutbrace info. From what I've seen about supercharging, it seems pretty expensive- any pointers as to good suppliers in the UK that don't charge stupid money?
    The 3.2l evo has an extra 40bhp in comparison to the 3.0l- does the extra hp in the evo seriously compromise the internals?
    I've heard the vanos can be a pain, is it really that unreliable?

    Lots of questions, sorry!
     
     

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    Vanos can be a pain but if you get an M3 with FSH and careful owners and the car hasn't been ragged then you shouldn't get vanos issues.Although a 3l will probably outlast a 3.2l and yes superchargers can be silly money
     
     

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    Welcome to the site, good luck with your search
     
     

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    im biased as i have the 3.0 but myne is jsut as quick of the mark or even quicker than a 3.2 isnt the 3.2 gear more form economy?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by m3tobe View Post
    im biased as i have the 3.0 but myne is jsut as quick of the mark or even quicker than a 3.2 isnt the 3.2 gear more form economy?
    That's interesting to know, thanks for the info
    The 3.0 is a 5 speed box ian't it? That would definitely make it quicker off the mark.
     
     

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