1997 BMW M3
Started on May 4, 2007, 8:32 a.m.
This one-family, two-owner, 150,000-mile example was purchased nearly new in 1998 by Associate Publisher Joe Gearin’s dad.
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Latest Project Updates
Fixing the Gear in our M3’s Rear
Our E36-chassis M3 battles back from some rear subframe woes.
Use the BMW, Abuse the BMW
Our poor E36-Chassis BMW M3. It never asked for this sort of abuse.
A Little Love for an Old Friend
We restore our M3's paint with 303.
M3 Road Trip
We took our E36 M3 for a road trip up to Road America.
The Enlightened E36
The E36-chassis BMW reaches its full potential with upgrades for its factory flaws.
Our M3 Gets a Mitty Workout
Our M3 grabs a few laps during the Mitty.
We install an Advanced Clutch Technologies clutch and flywheel in the E36 M3.
Take a Deep Breath
We replace our M3's worn air filter with a new K&N unit.
While the E36 BMWs are wonderfully designed machines, their engine-protecting plastic undertray pieces leave much to be desired.
The E36 M3 gets new suspenders.
Time ravages all things, and the once-mighty M3 suspension is not immune.
Upgrading the E36 M3 Brakes
This beloved E36 M3 was due for a braking upgrade.