1997 BMW M3

1997 BMW M3

This one-family, two-owner, 150,000-mile example was purchased nearly new in 1998 by Associate Publisher Joe Gearin’s dad.

Latest updates

Sep
02
Sep 2, 2016
Fixing the Gear in our M3’s Rear

Our E36-chassis M3 battles back from some rear subframe woes.

Aug
28
Aug 28, 2015
Use the BMW, Abuse the BMW

Our poor E36-Chassis BMW M3. It never asked for this sort of abuse.

Sep
24
Sep 24, 2014
A Little Love for an Old Friend

We restore our M3's paint with 303.

May
19
May 19, 2014
M3 Road Trip

We took our E36 M3 for a road trip up to Road America.

May
18
May 18, 2014
The Enlightened E36

The E36-chassis BMW reaches its full potential with upgrades for its factory flaws.

May
16
May 16, 2012
Our M3 Gets a Mitty Workout

Our M3 grabs a few laps during the Mitty.

Nov
13
Nov 13, 2009
Fresh Friction

We install an Advanced Clutch Technologies clutch and flywheel in the E36 M3.

Mar
11
Mar 11, 2009
Take a Deep Breath

We replace our M3's worn air filter with a new K&N unit.

Sep
25
Sep 25, 2008
Underpanel Goodness

While the E36 BMWs are wonderfully designed machines, their engine-protecting plastic undertray pieces leave much to be desired.

Jul
24
Jul 24, 2008
New Suspenders

The E36 M3 gets new suspenders.

Feb
18
Feb 18, 2008
Attitude Adjustment

Time ravages all things, and the once-mighty M3 suspension is not immune.

May
04
May 4, 2007
Upgrading the E36 M3 Brakes

This beloved E36 M3 was due for a braking upgrade.

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