#TBT: E36 M3, Boxster, and TT | Once exclusive, now budget buys?

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Jun 6, 2024 | Audi, BMW, Porsche, buyers guide | Posted in Features | From the April 2004 issue | Never miss an article

[Editor's Note: This article originally ran in the April 2004 issue of Grassroots Motorsports. Prices have been left as they appeared in print.]

Have you ever wished you could buy that high-performance German sports car of your dreams for pennies on the dollar? Ever thought that the same $20,000 that will buy you a new Kia would also get you a real …

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Amazin None
4/11/09 7:28 p.m.

As the owner of the above Boxster then and now thought I should confirm that it really was the tires as Per said in the article. On Yok Neova's this car won the S03 class ( showroom stock '97 to '04 986 Boxsters) on the Lowe's MS infield course at the 2008 PCA Parade autocross by a good margin. I am thinking of selling it. Let me know if interested.


Sparetire New Reader
4/27/10 4:38 p.m.

If the stock tire was a 225/45/17, and the newbies are 245/45/17, why the need to change the speedo? The diamters are identical, which is great because it retains a lot of the OEM geometry and avoids hassles.

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
6/18/19 10:02 a.m.

With these cars all being old enough to drink, what do we think of them now?


Wizard_Of_Maz Reader
6/18/19 10:14 a.m.

I will always stand by the E36 M3 (I've owned 2, for better or worse). I found that mine taught me a lot about being both a driver and a mechanic, though not always in that order :)

BMW made a lot of 'em, parts are common, and they're really rewarding to drive. So yeah, they're the E36 M3

T.J. MegaDork
6/18/19 10:16 a.m.

Hope Per is well. I used to enjoy reading his articles and interacting with him here. 

Vigo MegaDork
6/18/19 7:11 p.m.

What do i think? The much-maligned 986/996 interior is aging the best. cheeky

ccrelan Reader
6/18/19 7:37 p.m.

Mercedes C36/C43 offer a crap ton more value than E36 M3

Mndsm MegaDork
6/18/19 7:37 p.m.

E36 is still a high point of bmw design, to me, and absolutely fanTASTIC in estate trim. 


Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
6/20/19 8:38 a.m.

In reply to T.J. :

All good here!   I pop in now and then.   

Patrick GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/20/19 8:52 a.m.

Hey Per are you still up here in ohio?  

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