BMW's E36 M3 has been on Santa's nice list for at least the last decade because it offers one of the best driving experiences for under $10k. Handling is superb, acceleration is good (it could stand a few more horses, but the US version was given a detuned engine) and build quality is decent. Find this 1996 BMW M3 E36 here on eBay offered for $6,995 buy-it-now located in Niagara Falls, NY. This post is part of DT's 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars; enjoy the ride!
The E36 was first offered in the US market in 1995 in coupe and 5-speed manual transmission behind a 3.0 liter S50B30US inline-6 good for 240 horsepower and 225 ft-lbs of torque. It was a great combination (I should know, I owned drove one everyday for about 2 years) and slightly upgraded in 1996 with the introduction of the 3.2 liter S52B32US good for the same 240 horsepower, but a bump up in torque to 240 ft-lbs. Compared to the ludicrous prices of E30 M3s, these cheap E36 M3s are a breath of cheap air.
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