The new-for-1993 BMW E36 was introduced in November of 1992 at the Paris Auto Salon and represented a step closer to a more accommodating grand touring vehicle. It sacrificed a little to gain more creature comforts, a move most customers appreciated. The new car was longer and wider, providing better road-holding abilities and interior space and comfort. The M3 used the S52 B30 inline 6-cylinder engine, a well-modified example of the M50TU used in the 1992 E36 325i and 1992 E34 525i. It quickly proved itself as one of the most capable, well-mannered cars on the planet, pulling like a rocket ship from 0-60 and through the ¼-mile trap and on to a riveting top speed, taming curves and corners with ease and assuring people that while it was bigger and heavier, it really was actually more capable than its predecessor.
Today’s 1997 BMW E36 M3 hails from Ottawa, Ontario and has been with the seller for 6 years. Having put 27,000 of the total 217,000 Kilometers (134,838 Miles) on the odometer, which is said to be accurate, the seller bought the car from an older couple who were thought to have been the original owners. With a few modifications, the car is said to be well maintained with a few bits of maintenance needed, but nothing serious, according to the seller.