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Old 01-24-2013, 06:31 PM
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:40 PM
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Very nice collection!!! I can see where your loyalty resides. Nothing drives like the Ultimate Driving Machine. Are you a member of the BMWCCA? I have been a member for 14 years and still have my first one; E36 M3/4 - it used to be my daily driver now it's more of weekend track rat. Got my eye on a few E92 M3's in the area.....Drool. I am more of a NA guy and not sure I like the idea of the triple turbo I6 coming in the new M3.
I have been a CCA member for 10 years, served on the Iowa Chapter board of directors for 3 years, and was named member of the year 2006. Yeah you could say im in the club. Its a family affair as well, if you add in parents and siblings we have 10 total.

The E36 M3/4 I posted was my first one as well, and was a daily driver until about 6 years ago when it got the track treatment. Its a 6 pt cage and window net away from being legal for IP in CCA club racing. The pic I posted is on our half mile Nascar track here in Cedar Rapids where the SCCA holds a few very fast autox events every year. The car likes the big tracks a lot more, but my wallet likes autox more.
I love my E46 M3, but its borderline too heavy to enjoy. Nothing like dropping the top and stirring the gears myself with 333hp at 8000 rpm. That S54 puts a smile on my face every morning. The E92 seems to be the logical evolution of the E46 with the high revving NA powerplant, but Im afraid it might be too heavy. Im sure when the E46 starts to look a bit dated I will shop the E92s but not yet.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:05 PM
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I should have never sold this car, it was tons of fun. But, it would have been terribly underpowered today @ about only 325hp; however, it was only ~2600 lbs, so light weight was key. Plus, the car always got a lot of attention - I always got complimented on it when I took it out for a drive. 1993 FD3 3rd Gen Mazda RX-7.
I have always liked this car.
How long did you own it? Maintenance troubles?
Maybe I will get one someday, but hear they are delicate.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:21 PM
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I posed my '96 Impala SS like that once. Not as badass as a Shelby, but the car was the hot lick back in the 90s. I sold it a few years ago. I wouldn't be surprised if now it is a low rider with tinted windows and 20 inch wheels that keep spinning when the car stops at a light.
Those SS Impalas were quite cool.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:22 PM
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I have always liked this car.
How long did you own it? Maintenance troubles?
Maybe I will get one someday, but hear they are delicate.
Billl Z
Yes, they are delicate. Anything more than a cat-back exhaust, high flow intake and intercooler and you are going to need to open the motor up. It would have required new apex seals on the rotors (pistons), keep in mind it is a rotary motor. While you are in there, you might as well go to a single turbo and upgrade the clutch as well...

The turbos really need to be cooled down before shutting off if you have driven it hard at all, otherwise you will start seeing drops of oil in the coolant.

Bottom line - keep it stock or near and treat it right and it will do you good. Do otherwise and get your checkbook out.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:24 PM
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forgot to add this one - from a PCCA event 2 or 3 years ago. A great time out at Motorsports Ranch. Thanks to a great friend for letting me drive his car.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:45 PM
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Yep, the 1.8t. The new 2.0 has a lot of potential.
The 2014 2.0T has a ton of potential with the injector on the intake manifold to get rid of the carbon deposits.

Truth be told, about 10K after I got my car (at 40K miles purchased), and 2K miles after the tune, I had an injector stick open and unseat a ring in that chamber. End result was a new head unit and me scrambling to hide the tune. After it all, I got it covered under the ptrain warranty and reapplied the tune with a health dose of aftermarket warranty for the next 50K miles. Can't be too careful.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:46 PM
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I am more of a NA guy and not sure I like the idea of the triple turbo I6 coming in the new M3.
You'll get used to it . . . quickly.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:49 PM
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Yes, they are delicate. Anything more than a cat-back exhaust, high flow intake and intercooler and you are going to need to open the motor up. It would have required new apex seals on the rotors (pistons), keep in mind it is a rotary motor. While you are in there, you might as well go to a single turbo and upgrade the clutch as well...

The turbos really need to be cooled down before shutting off if you have driven it hard at all, otherwise you will start seeing drops of oil in the coolant.

Bottom line - keep it stock or near and treat it right and it will do you good. Do otherwise and get your checkbook out.
I take it you had turbo timers?

I tend to take it very easy on my little turbo before parking and take my time putting the sunglasses up, turning off the radio, a/c just in case.

/moreso in the summer.
//just in case.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:22 PM
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I take it you had turbo timers?

I tend to take it very easy on my little turbo before parking and take my time putting the sunglasses up, turning off the radio, a/c just in case.

/moreso in the summer.
//just in case.
No timers on the car except me. It was not a daily driver, so I had the luxury of time when I drove it. After all, I only put about 3K miles/year on it.
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