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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, Jun-09-2015, 08:48:47 PM   #1
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Default Should I buy a E36 Sedan

Hey guys sorry for having so many posts, but I came across an awesome 97 Daytona Violet with roughly 129K. Anyone here who owns a coupe and a sedan can you please Chime in on any differences between the obvious 4 doors?
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Default Re: Should I buy a E36 Sedan

Daytona wasn't made in 97. It might be a technoviolet. If you have the money and the space, buy it if its nice, pass it over if it isn't and you already have one.
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Default Re: Should I buy a E36 Sedan

I've owned both. Form wise the coupe wins, function wise the sedan wins. Sedans have less window problems too.
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Old Wed, Jun-10-2015, 12:40:20 AM   #5
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Default Re: Should I buy a E36 Sedan

Sedans are rarer and might hold their value a bit better long term, especially if it's a manual. They made only about ~4300 manual sedans.
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Default Re: Should I buy a E36 Sedan

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I miss my sedan I had to join the coupe bandwagon since I couldn't find a clean enough sedan replacement after an old lady ran a red light and collided with my car.
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Default Re: Should I buy a E36 Sedan

I personally think the rear end of the coupe looks better (mostly because of the taillights). But hard to argue against the practicality of a sedan.

Wish they could have come with an M3 Touring though. I'd pick that over everything
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Old Wed, Jun-10-2015, 05:12:00 PM   #9
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Default Re: Should I buy a E36 Sedan

The sedan is slightly taller, more narrow, and more rigid. It probably has a slightly higher center of gravity from the extra height and the framed windows (though I can't say for sure). The dash shape yields a slightly higher dash on the passenger side, especially where the airbag is.

Egress into the rear seats (for cargo or passengers) is easier than the coupe, but the opening is a lot smaller, so it can be tougher to get large cargo into the car. Try taking the seats out of a coupe...then a sedan. The coupe is infinitely easier.

Visibility is slightly better in the coupe. The sedan has more headroom inside. I haven't seen the numbers, but i'd be willing to bet that the sedan has slightly more leg room. I know the seat brackets are a little different. I have both vaders and stock sedan seats for my car and they have different fore and aft limits.

The sedan feels a little more robust. You close the door, you hear it thunk shut...you don't hear a glass panel flap against a piece of rubber, then move up a 1/4" in a feeble attempt to seal properly. The coupes develop wind noise.

For the people that say the coupe feels more sporty...a lot of that is the vaders. Pop vaders in a sedan and it feels very similar. Though, having a pillar right next to your head and having a slightly higher dash may be things that coupe guys aren't used to and wouldn't welcome.

The coupe is indeed what most people think of when they picture the quintessential E36 M3. I think it's worth noting that the M3 sedan is not a 4 door version of the M3 coupe. It's an M3 version of the 3-series sedan. That may sound like semantics, but this car was targeted at people that wanted a high performance version of the 4 door 3 series. That's what it is.

I won't get into the subjective stuff, but it's clear the different people gravitate to different body lines. As someone who has a sedan, daily drives an E46 coupe, and has driven a lot of E36s...it's all in your head. The 2 chassis derivatives are very very similar. The weights are essentially the same, all other things being equal.


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Where they differ, the ones with a double asterisk (**) are the M3.

And FWIW, I think the lines on the sedan are great...



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Default Re: Should I buy a E36 Sedan

Coupes make you look shorter.




Ok let me explain fiveightandten's schematic picture above shows the effect well.

With the sedans, the front doors are shorter in length. I'm 6' tall, so when I'm in my sedan my head is partially hidden by the B pillar. In a coupe, with the longer doors, my head would be well in front of the b pillar, making it look like the seat was further forward, presumably because I was short

So there ya go If you want to look tall and macho, get a sedan. If you want to look like a shrimp, get a coupe, lol.

Another thing to note is that I think much fewer of the sedans had folding rear seats than the coupes. I seem to recall about 25% of the sedans had folding rear seats, whereas I believe most or all of the coupes do. I'm glad my sedan has them.
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