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wunderkind 04-15-2004 01:27 PM

M Coupe: Known Issues?
Would like to know of any known issues with the M COupe? Drivetrain, mechanical, electrical etc... Please be honest.


crusher 04-15-2004 02:22 PM

First of all, try to find a M COupe that hasn't been driven to exinction heheh. If it is driven hard, check if it's properly maintained, signs would be brake upgrade, suspension upgrades, Oil change intervals.

Drivetrain from 98-00 M Coupe shares the same engine as the e36M3

Watch out for 98-00 transmission that doesn't pop back to the middle, I believe when you fist start the car in a very cold morning then put the car in 5th feather touch it back to neutral.. if the shifter stays on below 5th you may have a problem with the transmission clip (look at roadfly its very documented there). It is not a very serious problem but if your car is on warranty you can always ask the dealer to fix it for you. Otherwise, you can live with it by driving around for 10 mins let it all warm up and it will go back to normal. Its just very annoying because when you try to put it on 1st it goes to 3rd instead.

Drivetrain from 01-02 shares the same engine as e46M3

There is documented info on engines from 01-02 exploding look at roadfly, they sare the same problems as the 01-02 M3's

Trunk hatch mulfunction there is a easy fix for that

Some lights at the console doesn't illuminate, easy fix for that too by adding/replacing burnt light bulbs.

Key hole will freeze on -30to40!! You can't get in if you don't have the keyless entry.

Doesn't come with keyless entry!!!! Keyless entry cost around $600+

If your over 6~ feet you may not fit inside properly hehe

Seats doesn't drop low enough

Stock suspension is too high for my liking, there's a huge gap there

Watch out for cracked diff mount and cracked truck floor. THe Z3 shares the same diff mount as our fellow e30's. Due to that, with the M COupes higher powered engines the diffmount splits from the body. I suggest you read some info on roadfly about this because it affects almost all M Coupe specially older ones thats been driven hard. If there is crack BMW Canada might fix it or not, if not you have to get the plate kit from them, and then weld it.

After all I have said, I will still get the M Coupe. It's one hell of a car to drive and cruize around town heheh.

crusher 04-15-2004 05:56 PM

You may even double lock yourself in the car and the only way for you to get out is to use the key on your door. It happened to me heh

bottine 04-15-2004 05:59 PM

*th-up*You got that right ! :cool:

bottine 04-15-2004 06:01 PM

:cool: One of the best beast in town !!! *th-up*

97 Z3 2.8 04-15-2004 08:25 PM

Secondary air pump, Throttle position sensor, cat, oxygen sensor, rattling glovebox, rear shock mounts, subframe cracking, seats that move 1/4 inch at stop and start, squeaky clutch.

Would you like more?

Alezone 04-16-2004 12:41 AM

Known Issues:

too much power
too much torque
too much attention
too much trunk space
ricer magnet

crusher 04-16-2004 03:12 AM


Originally posted by Alezone
Known Issues:

too much attention
ricer magnet

I have first hand experience with those problems :D

wunderkind 04-16-2004 12:42 PM

Is that true of what Z3 2.8 listed?!

crusher 04-17-2004 03:02 PM


Originally posted by wunderkind
Is that true of what Z3 2.8 listed?!
Z3 Coupe 2.8? they most likely share the same problems besides the engine department

ROBM3 04-18-2004 01:16 AM

All minor problems, except for the rear differential.

not bad.

97 Z3 2.8 04-19-2004 06:01 PM

Not necessarily the differential, the whole rear subframe including the differential mounting points. The MC seems to be worse than others with this, although any E36/7 can get it.

Yes all those are common ailments... but you'll still love it in the end.

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