What hasn’t already been said about the iconic BMW E30 M3? As far as cult cars go, you can’t find one that has garnered a larger crowd of fans than the BMW E30 M3. The original M3, the one that started the madness was launched back in the 1980s and it has been fascinating people ever since, with its incredible balance and great, timeless looks. But how would one such car hold up over the years?
Well, Matt Farrah put one to the test and his ride for the day was a mint 1988 BMW E30 M3 which was, to our surprise, almost entirely stock. We were mostly surprised because these cars tend to get tuned into oblivion by people looking to squeeze every bit of performance out of that platform. Since the S14 engine was dubbed by some to lack punch by today’s standards, a lot of folks are installing turbos and other engines altogether in the engine bay to compensate.
It’s not the case here but the car isn’t exactly bone stock either. The owner did add a carbon fiber intake to the mix, which looks absolutely stunning, along with an EVO III splitter at the front and some brake ducts from the same model. Other than that, this E30 M3 is stock and we’re glad to hear it. With 82,000 miles on the odometer, this thing has barely been used over the 29 years that have passed since it left the assembly line in Germany.
As for the way it drives, I’m gonna let Matt do the talking and describe how a stock BMW E30 M3 feels nearly 30 years after it was built. I won’t let you in on what he said but I will mention that his smile says it all.