Jack and His BMW M Power Engine
My name: Jack
My age: 47
My profession: Human Resources Director
City/town: Arlington, TN
Relationship status: Single
Auto: 1990 BMW E30 M3
What is the best thing that you like about your ride?
It was built as a performance car - not fast, but a wicked handler. It's got a very high revving 2.3 Liter 4 cylinder engine that pumps out around 200 hp. Not much by today's standards. But, it's top speed is north of 140 mph and it will out handle almost anything new out there.
Do you like to take road trips in your car? Describe your favorite road trip -- where did you go? What did you do?
A great car to take on road trips. The only danger right now is that the cruise control is not working, so therefore it's on the pedal the entire time. It really doesn't settle in to being comfortable in 5th gear until about 100 mph. Its longest trip to date is from Orlando to Memphis when I bought it.
What special touches have you added to your car that reflect your personality and individuality?
Again, mainly aesthetics. It came with the red trim around it, like found on the Sport Evolution models in Europe. So, carrying the theme on, I continue adding Evo items to it.
What is the most you've ever paid for a car? What is the most you would ever pay for a car?
In 1988, I bought its sister (a white model with cardinal red interior) off the showroom of the local BMW dealership. Back then, the car sold for $33,000. Today, that would equate to well over $60K. I've bought more expensive cars dollar wise since then. But, taking into consideration inflation, the M3 in 1988 was by far the most expensive.
Do you have a great memory of a date that relates to your car?
I don't take my toys on dates. There is a personal side of me that you have to get to know before you are introduced to my love of cars. So, a date will be picked up in my Mazda 6. Love me, not the car.
Do you find yourself more attracted to people with similar car tastes to your own? Or doesn't it matter?
No big deal either way. Most don't get it, anyway.
Do you like tinkering under the hood, or do you leave repairs and routine maintenance to your mechanic?
Not much under the hood. I tend to work on the aesthetics of the car. I leave the tuning of the race inspired engine to BMW master techs.
If you had an unlimited budget and could change anything you wanted on your car, what modifications or accessories would you add?
I'd rebuild the motor to a 2.5 liter Sport Evolution model. It was only available in Europe. But, they are being built in the U.S. now. I'd pick up some more horsepower and the real warhorse of the early M3 motor line.
Do you think your car has a personality or soul? What kind of sound or behavior does it have that makes it unmistakably your car?
It's a little buzz bomb. But, not like a ricer. It has a throaty, high-revving four cylinder that means business when it comes down the road.
Do you have a nickname for your car?
No. Although a friend calls his "Hans" and I just consider giving a car a boy's name just plain weird.
Have you upgraded the car stereo? What is your "dream" sound system?
The radio was not working when I bought it. I've since replaced it with a period Blaupunkt head unit to mimic the radio that was originally found in the car. My "dream" would be to find a working period BMW radio!
What aspect of your ride most attracted you when you decided to own and drive it?
This one was a throwback to the '88 that I owned way back in '88. It was one of those cars that when I sold it, I regretted it from that day forward. In fact, I saw my first one on the road one day and chased it down to talk to its owner. Sadly, he had not taken care of the car and it was not the ride that I remembered. I bought the first one in '88 for its beauty (in the eyes of the beholder, I know) and its race reputation.
Have you ever pushed your car to its performance limit? What was the fastest speed?
It's tapped the 145 mph top end a few times.
Are you a member of any car clubs or other auto related organizations?
I belong to the BMWCCA and its local chapter. Although it's mainly filled with new car owners, there are many enthusiasts within it to tap for information.
What was the first car you ever had? Do you ever get nostalgic for it?
It was a 1976 Ford Mustang Cobra - a total POS. No nostalgia for it.
If you could trade your ride in for any other car, what would it be, regardless of the price?
About the only thing that I'd take, within reason, would be a new Lotus Exige. It's the only thing that I've seen that can really out handle the BMW.
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