If you told someone that you had a friend with a four-cylinder BMW who "would let me wash the car," and in exchange for the privilege then let you drive that clean BMW once around the block, your first question would probably be "What kind of BMW is this?" There's a chance you wouldn't be surprised once you found out the coupe in question was the E30 M3, a car our own Zach Bowman dubbed the "Mmmmm3."

Petrolicious talks to Gabor Mester about the car he fell in love with, a black version of the original "Munich mauler" that was owned by the parents of a high-school friend - oh, and Mester was also in high school when this washing and driving took place. When the original owners were ready to sell, Mestor was ready to buy, and he hasn't had a single regret about it since.

You can enjoy his story in his words in the video below.



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      m3laszlo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hi guys it's me again; the only student in the history of Rutgers Newark to have driven two 1990 E30 M3's to school (one SterlingSilber, one DiamanteSchwartz). I'm still so enamored with the E30 M3 that I'm smitten for any other car. There really is no substitute. Trust me I've searched for DECADES. Porsche, there is no substitute? More like Porsche offered no substitute (except for the epic 996 GT3). If you want to know just what the hell I'm on about, let me summarize it this way: "Take the red pill" Oh the unlawful carnal knowledge I acquired, Oh the existential bliss I experienced. Anaïs Nin could not have written a more torrid love affair! To steal a quote from the Ray-Ban rocking Baby Boomer in that Cadillac SRX commercial, "wow" ...sigh **Hey, you know I'm sure I've seen that Hungarian dude Gábor Mester's black M3 at Laguna Seca when I was stationed in Monterey (with my black one). He certainly is driving on the Pacific Coast Highway where I took mine on occasion. I hope he's taken his up on 17 Mile Drive! I was almost two-wheeling it like Michael Gambon over there once when i caught up to some poor unsuspecting Camaro SS. I had to throttle back the rest of the way; even as he tried with all his effort to shake me. It's great long distance too: August 6,1999- August 9,1999 Solo journey from Monterey to NJ in 64 hours (sleep, gas, food, tolls, ticket, flat tire, time zones all included)
        m3laszlo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m3laszlo
        i'm noticing a trend: Same two people always giving my comments a thumbs down. hahahaha! It must feel really delicious.
      sigma pi
      • 1 Year Ago
      190E 16V VS E30 ///M3 was the best DTM racing I have seen.
      desoto4jsb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great story!
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love this Petrolicious "human loves car" series of videos. Nice to see an M3 NOT going off a cliff, too........
      Stang70Fastback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Title should be "Substitute," not "Substitution," FYI.
      Alex Ellsworth
      • 1 Year Ago
      I notice a lot of stuff in print waxing enthusiastic about the E30 M3 lately. But what about the E36? I talked my father into buying a secondhand one in the mid-90's, and it was a pretty fantastic car. Certainly not as bloated and filled with electronics as later versions became. In terms of handling, it was just like a roller coaster - curves would be coming up at you far too fast, and suddenly you'd just whip round them without drama. Certainly more of a purist's car than the modern ones, but I'd like to hear how it compares to the original E30.
        Ae Neuman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alex Ellsworth
        e30 wasn't as fast in a straightline as e36 but the e30 trounced the e36 in handling and feedback for the driver. the e30 was a real m-car. the e36 a dressed up 3-series.
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ae Neuman
          E36 generation was the beginning of electrical problems.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great story to go along with a great car.
      mechatricity
      • 1 Year Ago
      S15? Easy to work on?
      methos1999
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think I've ever heard an inline 4 that sounded as good as that one!
      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great video and a great tribute. Makes me want to take my E30 M3 for a canyon drive now! Love the color combo on his car, very rare.
      Csaba Szalontai
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would rather take the Mercedes 190E v16 2.5
      c2236
      • 1 Year Ago
      i'll take this e30 and 190e 16v 2.5 evo II anytime
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