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      07-11-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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Head 2 Head Episode: BMW E30 M3 vs Mercedes-Benz 190E

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On this episode of Head 2 Head, Automobile Magazine's Jason Cammisa rekindles a classic European sports sedan battle, pitting the legendary BMW E30 M3 against it's Cosworth-powered rival, the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16. Find out which homologation special is the most special of all!


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      07-11-2012, 01:33 PM   #2
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I was just about to post this. great video!
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Help me understand the M3's history... I thought the e30 M3 was made because in order to be in rallys the car needed to be a production car as opposed to what the host said "BMW only made the M3 because of the 190E". Maybe I'm getting this confused with the M1.
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Obvious bias towards the Mercedes was evident throughout the entire "review". Wasn't surprised at the end when he said he bought the 190E.

The E30 M3 was/is obviously the better car, there is a reason that to this day everyone and their mother remembers/desires the E30 M3 and not the 190E
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Obvious bias towards the Mercedes was evident throughout the entire "review". Wasn't surprised at the end when he said he bought the 190E.

The E30 M3 was/is obviously the better car, there is a reason that to this day everyone and their mother remembers/desires the E30 M3 and not the 190E
I know Jason personally. If he thought the Bimmer was a better car, he definitely would have said so. Your mileage may vary. There's something to be said for somebody willing to enter a comparison with an open mind and choose a different path then "everyone and their mother".
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      07-11-2012, 06:33 PM   #8
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Looks like a trip in the time machine, so cool.
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I just love the E30. I don't really care about which one is the cooler...
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Obvious bias towards the Mercedes was evident throughout the entire "review". Wasn't surprised at the end when he said he bought the 190E.

The E30 M3 was/is obviously the better car, there is a reason that to this day everyone and their mother remembers/desires the E30 M3 and not the 190E
It sounds like he said it will be in his driveway "next to his E30" so it doesn't seem like he's too biased towards one over the other, and he said the Benz's shifter feels awful while the E30's was "from the Gods."

I used to have a BMW 4 banger (okay...it was a 318is so it wasn't really in the same league ) but I can definitely see what he means about the Bimmer's engine being rough and annoying to live with. I loved driving my E36 through the twisties exactly as much as I hated driving it in daily conditions, that's probably why I spent almost 100% of my time in that car at full throttle.

One more thing, you say everyone and their mother desires the E30 M3 but that may be because you spend a lot of time on BMW forums and stuff, I know a lot of Benz guys who are just as deeply in love with their 190E. I actually used to have a sort-of similar car to that, to: a 300E 2.6 in that same color combo, the powertrain in mine was gas mileage oriented (kind of like a 528e) but those old 190E and 300Es were excellent cars. If some dumb bitch hadn't ruined mine I would probably still have it to this day (at over 250,000 miles!).
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As a former 190E 16V owner, I have to agree with the host. For the money, the 16V is the better car. That's why I bought one. 90% of the performance, better build quality, more luxurious, and less than half the price of the M3. E30 M3 prices are absurd. If you want to go to the track, of course the M3 is faster. Otherwise, the 190E is awesome.
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I agree. Unfortunately I think his review on the "action" side was pretty weak.

Give us some Chris Harris slides and some more action. Take us back 30 years on the autobahn or something while your there please!!! Boring.
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I really enjoyed that video. Those are two of my all time favorite cars. Thanks for sharing.

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great video! he says the benz is cooler, but look what he said he bought. idk if he's actually serious or not, but if he is...actions speak louder than words

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yeah whatever... I doubt anyone would be looking at an E190 when I pass by in this.

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the benz would be a lot cooler with nice wheels like the e30!
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+1 if you were smiling the whole time the E30 was on screen.

That thing just looks friggin amazing even after all these years. The front fascia = perfection.

E30 325 was the first BMW I've ever sat in way back when I was a kid so I have a greater appreciation for this machine.
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Mercedes 190 evolution 2 wins I will take that over any BMW ever made that's my favorite Mercedes ever but just to hard to find and too expensive
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Obvious bias towards the Mercedes was evident throughout the entire "review". Wasn't surprised at the end when he said he bought the 190E.

The E30 M3 was/is obviously the better car, there is a reason that to this day everyone and their mother remembers/desires the E30 M3 and not the 190E
What you stated is truly an opinion. Everyone on this forum remembers e30 because it's an BMW forum but I remember the 190e being just a good as the e30. And other forums brings up the 190 just as much as the e30 so some of the stuff you stated wasn't obvious
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A shame they didn't have a Sport Evo version of the Benz for the comparison. That would've been interesting.



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If you guys can make your cars sound like that and also look like that, you have a winner! The E30 M3 was the car that made me fall in love with BMWs. Clean lines, a look that never ages, a great engine and a great shifter. I love those headlights and grille and just about everything WAY more than the E92 and definitely more than the F30. After the E46 M3, it sort of went downhill...
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