I love the ride of the M3 w/ the stock M suspension going over slight dips/bumps/small pothotles on the streets and highway is very tolerable, even a little too smooth. However, when you push the car in the twisties, the car absolutely shines...the suspension gets stiffer and stiffer the harder you push it. It's great!If you've never driven an M3 w/ aftermarket springs, please do NOT reply. I'm looking for first-hand experience. I already know how the HR sport springs work w/ other non-M3 cars.
The only major drawback is the ride height! The gap between the wheel and fender is simply too much for me aesthetically. BUT I don't want to compromise ride/handling quality for better aesthetics.
On my previous car (2002 330 ci), I had H&R sport springs which dropped it perfectly, but the ride quality was sacraficed somewhat. It was a little bouncy at times, and at high speeds, hitting slight dips was a bit jarring. Handling wise, it seemed to help a little but just a little.
I bought the M3 to inherit the entire package (ride, handling, looks, power, braking, etc.) so that I'd "NOT" have to heavily mod it and risk any warranty issues.
My dilemma now is this: should I get springs; if so, which brand/model will lower it nicely "without" sacraficing ride quailty? I hate the floaty/bouncy feeling that I had w/ my 330 ci w/ HR sport springs and will "not" get it if I have to deal w/ that.
What should I do? What are YOUR experiences w/ aftermarket springs on your M3? If you've never driven an M3 w/ aftermarket springs, please do NOT reply. I'm looking for first-hand experience.
Which is the BEST option w/out having to upgrade the shocks?
1. HR Sport (ride quality; does it lower it enough? will it stress the stock M shocks?)
2. Eibach Pro-Kit (ride quality; does it lower it enough? will it stress the stock M shocks?)
3. Racing Dynamics (ride quality; does it lower it enough? will it stress the stock M shocks?)
4. Leave it stock
5. Other springs (don't like what I've heard about Intrax springs).