Is A Lexus IS300 Better Than A BMW E36 M3?

Heavy lean! Photo courtesy of Lexus

Is an E36 BMW or a Lexus IS300 a better drivable tuner car? How many Jeep tattoos is too many? Why are off-road sports cars so hot right now? All this and more discussed on this week’s Smoking Tire podcast, featuring Jalopnik!

The Smoking Tire – Most Jalopnik Podcast Ever?

Myself and Jalopnik’s resident depreciated car-collector Freddy “Tavarish” Hernandez joined Matt Farah and his gang of motorized miscreatants on The Smoking Tire podcast this week. Tune in for free and hear all about Las Vegas in the good old days, good cars to tune while daily driving, and all the amazing things you can do in the dirt of Utah.


The Smoking Tire’s Zack Klapman takes us into his personal debate over whether to buy an E36 BMW or a Lexus IS300 as his next build base, and we discuss it at length right around the 72 minute mark.

I hope you have as much fun listening to the whole thing as I did telling the story about “the ranch of mannequins with burned faces” at the beginning.

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Andrew P. Collins

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik | 1975 International Scout, 1984 Nissan 300ZX, 1991 Suzuki GSXR, 1998 Mitsubishi Montero, 2005 Acura TL