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Ultimate Muscle Car
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By Ultimate Muscle Car
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2001 BMW M 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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The 2001 and 2002 M roadsters are unique in their absolute driving performance. The engine is sublime and the car can out run just about anything on the road. From a roll, from a launch, or on the freeway it just runs away. Most everyone underestimates the car and I have yet to see a car (even new models of corvette, SRT8s, camaros, etc) that can even keep close. The car can break the tires free shifting into any gear but is so balanced that there is no loss of control or fishtailing. If you think your current car is fast and handles well you should drive one of these to compare.


Favorite Features

The motor has torque and HP at every RPM. Can drop it in 3rd at 90 and spin the tires. 50/50 weight balance.


Suggested Improvements

The seats are tight and hold you in firmly, great for spirited driving but less so for daily driving.


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Fast and fun
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By RoadieWNC
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2001 BMW M 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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Built for winding alpine touring the S54-equipped M roadster is the best car I have ever owned in terms of raw thrill, performance and head-turning good looks. The only (minor) design flaw is non- functional shark-gill side air vents (unlike its lesser cousin the Z3). Odd in a car where every aspect of driving is optimized for the purist from analog instruments to race-quality seat bolsters and an unnerving lack of roll in the fastest corners. It will take anything except a Z06, Viper or Turbo Porsche in a straight, and in the mountains it's virtually untouchable - truly a keeper for the enthusiast and if you find one in mint condition it will be close to 2X the "suggested" online prices.


Favorite Features

S54 engine.


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Monster Power
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By gravis8000
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2001 BMW M 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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If you are considering buying this car, good luck finding it for the dealer retail or private party value on Edmunds. If you do find it at that price, it's a lemon. These cars are rare and worth the premium! Mine is a Laguna Seca w/13K miles. Build quality issues not yet encountered but I did previously own an 00 M Roadster and a 2003 M3 Conv and agree the M Roadster did have more quality problems (last one had 70K miles). M3 did not have such problems. It's funny watching Porsche Boxter S's disappear in the review ;-) Gorgeous, rare, stunning appearance, gobs of power at high revs (downshifts needed @ high speeds, could use a 6sp but still a fantastic ride) - grab one if you see one!


Favorite Features

S54 Engine, S54 Engine, 315HP, 251FP/Torque, S54, did I mention the S54? Stunning looks, fast power drop- top, two-tone interior color combo. You will dust almost anything on the road short of a new 06 M5/M6 or a Corvette Z06. Great exhaust (way better than the M3 but not as good as the S52)


Suggested Improvements

Rear suspension will fly out w/out DSP on - unless you're a pro, keep the DSP on. Needs sport mode like the M3 (this can be modified by a BMW shop). Give it a 6sp, maybe 85 more HP, lowered an inch more, still suffers from poor paint. Extreme - but you can tell BMW left some on the table :-)


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Love & Hate
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By newyorker
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2001 BMW M 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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I fell in love with this car the day I saw it, and I am still in love with it. However, I did encounter as well endless quality problems... anything from door locks, seat belt, noises to fuel pump and main computer... Have been in and out of the dealership every month and had to tow 3-4 times. Having this car out of warranty can kill you. On the other hand, the shape of it is unique: I am sure a few years down the road it will become a classic, especially considering the small number of 2001/2002 produced.


Favorite Features

Aisthetics, engine, interior, quality of finishing


Suggested Improvements

Train dealer-network on how to encounter the common issues


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Glad to be rid of it
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By mitchm
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2001 BMW M 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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Performance is outstanding but quality issues plague this car (and everyone else I know with the Z3/M has issues too). Don't know why no BMW owners will step up to the workmanship & quality issues. My son's Hyundai was bought at the same time, has twice them miles on it and never sees the dealer. I was a regular. Glad the lease is over and it's gone. Going back to Japanese sports car or Corvette.


Favorite Features

In a word, performance. The engine and drivetrain are quite good. Love the styling.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the locks so they don't break frequently. No plastic rear window. Get themotor to not stall when cold. Put in speakers that don't blow out when you breath on them. Produce car with defect-free paint. Design out ratty, tin can exhaust sound when you step on it -- add deeper throat


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Yeah Baby, yeah!
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By WT
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2001 BMW M 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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From a price/fun ratio this is THE perfect car. What can go faster, quicker for $35K? Nothing without nitrous. The car fits like a glove and flies like a fighter jet. First time drivers of the M will drop their jaws at the performance.


Favorite Features

Engine, exhaust, engine, suspension, engine, aesthetics, engine.


Suggested Improvements

Some insulation behind the dash for some creaking, glass rear window, that's it.


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Love The "M"
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By Beemer Dude
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2001 BMW M 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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I had a 2.5 Z3 for a few years and put everything Dinan on it for more power. I asked the dealer what was the best year. they responded with "the 2001 M Roadster". I have been looking for over a year for one ( I see once people get one, they won't let go) I finally picked up one at a Volvo dealer (of all places) I LOVE this car!!!! it has to be the best ride I ever had. I just hit 40 and will never grow up. I wanna be burried in this car (ha-ha).


Favorite Features

THE POWER!!!


Suggested Improvements

LEAVE IT ALONE!!


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best Roadster made.
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By steve A
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2001 BMW M 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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This is a very fun car. the stability control is Very good, acceleration is outstanding.


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Ultimate Traditional Sports Car
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By M Roadster Driver
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2001 BMW M 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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If you like the traditional British style of small roadster sports car, but would like reliability and modern supercar performance, this is your car. This car has been everything the specs promised. The car and straight six 315 hp engine is so smooth, the speed can be deceptive except that other performance vehicles disappear in the review mirror. I like its relatively conservative, traditional appearance and it's limited production numbers vs. ten of thousands of Corvettes. Turn the traction control off and it can switch ends very quickly. Recommendation: leave it on on the street or your favorite curvy road! This one is a keeper!


Favorite Features

Power, interior and exterior styling.


Suggested Improvements

Little more interior head room, and less high speed nervousness from the rear suspension.


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Ride the rocket
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By Tom Carroll
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2001 BMW M 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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I drive this car year round in Western Upstate NY., and back and forth to Maine...obviosly people think I'm nuts, but I love this car. I have the hard top and blizzak snows on all four wheels, and it never let's me down. This car has 315 horses draggin you around and it's like having a 4 wheel motorcycle. On the highway you can drop out of 5 to 4 or 3 depending on how aggressive you feel and dust anything short of an exotic. I would recommend this car to any enthusiast. It might be a little tricky for a newbee, but with the DSC on it's hard to break it loose. Buy one. You won't regret it.


Favorite Features

Power, control, reliability, fit and finish makes this car a pleasure to own and drive


Suggested Improvements

None.


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