I bought a 1997 M3 five months ago, and
I'm happy with it -- it's a blast to
drive -- but some interior features
have a ticky-tacky feel. Plastic bits
have broken off, for example. Some BMW
dealers, meanwhile, seem to think that
actually servicing my car is beneath
them. To add to the frustration, many
spare parts cost a bloody fortune.
The M3 is the only true sports car at a
decent price with a real back seat.
The 5s and 7s are luxury cars: powerful
but heavy. The M3 is more like a
racing car: light, juicy, low to the
ground, with a stiff ride that lets you
feel every pebble. Not for everyone,
but I love it.
I wish BMW dealers put more gracious,
intelligent people on their phones.
Too many of the people I've talked to
have been haughty, dismissive and ill-
informed. I would also appreciate more
robust interior components, maybe made
of metal or wood instead of plastic.