1997 BMW M3 Consumer Review: fun, but some cheesy features

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fun, but some cheesy features
By howtomb on


1997 BMW M3 2dr Coupe


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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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.
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