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2002 BMW M3 Convertible

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M3 - top down baby
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By Heather5586
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2002 BMW M3 Convertible 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I bought this car without ever test driving it. I owned 2 Audi TT's and was ready for a back seat so I decided on the 3 series. I fell in love with the M's because of the sport package, performance and overall look! The car is fun and a real eye catcher. If you own the conv and have long hair you MUST invest in the windscreen! It's a must have and does wonders! I can be cruising on the highway at 80 mph and my hair doesn't flinch! I love it~


Favorite Features

19' wheels are killer looking (but buying the tires is a pain). I love all the different sport modes with the SMG tranny. The overall looks are just outstanding. I love my M3! I have a special order color (baby blue). I like the parking sensors, they have saved my life a few times.. LOL


Suggested Improvements

The CD changer in the trunk skips a lot due to my low profile tires and crappy roads. The stereo isn't the best (My Audi had a Bose system). I also don't like the heated seats - they aren't warm enough. The ride can be very bumpy especially if you have the 19' wheels. TIRES = $$$$$


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The M3 made me a new BMW fan
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By JonH
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2002 BMW M3 Convertible 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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The BMW M3 is a true BMW enthusiast's must-have. I bought this car at 90k miles and have driven it 30k more without many major issues - just one dead gas pedal which cost me ($120, 5 mins to replace), four oil changes ($70 each), air filter, and a few other small repairs (window regulator $200, convertible top sensor $300). If you can even remotely work on cars, you can SIGNIFICANTLY reduce the cost of ownership and heighten its reliability. I commute with this car everyday and it's fast, fun, practical, and great in stock form.


Favorite Features

What else do you buy this car for besides its handling, performance, and prestige? It hides its weight very well. Short of the Ducati 999, it's the funnest, most exhilarating toy in the garage. Oh and I commute with it too.


Suggested Improvements

Where am I going to hang my coat? And tell BMW dealerships to lower their prices - it is far less expensive than they charge you to take care of this thing.


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Beware of the hype...
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By Playdrv4me
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2002 BMW M3 Convertible 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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In my mid 20s I have owned about 30 cars, many of them BMWs, and BMWs are my favorite by far. Some of them also with higher miles and never a problem. This includes a 2003 Range Rover (highly modified X5 essentially) with over 90k and a 1995 750iL with 114k. My M3 convertible SMG CPO only has 78k and already feels like its falling apart, has been to the dealer numerous times for an engine tap they insist is normal, and is unacceptably loud and harsh for the performance you actually get.


Favorite Features

Prodigious power (though it comes with a price, both dollar-wise and comfort-wise), 3 Series trademark UNmatched styling, convertible top (though a lot of this can be had in the much less expensive and more user friendly 2003+ 330Ci Performance Package (ZHP).


Suggested Improvements

HK audio is horrid compared to the sedan, interior materials could have been better, SMG trans is unnecessary unless you really don't want to shift yourself, race bred engine in a street car is like a chocolate chip and bacon cookie. Sounds good until you try it. Don't buy this car on hype alone.


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M3 is a great buy!
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By Bryan Stone
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2002 BMW M3 Convertible 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I've really enjoyed owning my M3, as it is large enough to accommodate my family, but plenty sporty enough to really enjoy driving on weekend getaways. On top of that, it's stylish and catches a lot of attention on and off the road.


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M3 after Nissan Maxima
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Yelis63103
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2002 BMW M3 Convertible 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


Review

Japanese reliability and German reliability are 2 different things. My '95 Nissan Maxima had 165k miles and almost no problems. '02 M3 with 40k miles (bought with 28k) does have some issues. 1. Before 28k miles engine: overheating + minor repairs. After 28k miles: water pump failed, windows/locks control module failed, navigation failed + minor issues. If you buy German car, make sure you have warranty. I have 100k miles and 2 years left on mine. Other then that the car is nice. SMG is #1 transmission in the world. DSC does wonders to save your life. Convertible looks sexy! And S54 engine considered to be #1 winner engine in the world from 3 to 4 litters from 2001 to 2006.


Favorite Features

333 hp., SMG tranny, DSC, convertible, S54 engine screams! Winter tires + DSC working = the car handles in snow better then most FWD and RWD cars. (DSC is high tech. BMW M3 Dynamic Stability Control.)


Suggested Improvements

1. Seats have to be more comfortable. 2. Leather wears, plastics are cheap. 3. So much weight added to convertible (400 lbs) = slower then coupe (not like you gonna need extra 0.4 sec of the line but still).


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