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2002 BMW M3

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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 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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'02 BMW M3
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By mike
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2002 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


Review

Awesome car to drive... absolutely love it!!! The SMG gearbox is the way to go especially if you live where there is lots of traffic.


Favorite Features

SMG, engine.


Suggested Improvements

Little stiff ride, but to be expected from a sports car.


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It's great new, but what about after 50k?
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By used M3
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2002 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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Got mine used w/ 49k mi on it. Would not buy brand new - not worth 55k+ (w/options). The car is very well-balanced in terms of power, handling, comfort, and luxury (mine is loaded - heated seats, nav, park sensors, etc.). Don't worry about all this rod bearing talk - it's a RECALL! (ie. get it done for free) and you wont have to worry because it will have new warranty (motor ONLY). The disappointment is the trans/differential. Gearbox is inconsistent - sometimes it's fine but othertimes it grinds from 1-2 at slow speeds. The diff is noticably clunky w/excessive lash-feels like it will fail. Maybe the newer car owners don't feel it but after the car hits 50k be aware. The warranty ends.


Favorite Features

Cornering ability - very stable through the turns will on the throttle. Looks - very classy and sporty. Torque - very good on highway for passing. Gearshift has very light throw (when its not grinding). I've always admired this car before I got one. But after a year, I thought the build quality should be better.


Suggested Improvements

Interior headliner trim falls off (on $50k car!?). The drive-by wire throttle has lag on tip-in making slow driving jerky if you're not perfect. The gearbox can 'crunch or grind' and differential feels too loose and clunky. Nav is a pain to use - hope for a touch screen.


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Muscular elegance
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By Wal
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2002 BMW M3 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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Well, I finally got my hands on an M3 cabrio of my very own. I canít stop ranting and raving about it. The technology integrated into this machine is nothing short of amazing. Iím blown away by the performance of such a docile looking vehicle. Thatís probably my favorite part of owning it. No one knows itís a hot rod in disguise. Until you mash the go pedal and the rears light up while the car strays sideways. Wow! All this and seating for four adults AND luggage. Used to have an S2000 for 3.5 years before the M3. God bless the S2000 performance, etc, but the M3 really has it all. S2000 performance, but with comfort and room for luggage, the cooler and the Hibachi for the weekend getaways.


Favorite Features

Performance, luggage capacity, seating for four, beautiful cabrio top & ease of use, styling, SMG transmission, comfotable seating, fat steering wheel, road feel, ingenious BMW technology, exhaust note


Suggested Improvements

I think the sound system could be better. A car of this calibre should have a top of the line sound system. Alarm should be standard equipment in a car this expensive.


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M3 Dream
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By seasnake
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2002 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


Review

The current M3 is a dream for a performance car enthusiast. With few exceptions, it will bury the competition with always blistering accelleration and it will stop in a heartbeat. Handling is second to none, as might be expected with a chassis and mechanics tuned for the Nurburgring. Where else can you buy a world class, track-ready sport coupe that will also seat 4 comfortably - with luggage. Fit, finish and quality of materials is second to none. BMW - form does follow function.


Favorite Features

SMG transmission. Takes a while to get comfortable with and there are a couple of "give-ups" compared to a manual gearbox. But, the options are endless and lots of fun. I doubt there is a pro driver who can outshift the computer, and automatic double- clutching is amazing.


Suggested Improvements

Somehow - a little more storage in the cockpit area please.


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