Ever since I made the mistake of giving
up my 1997 M3 for a 2001 330i, I've
been itching to get behind the wheel of
the E46 M3. It's been well worth the
wait. With the 330 goin back at the
end of its lease, I decided to indulge
in a new M3, this time the convertible.
What can I say? Every time I take a
corner or shift a gear, I can't help
but break out in a big [well, you know
what]-eating grin. Life could not be
any better than this.
Comparing it to the old M3 does the E46
no justice. The new M3 is a beast, a
snarling, roaring animal of a car that
will frighten old women and small
children on the sidewalk as it prowls
Wow! This car is the most exceptional
vehicle I've ever had the pleasure of
driving. It completely defies
description. It isn't my first BMW;
I've previous owned (new) a '98 318i
and a (new)'01 330i, and though they
were nice cars, they just don't come
close to the M3. The handling is
awesome, the acceleration is awesome,
the ride is somewhat harsh (but what
can you expect from a sports car? It
has a very stiff suspension)and this
car is just so much fun to drive. It
puts a grin on my face every time I get
behind the wheel.
Love the 6 speed tranny. The 333 h.p.
makes it really move down the road,
love the quick response from the
accelerator, love the high speeds that
this car handles and still makes you
think you're going about 45 mph. Even
at higher speeds, the handling is still
There are, even after only 7500 miles,
some mildly annoying squeaks and
rattles that I wouldn't expect from a
car in this price range. The interior
is also rather cheesy, but then again,
one doesn't buy an M3 for the interior!
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