2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test


2002 BMW M3: Can I Keep It?

January 15, 2008

2002 BMW M3

Please, please, can I have it as my very own?

My first taste of our M3 was as a passenger. I got to sit back, crank up the heated seats, and enjoy listening to its healthy sound.

When I switched to the driver's seat, I was stuck in traffic, so I played with the navi system... The graphics are a little on the old side but it works. It's not particularly intuitive in its operation, but I remembered how to use it from our BMW X3 that we had a while back. (I still miss the X3. Sigh.)

I like masculine-looking cars. The Mini Cooper S is fun and all, but it looks like it should be sitting on top of a wedding cake or something. The M3's black exterior and red leather interior are manly and sporty. The red is darker than it appears in pictures. And it doesn't scream "look at me I'm a performer." It just has discreet M badging here and there and blood and guts under the hood.

And it's so easy to drive. The clutch is stiff as hell, but it engages quickly. This car wants to play. And it makes you want to play. I wonder when I'll get in it again. It's always the car that gets signed out first.

Oh, and I think I'm the only person to ever use the trunk. It's pristine. Here it is full of domesticity.

2002 BMW M3

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 50,980 miles

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