2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test


2002 BMW M3: Coming Apart At The Seams

November 20, 2008

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I'm not really bothered by the interior wear issues in our long-term 2002 M3 that the other Josh highlighted recently. Considering that it's six to seven years old and hasn't exactly received meticulous care, this cabin is looking pretty good.

But I'm not so high on the busted trunk piece shown above, the thing you grasp whenever you open or close the trunk. I remember thinking it felt pretty flimsy when last I grabbed it (while loading CDs for my S.F. trip), but at least it was still kind of attached. Seems a clip or two has given way since Jay first pointed this out back in May -- when I opened the trunk to get our trusty roll of paper towels for oil-checking purposes yesterday, it nearly came off in my hand.

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And then there's the loose passenger-side kidney grille, which I noticed when I was checking the oil. You can slide it back into place, but it doesn't snap tight, so it must be down a couple clips as well. Slam the hood shut and it'll pop right back out again.

I'm a little surprised that problems like these and the headliner hole are cropping up on a 2002 BMW. It's not that old, is it?

Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 64,265 miles

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