2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

2002 BMW M3: Cracks 20,000 Miles in Our Hands

March 30, 2009

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When we bought our beloved E46 back in December of 2007, the 2002 BMW M3 had covered 49,750 miles. Well, that was 15 months and 20,000 miles ago.

The good news: We haven't spent a dime on maintenance since we had that alternator problem dealt with back in September around the 62,000 mile mark. Well, not unless you count tires. I'm also astonished at how tight this car feels. We don't baby it, believe me, yet there is not a squeek or a rattle to be heard. Tight as a drum, and I swear the suspension feels new.

The bad news: The steering and shifter are feeling their age. Especially the shifter.

By the way, a new M3 Sedan will be joining our fleet in April, and its arrival will mark the end of this car's time with us. I for one will miss it. Will you?

Anybody out there want to buy a well preserved 2002 BMW M3?

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 69,789 miles

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