2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test


2002 BMW M3: Hassled in the Parking Garage

February 25, 2008

2002 BMW M3 - Caroline Pardilla

When you really like the car you're driving, it's natural to feel protective of it. And so it is with our 2002 BMW M3. I took extra care when parking it in this Culver City garage, centering it within a compact space. You can imagine my dismay when I returned from dinner to find this sloppily parked Eclipse Spyder GS beside it...

2002 BMW M3 - Caroline Pardilla

It was such a bad parking job, I couldn't get the driver door open wide enough to wedge my limbs and torso inside. So I got in from the passenger side. Although the M3 had a more challenging ingress than the last car I entered from the passenger side (a '99 VW Passat), I managed it -- and with the parking brake set.

On this occasion, I decided that I like the fact that our M3 is nearly 6 years old. It's still a wonderful car with a superb drivetrain (among other things), yet it's not so new and expensive that I'd worry incessantly about driving and parking it in LA if I owned it.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 52,347

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