If It Was My Money - 2002 BMW M3 Long-Term Road Test

2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

2002 BMW M3: If It Was My Money

January 26, 2009

The tenure of our M3 isn't going to last much longer and there have people often remark "Well, I should buy this car when we're done."

And just to answer a question you might have right now, no we don't gets deals on them.

We bought it used to see what the ownership would be like. I've loved this car. I love the sound, the ease of blip shifting, the power, the handling and the looks. But when I get into it during the day and see how the rubberized surface has been scratched up, the missing overhead light, and dangling trim it makes me wonder if our thoroughbred is on the backside of it's spunk.

A car like this need attention, and as it gets older it needs more and more. I don't think age is a deal killer. This M3 has plenty of big time pros, but the maintenance on a maturing performance vehicle isn't something to take lightly.


Would I buy it after it's tour is done? I thought about it a lot last night as I drove home from a late night movie. I pulled up next to a gray buzzard hunched over the steering wheel of his yellow GT500 at a stop light. Game on.

Once you get that rush of acceleration and growl of it's purebred engine, it's really hard to say it isn't worth it all.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer @ 66,986 miles

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