2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test


2002 BMW M3: Junk in the trunk.

January 04, 2008


Things were different back then. In naught-Two the world was a simpler place. Fewer iPods, no Zunes (who am I kidding, there still aren't any Zunes) and Bluetooth was more likely to be associated with pirates than wireless communcation. And, apparently, in Germany at least, the cassette tape was still a viable music medium. That's right folks, behind the fancy tilting Nav. screen (which there will be many posts about in the future) is a tape deck.
A tape deck. In a $50K car made in this decade. What life must have been like for those poor souls.

But that's not the real problem. Our Long Term Hyundai Azera had a tape deck, and above it was a CD player. It's no iPod jack, but I'll take it. BMW put the changer in the trunk. I guess back then people liked to walk more than they do today. Or they had a longer attention span. What I do know is that today, in 2008, this is a pain in the bottom, especially in a car that I never, ever, ever want to stop driving.



On the bright side, the Harman/Kardon stereo that the tape deck and trunk mounted CD player connects to is fantastic. Even after 4-years and 50K miles of use, the highs are bright and clear and the bass is deep and crisp. At high volumes (far higher than I would ever use) there is some mild fuzz that could be from wear, or more likely, from improperly shielded wires. But if you listen to it that loudly for any amount of time you'll be deaf in days and Voila! Problem solved.



Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 50,777 miles.

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