2002 BMW M3: Make Some History
August 28, 2008
So, last night I had an opportunity to drive our 2002 BMW M3. Normally, The Man doesn't let me near the nicer, more performance oriented cars in our long term fleet. Something about him being worried about me cutting the exhaust off the car and running straight pipes. Just because I did that on my personal car, doesn't mean I'd do it to the M3. Even if I did, I'd totally put it back...
Anyway, how much did we pay for this thing? That's right, 30 grand.
Walking out of a local liquor store last night, brown paper bag in hand, I strolled toward our black M3. There was only one working light in the parking lot and it illuminated the ground around the BMW. Not to get sappy, but it was one of those moments. A moment that every car guy needs to have and one that you're not likely to get with a lot of other cars costing $30k. Walking over to a beige Accord? A light blue Camry? Please.
When you grow old, and your kids ask you about the cars you used to own, don't you want to be able to tell them about the years you owned an M3? Maybe a Corvette or a Ferrari? Your kids aren't going to want to hear, "Well, we had to sell one of the Corollas after we had your sister, so we bought a Camry. What color was that, dear?" No. Even the most Communist of children want to be regaled with stories of sport seats, power slides and exhaust pulses ricocheting off the walls of tunnels.
Suck it up and buy something really cool, just once. Ok, maybe twice. You owe it to yourself. You owe it to your kids. Oh, and make sure to have your picture taken next to it too.
Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 60,333 miles