2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test


2002 BMW M3: Salt and Pepper

June 24, 2008

I don't often get the chance to drive our long term M3, so when the slot became vacant to a bottom feeder on the chain such as myself, I jumped at the chance.

I was running to a photo shoot last night. I quickly hopped in and got running into East LA. My mind was focused on the traffic and what I want to do with my assignment that night. It wasn't until I got back into the car did I notice how time has flown by. No, not because it was 10pm or that I had multiple missed calls, it was the nav system graphics.

I remember when the nav system was a new technology in the BMW and at the time I thought it was pretty darn cool. As time has progressed, the technology has been refined. Now there are high-resolution touch screens, different voices or accents to choose from and a myriad other technologies available.

Looking at our M3's nav screen it reminds me of the Atari 2600's Adventure. Sure the graphics were very blocky and there were only six colors but we didn't know any better. Back when I was a kid it was the coolest game out there. In the Wii/PS3/Xbox world of today, it's downright primitive.

Our M3 is showing it's age a little more day by day. But am I going to turn down the chance of hearing the engine's growl and snort as I fly down a freeway entrance at night just because the graphics are a little dated? (Enter your Bronx-style expletive response here)

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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