2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test


2002 BMW M3: Three Things I Love, Three Things I Don't.

June 25, 2009

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Last night, I had a choice of either the new M3 or the old M3 to take home. I took the latter, which no doubt has some of you scratching your heads. You see, the old M3 will be going away soon and as I haven't driven it in a while, figured I better get time in it while I can. Even though it was just for my traffic-filled six mile commute, it was worth it -- this morning I let it sing on the wide-open on-ramp to the 10 trapped-way. Of course, one last dance through the canyons is on the docket too. So yeah, I like it that much. Dare I say, I'm as smitten with this car as Mr. Sadlier.

Herewith are the 3 things I love and, uhhh, don't love about the car:

Love:
1) Silken, muscular and free-revving 333-hp inline six.

2) Multi-adjustable sport seats that are comfortable on long trips and supportive on canyon runs.

3) The look and stance of the car. Seriously people, the E46 is the highwater mark of 3-series styling.

No Love:
1) No 'off' button for the climate control -- you have to repeatedly hit the fan's 'down' button to shut it off.

2) The cheap plastic trim near the parking brake and cup holders that looks like hell thanks to its easily-scratched up nature.

3) Exhaust note. Sounds tinny and wimpy compared to the hearty engine note.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 72,880 miles.

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