2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test


2002 BMW M3: What an Elegant Solution

December 01, 2008

theworldsgreatestfactoryhoodlatch.jpg I needed to check our long-term 2002 BMW M3's oil level and tire pressures in preparation for a weekend autocrossing school (photos of that coming tomorrow). I'd guess I've never checked the oil in our M3 before, because I was surprised when this little finger extended out after I yanked the hood release in the footwell.

m3enginebay.jpg What a cool idea. I don't have to look like I don't know what I'm doing at the gas station, fumbling under the hood panel for an unseen latch. Instead, I just pull this external lever and a second later the lovely north-south inline six appears before me. Every car should have this convenience.

The oil level checked out fine, but I added air to the tires.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ about 64,650 miles

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