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Rush of Seratonin and Dopamine driving this car !!!
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By m3matt
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2003 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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This car is extremely powerful and fast for what it is. For a 3.2L 6 cylinder car this thing has more power and much faster than my 1995 Corvette with a 5.7L V8 that i used to own. Very comfortable ride that handles awesome. You can take turns and bends at very high speeds and it hugs the corners and feels very stable at high speeds. I have the 6 speed manual which I love. Fastest I took it up to was 130 mph in 6th gear and still some room on the tach. the European models can top out close to 180 mph. US models have a restrictor on the somewhere around 140 or so but can override with a chip. Does use a bit of gas depending on driving habits but who cars when your having fun.


Favorite Features

One is the sport mode. It will throw you back in your seat. Also the rush you feel when you are cruising at 40 mph or so, hit the sport mode, drop it down a gear and watch the speedometer climb and feel the car take off.


Suggested Improvements

For the year I think this car was way ahead of its time and would still even give alot of newer cars a run for their money. For example the sporty looking vent grills on the side front fenders. The M3 is the first car I remember seeing do that. Now you see alot of stupid cars in the year 2014 such as Kia Optima, Ford pickup trucks, Ford focus, and a few other crappy cars that stared to put that on their front side fenders.


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Bavarian Engineering at its best.
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By alpswagon
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2003 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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Love the car, its like a wolf in sheep's clothing. Drives like a luxury car when out of sport mode. But when you push the sport button it instantly turns into a street legal race car. Handles like a dream and puts a huge smile on your face when you drive this vehicle.


Favorite Features

Lines of the car. Love the distinction between the normal 3 series and the M3.


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Mid-life ride
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By mgrif32
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2003 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I bought my M3 in December with 71k miles...had been looking for one for three years before this one rolled on the lot. It has been everything I hoped, and I've even managed to get 21 mpg combined city/hwy. The ride is a little bumpy, largely because of the tight suspension and low-profile tires. But every time I drive it, I get a smile on my face. I don't drive it hard, but I do look forward to on ramps, and it's nice having "video game" speed whenever I want to pass on the highway. Press the accelerator, and it takes off. The stereo is good, but not great, and the factory navigation is obviously a bit outdated, but still neat to have.


Favorite Features

Great acceleration, strong braking, Heated seats, On-board computer, rain-sensing wipers


Suggested Improvements

Upgraded factory stereo package could be better, Key is kind of clunky


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Don't wait to get a used M3
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By brianz
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2003 BMW M3 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I have owned 24 cars in the past in 12 years of me owning my license. I had always wanted an m3 conv. and I finally purchased one! It has made me decide that BMW is truly the ultimate driving machine and I will get another m3 if I ever decided to sell this one . But that does not look likely. Fun/ sun / speed! They made a great car that I would recommend to anyone that asks.


Favorite Features

The though you back in your seat power! and the looks as everyone loves this car!


Suggested Improvements

With the top up there are some rattles but what is the top doing up? Its a convertible and when its down there are no sounds but the wind and motor


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Live in Daytona?
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By trying Lexus
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2003 BMW M3 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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This is my 4th BMW and wanted to treat myself to a convertible. Although this is truly a ‘looker’, unless you are driving the Daytona 500 to work, I’d suggest getting the loaded 330 (or Lexus IS). Racing clutch is impossible to not be jerky no matter how delicate you shift. Suspension is so tight than unless you’re on pristine Florida roads, you can lose a kidney on the way to work. But, lets face it, the car draws attention and it’s still true that nothing handles and drives like a BMW!


Favorite Features

Looks! Superior BMW reputation and reliability.


Suggested Improvements

As in the 2010 model, you really need the option to 'relax' the suspension. This car is NOT a comfortable ride. Fun if on the track, but how many times are we doing that!


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Ultimate Driving Machine
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By the STIG
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2003 BMW M3 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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Right when I saw this car I knew that we were meant for each other. The handling will blow you away. Love letting it loose all the way to 8200 redline and then shifting in .8 milliseconds. Love driving in SPORT and DSC turned off. Surprising decent mpg get 27 on highway and 21 on streets and I don't drive like a gramma. Just keep in mind if the road is ruff you will feel it! M3 comes with a lot of options like nav, competition package, CSL, luxury package.


Favorite Features

SMGII, gauge set up, body style, grille, 8200 red line, xenon lights


Suggested Improvements

meaner exhaust seriously, hide antenna


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Wow!
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By Ammalgam
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2003 BMW M3 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I just bought this car a couple of days ago. Black/Black and convertible. Let me tell you this car is amazing. Civil enough to drive to work but enough horsepower to totally blow away the 911 Carrera next to you.


Favorite Features

Engine noise through the exhaust and convertible top.


Suggested Improvements

I wish you didn't have to hold down the button to have the top open and close. It should be a one touch thing.


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AMAZING!!
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By marsh
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2003 BMW M3 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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We have only had the car for about 5 months (we bought it used) and we already love it! it is such a great car. It is sturdy and very quick. And during the summer the convertable is great. I would reccomend this car to anybody.


Favorite Features

Everything about the engine is great. It has a great sound and a sturdy feel.


Suggested Improvements

The gas mileage could be a little bit better.


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3 years later
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By Don
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2003 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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As of July '06 I've owned my M3 for three years and it's my daily driver. It is a fantastic experience. It takes a while to learn the SMG but it,s worth it; once you've got it down you'll never regret it. Buttery smooth shifts or burnouts from hell. The ride is pure performance. You feel like your hands are running over the surface of the road. With that kind of input you know exactly what to expect from the car. My M3 has been everything I hoped it would be. I've had any number of total strangers come up to me and tell me how much they like my car. I have no idea what BMW is going to do for an encore but I will be ready, willing and waiting.


Favorite Features

Ride, acceleration, handling, brakes, SMG, looks, comfort, the whole car!


Suggested Improvements

Keep the formula on the next version. I have no idea how it can get better but I'm willing to find out.


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Luvin Every Minute Of It
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By PaulWall
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2003 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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My first impression of this car was bad since within the first 2 weeks of ownership it had to be towed to the shop for not starting. The starter was replaced along with wiper blades and an oil change at no cost. Nice. It has been a dream ever since. It has incredible power for an inline 6 cyl and a suspension that compliments it once you get up to speed. The interior is well suited for a high performance car yet still remains very comfortable partly due to the lower seat extension a feature I really like. The only issue I've had with driving was getting use to the SMG transmission and now I'm madly in love with that setup. Great job on the entire design of this driveline.


Favorite Features

Inline 6 cylinder motor that growls and eats V8s for snacks. The SMG transmission.


Suggested Improvements

Problem with the seat belt. Nerve-racking at times. Increase the travel of the telescope steering by an inch. If you wanna whine.


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