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.
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.
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.
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.
Lines of the car. Love the distinction between the normal 3 series and the M3.
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 The stereo is good, but not great, and the factory navigation is obviously a bit outdated, but still neat to have.
Great acceleration, strong braking, Heated seats, On-board computer, rain-sensing wipers
Upgraded factory stereo package could be better, Key is kind of clunky
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.
Ride, acceleration, handling, brakes, SMG, looks, comfort, the whole car!
Keep the formula on the next version. I have no idea how it can get better but I'm willing to find out.
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.
Inline 6 cylinder motor that growls and eats V8s for snacks. The SMG transmission.
Problem with the seat belt. Nerve-racking at times. Increase the travel of the telescope steering by an inch. If you wanna whine.