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.
This car is a driver's dream. The complete package of comfort and performance. Outside of the door trim losing adhesiveness, the car has been worry and problem free. You can't help but get out and push the 333hp to the limits. The brakes, steering and DSC help make it as safe as it is fun to drive. There is not other car on the road, providing as much fun as the M3 for the money.
The 8200 rpm redline seems like the power keeps coming. The overall design, the most beautiful of any BMW. Sport mode, turn up the fun another notch.
Better adhesive to hold the door trim, this seems to be a prominent problem with the M.
I was on the wait list for the Porsche 997 and decided to get the M3 instead. I would love to own both but do not regret my decision to get the M3. I have been in or owned and/or driven Audi S4, Ferrari 550, Porsche 911T, Corvette Z06. All are outstanding in their own way. Bottom line is that there is no comprable car for the money. Corvette Z06 is a fantastic performance machine but still in essence a 'Chevy.' The C6 may be different. The S4 (2001) was a great car and easier to modify for more horsepower but had severe understeer and turbo lag. I would rather have the 911 turbo or Ferrari but obviously both are in a different price class.
SMG, appearance, high speed stability, handling, 4 seats, usable trunk
Better speakers, can never have enough torque or horsepower
My car is a late '03 and it's been nothing but a wonderful driving experience so far. I've put nearly 30,000 miles on it in 18 months and it's been perfectly reliable as a daily driver...no warranty issues. I've even driven in light snow with it, thanks to the abilities of DSC. The best thing you can do for yourself is to take the one day M-school course offered by BMW at their performance delivery center in Greenville, South Carolina. You'll learn all about how to properly use the M3's capabilities. It's cheap insurance!
1. Acceleration 2. Handling capabilities 3. Build quality 4. Styling inside and out 5. Nav system (a must!) 6. Park distance control (decadent but worth it) 7. Rain sensing, variable speed wipers (trés cool)
The '06 will be totally redesigned so it's hard to know whether my few complaints will be addressed but: 1. Get rid of the annoying buzz in the exhaust system 2. Make a high quality stereo system available; the HK unit is terrible 3. Make the driver's mirror turn down when shifting into reverse
I moved from a 540 to the 2003 M3. I
wanted more of the "driving
experience". I got it. THe M3 is a
rocket, and corners unbelievably. Yet
i have 3 kids, and visiting in St Louis
I had my wife, the 3 kids, and 4 pieces
of luggage in the trunk, all going to
the airport. Try that in your 911!
Cramped yes, but definitely doable. The
car is fairly comfortable for 3
adults. The ride is ultra firm, and
not for the light of heart. Drinking
you AM coffee in the car, and you
better have good roads, or you'll be
wearing most of the coffee. On
reasonable roads the ride is fine,
again firm. However, all this is
quibbling in the face of a very fun car
SMGII - my wife would never drive it
with a "Manual". THis way its fun for
her to drive.