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2004 BMW M3

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BMW M3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 333 hp @ 7900 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 BMW M3

  • Phenomenal BMW handling combined with an equally awe-inspiring engine make this high-performance Motorsport creation one of our all-time favorites.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Remarkable engine, race-carlike handling, killer good looks, sumptuous interior, available Sequential Manual Gearbox.

  • Cons

    Uninspired exhaust whine, having to pay extra for basics like power seats and an alarm system.

  • What's New for 2004

    For the 2004 BMW M3, BMW Assist is now an available option for immediate roadside assistance, and Sirius Satellite Radio is newly available as a dealer-installed accessory.

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Customer Reviews

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All in one!!! performance, style

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Vehicle: 2004 BMW M3 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

Bought this amazing car last year with 55k orig miles. I've since driven it for 12k miles and can only say great things about it. It runs, drives and handles outstanding. The solid build, craftsmanship and styling of this car is top notch. The exterior color is called Carbon Schwartz. At first glance, it looks Black; but, in sunlight it seems to change to metallic dark Blue. Have to see it to believe it! Interior is Black with Black convertible top and 19" wheels. All original, non SMG, regular 6 spd. No problems at all. A practical yet powerful convertible sports car with room for 4 people and suitcases. A powerful, great handling sports car that gets 20mpg!! BMW got it right!!



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Best sports car ever

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Vehicle: 2004 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

I have been driving my M3 for the last 4 years. Truly amazing car. So responsive with exceptional handling. It is turning like on a rail I am not kidding. SMG is amazing once you get used to it - takes a while but once mastered you will love it. So much fun driving in the city. I am getting around 18/25 MPG not great but worth it. Lower the gear step on the gas boom you are there. It is rock solid in terms of reliability. No issues whatsoever. Only change oil twice a year around 100 bucks. E46s are probably the most reliable BMW model ever built. I heard M39s are also pretty reliable. This is one of the best sports car ever. Definitely a head turner. I am sad because it is getting older.




The ultimate driving machine

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Vehicle: 2004 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

It is hard to put into words about the magical smiles my '04 M3 makes on my face! You need to be the screaming passengers or a gutsy driver to take advantage of what this car delivers! FUN!!. The SMG takes time to learn, but I have a blast at Laguna Seca Raceway! I will have to refer people to the customer M3 reviews seen here to explain what I have to say about my M3! By far the best scariest time in total control! The most fun you can have with your pants on! I have done only 4 mods to my M3. Racing bushings for suspension, -1 degree camber for handling, Cool Carbon brake pads for the track, and K&N air filter. Stock other than that. Can't wait to drive! You have to pry me out of the seat!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Awesome!

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Vehicle: 2004 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

Having owned Audi s and BMW x5,330d I finally bought my m3. What a fantastic motor. I went to Manchester via motorway, the other day and recorded 29.6 mpg at a steady 80- 90 mph. This is the best car, by a long way, I have ever owned, a pleasure to drive.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Turbine smooth

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Vehicle: 2004 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

I have owned 58 cars - this is the very best - first drove a friend's new one in 1994 and vowed I'd get one, one day - well I am fortunate to own such a magnificent beast! The grin factor is huge - I always enjoy starting her up , letting her warm up - then giving more and more stick - and then there's still the Sport button - wow what could a person want? Looks good in an understated way - just the way I like it - best thing I ever did on the motoring side of things! Find myself wondering what I could replace it with - nothing comes to mind!




Can't buy more fun

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Vehicle: 2004 BMW M3 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

Nothing handles, accelerates, and overall performs like an M3 convertible and still has room for 4 people and luggage (try that in a Porsche). Proof positive that you can make a practical car fun, and a performance car practical! All with 21 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.



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What's New for 2004

For the 2004 BMW M3, BMW Assist is now an available option for immediate roadside assistance, and Sirius Satellite Radio is newly available as a dealer-installed accessory.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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