This is a car that is so good looking, I walk away from it backwards so I can keep looking at it. I've put 7,000 miles on it, and continue to look forward to the next drive! What a balanced package; taut, yet supple, suspension, quickness, and turns are fun again! The last of BMWs great inline NA 6 cylinder engines has won Ward's International Engine of the Year award in its 3.2 liter class for at least five consecutive years. One drive, and I know why. The SMGII tranny is a blast to operate. It's a 6 speed manual tranny, and you modulate the gas pedal just like you would on a stick shift. I can shift aggressively, for fun and speed; or smoothly, for passengers. It's all about timing.
Overall vehicle balance, cornering stability and control, engine/tranny responsiveness and naturally aspirated feel with the 6 individual throttle bodies, awesome brakes, and the looks; oh man, the looks. The last of the driver-oriented, asymmetric interior/dash layouts from BMW. Nappa leather-soft!
I'm not a fan of the rasp, but this is solved by some straightforward exhaust components. Stock strut/shock damping is somewhat inadequate for handling a series of closely spaced bumps. Resolved with a specific aftermarket strut/shock setup.
We are enjoying our new BMW M3 tremendously. My husband and I love to drive up to the north Ga. mountains and along country roads with the top down on warm days. I would definitely recomend this car to anyone/everyone looking for a fun, safe, sporty and suprisingly affordable car.
Insulated convertable top, GPS, radio sound, interior design and leather seats, large tires for better traction on curves, headlights that follow the curves of the road and easy handling.
Heat and Cool controls in back, cup holders in back, little more leg room for passengers in back while keeping same coupe look. Disagree with placement of front cup holders (the one that is obstructed by console compartment). Don't recomend for the technologicly challanged w/o personal instructions.
I considered the Cadillac CTS-V, BMW 335i, Audi S4, and Infiniti G35 before deciding on the 2006 M3. This was the most expensive of the lot, but the overall quality and driving experience gave it the edge. The back seats are large enough for adult passengers, the instrument cluster is user friendly, (no iDrive) and there is enough storage space to make it a functional car for daily driving. The suspension and handling are better than any car I have ever driven, including my dearly loved '99 corvette. The manual transmission is excellent. I highly recomend this car.
Outstanding performance and handling, solid build quality, aggressive lines and appearance.
HK stereo is acceptable, but not up to the standard of a car at this price point.
My E46 really is an awesome vehicle. In this car you can enter a turn using all engine-braking, turn the wheel and the car will seem to make a perfect pivot, as if it had been planted on that point. If you go in too fast, an instant of understeer will slow the car to the right speed and then the lightning quick turn will begin. It really is tough to drive it poorly (in good driving conditions of course). The engine sings. I saw a review that said the exhaust note is inadequate, I found the engine to have a beautiful sound, it actually sounds similar to a racecar, very nice.
Engine, if I had opted for the SMG, that would probably be on the list too. (still like the old-fashioned way). The fact that you can do 0-60 in under 5 seconds with a full load of groceries in the back.
V-8? NOOOOOO!!! BMW was reportedly the first company to turbocharge a production car, ///M should have taken that route, and be true to their heritage when seeking higher levels of performance. Oh yes, and bring back the 4-door model.