Good Car. Lousy Sedan. - 2009 BMW M3 Long-Term Road Test

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2009 BMW M3: Good Car. Lousy Sedan.

September 15, 2009


What's the point of a sedan?

Well, it's got 4 doors - presumably to facilitate easy ingress and egress of passengers to the rear seats. It's probably got a decent trunk on the back of it too, you know, for stuff. In other words, it's safe to say that someone who buys a sedan carries 2-3 other people and their assorted stuff, on a regular basis. I'm sure there's a fair amount of people who buy them to appear older and more responsible, but those people are sad and we won't be talking about them.

The (my) problem with the M3 sedan is, if you're going to spend your days driving around with friends and family in the back seat and all of their stuff in the trunk, the M3 is a little pointless. While you might relish attacking freeway ramps and back roads, I doubt your friends and coworkers are going to appreciate getting thrown around like dice in a back alley on their way to an Olive Garden. Trust me, you showing off your bonkers car and questionable car control skills to your friends is going to get old.

Imagine if you had a family.

If your wife didn't wind up losing her voice screaming at you to slow down, regurgitating her lunch all over the dashboard or poking her eyes out with a mascara wand as you clip that perfect late apex, someone's going to call child protective services because your baby's going to have all the hallmarks of Shaken Baby Syndome.

The ride is just too stiff, and the temptation to destroy every road you drive is too great in this beast. Not mention the back seat isn't even that roomy. Sorry, M3's were born as two door cars and that's how they should stay. You want a good sedan? Buy a G8.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 8,714 miles

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