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2009 BMW M3: Keyless Access That I Actually Use

March 08, 2010

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I usually have little patience for keyless access/ignition systems -- I don't like it when they're slow to recognize I'm carrying the keyless remote and I don't like feeling around for little rubber buttons on door handles to unlock the rear doors or lock the car after I park it.

2009_bmw_m3_keyless2.jpg But after a weekend with the M3, even I have to admit its keyless setup is useful. When I approach on the driver or passenger side with the key in my pocket or bag, the system immediately detects it and unlocks all the doors as soon as my hand brushes the door handle to open it. This is particularly nice in bad weather, because I don't have to worry about family members getting rained on for any longer than necessary.

After I park the M3, I just touch the texturized section of the door handle and then it's all locked. Easy.

Still, would I pay for this feature if I bought an M3? Ah, well, there's not really much choice is there? BMW lumps keyless access in with navigation and the programmable M button in the Technology package. If you want that M button in your M3, you're taking it.

By the way, it rained torrentially over the weekend, and I heartily agree with Jay -- the tires on this car are excellent on wet roads.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 17,701 miles

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