2009 BMW M3: Me Like The M Button
September 21, 2009
This weekend I made friends with the M button on the steering wheel of our long-term 2009 BMW M3 Sedan.
If you don't know, the M button allows you to set up the car to your personal taste (ride quality, throttle response, steering effort and stability control setting) with the push of a single button. First you need to use the cars iDrive system to make your menu choices (photo on next page). It's a simple process that takes (literally) about a minute. Then the car remembers how you want it set up and those settings are activated when you push the M button.
The M5 has the system too, and it's really a great feature more car company's should emulate.
Here are my chosen settings for the M3's M button which you select very easily through the iDrive system. I'm sure everyone would do it up a little differently, which is of course the point. The M button allows you to tune the car to your personal taste.
Push the M button on the M3's steering wheel, which I do as soon as the car is running, and you get the green indicator light informing you that the M3 is now as you like it.
Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 9,316 miles