2009 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

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2009 BMW M3 Sedan: So Refined It Could Sometimes Be a 335i

September 25, 2009

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Yesterday, our long-term 2009 BMW M3 sedan escaped from LA. We left late. I turned on public radio. My passenger chatted about work. The ride was composed, compliant and not-at-all busy, even on the I-405 freeway. The 4.0-liter V8 was loafing in 6th gear and barely audible. I was perfectly situated in the cockpit -- the driver seat was supportive yet the lateral bolsters never felt too confining, and the steering wheel was positioned exactly as I like.

We arrived. I realized I hadn't given a single thought to our E90 M3's Motorsport identity (whereas in our departed E46 M3, it was all I thought about). I could have been in a 335i.

Then, I looked at my watch. Hmm, we got here awfully fast. And the fuel light did come on around 230 miles. So, there it is, a morning commute in a 2009 BMW M3.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 9,551 miles

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