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2009 BMW M3: Some Answers

September 10, 2009


Answers to some of your questions in the Open Thread post:

By adavis2493 on September 8, 2009 4:11 AM
How's it over speed bumps?

Stiff, but OK if you do the recommended speed. You have to watch the front end in driveways, though.

By ahightower on September 8, 2009 5:46 AM
I just want to revive the debate over why you would ever put such a dull color on such a wicked car. ;) Seriously though, I'd like to know more about the luxury features and its highway cruising behavior. Is it quiet on the open road? Is it a road tripper like the 7-series, or too busy and buzzy and harsh like the Evo and STI?

Luxury features: Well, it has those heated red leather seats which are pretty nice. It has headlight washers, a navigation system, iPod adapter, moonroof, satellite radio and a good audio system. I like the door handle lights that are in the picture above.

One thing that bugs me is it doesn't have a lot of interior storage. It has a center storage compartment that holds an iPod and has enough space to put some stuff. But I like to have center cupholders so I can put my parking access card, my blackberry and my camera in there -- things I like to have handy. No, I don't talk on the phone or text while driving. But I am guilty of checking my email at stop lights. Our M3 is keyless, so I need a place for the keyfob. I like to keep it where I can see it.

Highway cruising behavior: Yes, it is quiet on the open road, not Hyundai Genesis quiet, but it's not loud like a muscle car. It's pretty squeaky right now, though. Those seats are really talkative. We have to do something about them. I wouldn't call it a highway cruiser like the 7 Series. It has a tight sporty suspension but it doesn't shake you to pieces like the GT-R. It's comfortable.

By dougtheeng on September 8, 2009 6:03 AM
Thoughts on the hood bulge? Do you like it or find it to be over the top?

Donna likey. I think it's subtle, not showy. The thing I like about the M3 is that it's a stealthy monster. It doesn't have in-your-face sports car looks.

By kingkhalas on September 8, 2009 9:09 AM
For people who live in heavy traffic areas with a long commute in bumper to bumper (like Los Angeles)... Would you recommend the Manual vs. the Dual Clutch Auto?

The M3 is so easy to drive that I would recommend the manual, even in commuter traffic. I'm usually lazy about that kind of thing, but I was stuck in traffic on the freeway last night, and the M3 doesn't bother me a bit. Hill-hold helps a lot. And the clutch isn't so stiff that your left leg starts to wear out.

By subytrojan on September 8, 2009 10:34 AM
Nice shot! Where was it taken?

Scott Jacobs took that shot. I'll ask him and get back to you.

@ achenato
Nice car.

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