2011 BMW M3 Consumer Review: Fast, Practical, But Not Perfe

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Fast, Practical, But Not Perfect
By DEEM on


2011 BMW M3 4dr Sedan (4.0L 8cyl 6M)


The engine sounds beautiful and I love the high revs. Grip is outstanding with the 19" wheels. Four door practicality is a huge plus as the Cayman was claustrophobic. The stereo is great and the build quality is very high - you pay more than an STi or Evo, but this is a car you'd proudly give the boss a ride in. Xenon lights are terrific and all 3-series should have them standard. The manual gearbox is a bit notchy in 1st and 2nd. The throws are quite long for a sports car, but clutch travel is perfect and soft. These cars should also come with BMW Assist standard in case of a flat tire - No Spare is a huge issue. I had issues with the Tire Pressure Monitor when I took delivery.

Best Features

Engine, Stereo, Xenon, 4-Doors, Subtle looks - not as flashy as Porsche.

Worst Features

Tire Pressure Monitor on Porsche lists pressure for all four wheels - should do the same here. Spare tire is important for long trips. Sunroof should be standard on these models. Gearbox could be hugely improved (smoother shift action)like the current Porsche models and the Getrag in the new Mustang
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