I got the '09 M3i, 2.0 manual. I deliver pizza and do a lot of driving. I've driven nice cars; a porche, some bmw's and a few other nice cars so I'm trying to be completely objective with my review and will break down my scoring on the scale above. Performance: zippy, but not real fast, can't hang with the big boys but the handling is superb, which brought the score up to a 7/10. Comfort: I drive for HOURS! I'm never uncomfortable. 7/10. Fuel economy: I avg 27 mpg...depending on the use of AC and if i'm driving like a maniac which i sometimes do. 350-290 miles per tank.(usually around 320). 7/10. Fun to drive: that the handling is so surprisingly responsive combined
with decent acceleration and power the whole seems greater than the sum of it's parts and is a joy to drive. 8/10. Interior design: handsome, well put together and steering wheel cd/radio controls make it feel better than what you payed for it. needs more though. 7/10. Exterior design
that's subjective as everyone has their own tastes, but I find the front beautiful...the back is ok, kinda stubby but overall an attractive vehicle. 7/10. Build quality And Reliability: 9/10. I put 10,000 miles on it, drive it every day and drive it hard and have not had one single problem.
It's been 4 years and now 90,000 miles since I got my 3 so I figured I should comment on my above review.
This has been the most dependable care I've ever owned.
90,000 and not one major issue.
It keeps working, every day.
If the car has been taken care of, I'd speculate that it won't give you any problems either.
Always check a used car you buy thoroughly but if all seems well, it'll likely be a great car for you.
I still deliver pizza and still am never uncomfortable driving in this car.
When i need it to move, it moves.
I do however want to point out what I feel are some minor flaws I have noticed over the years:
The A/C is pretty bad.
Once it gets going it's ok but It takes a while to get a comfortable temp. going.
Also, the reverse lights are quite dim and make it hard to see while reversing at night.
be careful for that.
Finally, it's just not a very fast car...not that one could expect much from such a price tag but my only regret may have been not getting the 2.3...which is hardly a regret.