1997 BMW M3 Consumer Review: fun, but some cheesy features

1997 BMW M3 - Consumer Review

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fun, but some cheesy features
By howtomb on


1997 BMW M3 2dr Coupe


I bought a 1997 M3 five months ago, and
I'm happy with it -- it's a blast to
drive -- but some interior features
have a ticky-tacky feel. Plastic bits
have broken off, for example. Some BMW
dealers, meanwhile, seem to think that
actually servicing my car is beneath
them. To add to the frustration, many
spare parts cost a bloody fortune.

Best Features

The M3 is the only true sports car at a decent price with a real back seat. The 5s and 7s are luxury cars: powerful but heavy. The M3 is more like a racing car: light, juicy, low to the ground, with a stiff ride that lets you feel every pebble. Not for everyone, but I love it.

Worst Features

I wish BMW dealers put more gracious, intelligent people on their phones. Too many of the people I've talked to have been haughty, dismissive and ill- informed. I would also appreciate more robust interior components, maybe made of metal or wood instead of plastic.
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