Bought my '99 M3 Convertible 5 years ago (w/25k mi) and still in love; went thru Camaro, Mustang, Vette, Jag then decade w/3 Porsches. Yes the German rides all demand high maint. costs but "Ultimate Driving Machine" is correct for this M3. Nothing is more agile thru turns, it's extremely fast off the line and 2-lane road passing is effortless with breathtaking torque and speed available from 55-90 in a nanosecond. The braking capability is far more pure & sure than any other car I've owned. Top up driving is as quiet as a coupe, and unlike many convertibles, top down is a total joy, not punishing. 2 adults can be comfortable in the backseat for an hour or more. Best all around!
I must say that it is not the supercar
that all the reviews claim it to be.
Firstly, this car is waaayyyy to heavy
and you can feel it on heavy cornering
loads..it could use more power as has
been put into the newer M's but I
would be really happy with the 240bhp
if it trimmed a few pounds. This shift
mechanism was also a huge
dissapointment. Why manufactures still
make rubbery indecisive gates is
beyond me. Toyota got it right with
the Mr2 MKI why doesnt everybody just
copy it. Brakes and steering are among
the best I've ever driven. It's a good
car...just not the great car I thought
it would be. I shoulda saved 8k and
bought a Viggen convertible.
This cars is a gem! It handles really well at high speeds and has a lot of power for its size. I love the color of this car. Its Titanium Silver with a dove grey interior, best color combo ever. I added 19x8.5 wheels with really low profile tires. Took some comfort away but its worth it. This is the funnest car to drive and its extreamly reliable. Its has a more elegant design then its younger brother the e46 m3.
The M3 convertable is an extraordinary car.
It handels incredibally and has a beautifuly
finished interior. BMW did not cut any curves
when designing and making this car. This is
not a light weight sports car. It sits powerfully
on the road. Long distance/highway trips are
a dream in this car. I have been amazed at
how well it handels in the rain. The leather
finishes are true quality. I have owned this
car for 3 years and absolutely love it.