2002 BMW M3: Hassled in the Parking Garage
February 25, 2008
When you really like the car you're driving, it's natural to feel protective of it. And so it is with our 2002 BMW M3. I took extra care when parking it in this Culver City garage, centering it within a compact space. You can imagine my dismay when I returned from dinner to find this sloppily parked Eclipse Spyder GS beside it...
It was such a bad parking job, I couldn't get the driver door open wide enough to wedge my limbs and torso inside. So I got in from the passenger side. Although the M3 had a more challenging ingress than the last car I entered from the passenger side (a '99 VW Passat), I managed it -- and with the parking brake set.
On this occasion, I decided that I like the fact that our M3 is nearly 6 years old. It's still a wonderful car with a superb drivetrain (among other things), yet it's not so new and expensive that I'd worry incessantly about driving and parking it in LA if I owned it.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 52,347