2003 BMW M3 Consumer Review: Nice, but way overrated.

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Nice, but way overrated.
By Alexova on


2003 BMW M3 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


The exhaust note is too loud and raspy.
That may fit a utilitarian, no-
compromises car like a 911, but not a

At lower speeds there is a looseness in
the gearbox. It sounds like something
is broken. BMW says this is totally
normal given the car's racecar
heritage. I say that's a cop-out. The
car is fast but not enough to justify

The stereo sucks. I've had problems
with speaker vibration from the
beginning and BMW can't or won't fix it.

The car's performance envelope is too
far beyond what you can do on the
street. Under normal driving, this car
is no better than the 330ci. My advice
is to save the extra $20k and buy that

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Worst Features

Make the exhaust note less frenetic. Upgrade the sound system. Fix the crappy gear box. Lose the side air vents that serve absolutely no purpose. UP THE TORQUE. The new Altima has as much torque as this car. A power peak at 7,000 PRM doesn't do much good away from the track.
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