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2006 BMW M3 Coupe

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Base 3.2L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual - (17 reviews )

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Fun car for good weather
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By traktorist
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2006 BMW M3 Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I've had the car for about 9 months now. The driving experience has been great fun. The only problem I've had has been the recent snowfall (I do know that the car is not meant for driving in snow). The other problem was that I acquired the car through BMW's European Delivery. The so-called "re-delivery" was hopelessly late. And BMW will not compensate you when your car arrives late. Neither will the dealership. Beware of the European delivery!


Best Features

Brakes, acceleration, gearbox.


Worst Features

Windows tend to get foggy very easily. This has not happened with some other BMWs I owned.


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E46 M3 Coupe - One Gorgeous Machine
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By E46M3Fan
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2006 BMW M3 Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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This is a car that is so good looking, I walk away from it backwards so I can keep looking at it. I've put 7,000 miles on it, and continue to look forward to the next drive! What a balanced package; taut, yet supple, suspension, quickness, and turns are fun again! The last of BMWs great inline NA 6 cylinder engines has won Ward's International Engine of the Year award in its 3.2 liter class for at least five consecutive years. One drive, and I know why. The SMGII tranny is a blast to operate. It's a 6 speed manual tranny, and you modulate the gas pedal just like you would on a stick shift. I can shift aggressively, for fun and speed; or smoothly, for passengers. It's all about timing.


Best Features

Overall vehicle balance, cornering stability and control, engine/tranny responsiveness and naturally aspirated feel with the 6 individual throttle bodies, awesome brakes, and the looks; oh man, the looks. The last of the driver-oriented, asymmetric interior/dash layouts from BMW. Nappa leather-soft!


Worst Features

I'm not a fan of the rasp, but this is solved by some straightforward exhaust components. Stock strut/shock damping is somewhat inadequate for handling a series of closely spaced bumps. Resolved with a specific aftermarket strut/shock setup.


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2005 BMW M3 w/Comp Package
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By Kruba
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2006 BMW M3 Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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The handling of this car is unbelievable. The frame is extremely solid. Acceleration is very good. Suspension is excellent. Extremely pleasurable to drive. Interior layout and fit is perfect.


Best Features

Handling, acceleration, and 6-speed transmission.


Worst Features

Wouldn't change anything, but anxious to try out the new V8.


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Good showing from the last true M-car
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By LT
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2006 BMW M3 Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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My E46 really is an awesome vehicle. In this car you can enter a turn using all engine-braking, turn the wheel and the car will seem to make a perfect pivot, as if it had been planted on that point. If you go in too fast, an instant of understeer will slow the car to the right speed and then the lightning quick turn will begin. It really is tough to drive it poorly (in good driving conditions of course). The engine sings. I saw a review that said the exhaust note is inadequate, I found the engine to have a beautiful sound, it actually sounds similar to a racecar, very nice.


Best Features

Engine, if I had opted for the SMG, that would probably be on the list too. (still like the old-fashioned way). The fact that you can do 0-60 in under 5 seconds with a full load of groceries in the back.


Worst Features

V-8? NOOOOOO!!! BMW was reportedly the first company to turbocharge a production car, ///M should have taken that route, and be true to their heritage when seeking higher levels of performance. Oh yes, and bring back the 4-door model.


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Like Napoleon sez
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By AugustaM3
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2006 BMW M3 Coupe 2dr Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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If you have not had the chance to drive this car, then like Napoleon D. says, "You don't even know!!" I have owned Porsches and recently driven a Z06; this car is way more fun. It is easily the best sports car under 75Gs. Unfortunately the last M3 with a straight 6 has already been made, and only a few are still available. (By the way - get the stick!)


Best Features

The engine note. Whoever said this is a disappointment must have never opened it up. And, it's way fast.


Worst Features

Leave out the cig lighter.


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