2002 BMW M3 User Reviews

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    2002 BMW M3 Convertible Review
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    25

    Bmw M3 Value — If you have every owned a BMW, then you know the joy of the ultimate driving machine. The BMW M3 however is on a different level of ultimate driving machine, its level is racing machine. Bmw recommends racing oil for the engine, and keeping it well maintained. The M3 is a beautiful car to own because it handles, looks good, and is respected by people who know. The negative is that its not an every day driver car. It gets low miles per gallon, not a family car, terrible in the winter, and seem to have loss remarkable value within a short period of time.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Fast car, handles, and looks good, at times respected by those who know M3.

    Cons: loss in value, not suitable for everyday driving, not a family car. Very terrible in winter conditions

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    2002 BMW M3 Coupe Review
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    A Beautiful Sports Coupe That Would On A New Level If It Weighed 2-300lb's Less. — I've always loved the styling of the e46 m3. All subjectivity aside though this is a great sports coupe with somewhat expensive maintenance costs for a German car. The only downside I felt though is this car felt heavy for a 2 door sports coupe.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Exterior

    Cons: Feels heavy for a sports coupe

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    2002 BMW M3 Convertible Review
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    Fantastic All-around Driver! — I have had this car for nearly eight years and it has been a blast to drive. The original owner took European delivery and only drive the first 21,600 miles. I do still take it every 15,000 miles to the dealer for the routine "inspections."

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Fun to drive! Surprisingly good gas mileage when driving conservatively. I love the e46 style, can't stand the newer Bangle designs.

    Cons: Driver seat is getting quite worn in isolated spots. Don't know who works on leather. Convertible top can be flaky and it is not currently working.

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    2002 BMW M3 Coupe Review
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    If You Can Afford It, Buy It — Provided you know how to maintain an engine correctly this car is a beast and cant possibly let you down. knowing how to work on it yourself is definitely recommended to keep maintenance costs down to a minimum. the car is incredibly reliable provided you treat it the way it deserves to be treated. its fast and handles like a champion, you dont have to worry about riding it hard as long as you take care of it correctly. fuel economy is pretty impressive considering its got 333 horsepower, driving conservatively i average about 25 mpg.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: fun to drive, fast, eye catching, sticks to the road like glue, lots of great performance upgrades available

    Cons: gas prices suck, hard to find the correct engine oil (10w-60), tires can get pricey

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    Do It — Good car for the money. Great drive with the top down. Goes well with 333hp on tap. Turns a lot of heads when the S54 snarls past 8000 rpms. Handles like a sports car should, tons of grip and high speed stability.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: fast top

    Cons: bad mpg

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    2002 BMW M3 Coupe Review
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    Awesomeness — Comfty, pretty quick, handles like a dream, and RWD. Braking is penominal, and turns on a dime. Built ROCK solid. Looks sick and turns heads everywhere. Cost of ownership is not bad provided nothing breaks....lol. This car is just simple a blast.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: EVERYTHING

    Cons: Cost to fix broken parts

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    Great Car For Performance And Drivability, Whether It's For Track, Sport, Weekend Drives, Or Daily. — This car is absolutely amazing right off the lot. Plenty of power and great handling at lower speeds. The car has a lower center of gravity giving it great balance when cornering. Having 330 hp is great but being rear wheel drive with all that power has it's disadvantages, for example if you try to power through the corner a little to early it will get away from you before you realize it. This car is one of the best looking performance cars on the market without modification. I purchased tis car used and have had to do a lot of work to it to get it back to factory condition. Cost of maintenance is quite high from the dealership, however if you can find a good local garage that repairs them it becomes affordable. Parts for the car are expensive no matter what but if purchased from a reputable dealer are top quality and very reliable. From the factory the car will only get you about 25 highway mpg and 17 city, after modification to the engine and cautious driving I get about 32 highway and 26 city. I have put nearly 15K into the car since I purchased it a little over 2 years ago, but it was well worth it.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: This car is great for an affordable and reliable sports car for the driving enthusiast

    Cons: High maintenance and upkeep costs

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    Sweet — Performance: Quick agile and fun to drive Build quality: Amazing except for subframe cracks Appearance: Perfectly matched Cost of Ownership: Rediculous Fun Factor: Hmm Going 130 in turns sometimes 150, drifting, burnouts, I dont kno what else to say.... buy it

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Overall amazing package

    Cons: Maintenance

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    I ///m Power! — Back in the days when tuning hit its peek when I was in CEGEP. This was my dream car, and I prayed one day for it to be in my possession. That day came sooner then I had expected. At the time, I drove the Jetta around and mod it inspired by the M3. If you look back at the Jetta, it had M3 style wheels. When came time for me to buy a new car. I had not even look at the M3 as I was thinking it is still an unattainable dream. Instead, I was in search of a different kind of sports coupe. More reliable and cheaper in maintenance, an alternative to my dream M3; the Infiniti G35 coupe. In search of a Pearl White with black interior and 6-speed transmission, the G35 had far-fetched search criteria. However, I was fortunate enough to have ran into 4 of them in my path, yet none of them felt right. One lucky turn of events, a M3 Coupe in Alpine white rose to the market, without even putting in the search effort. Unbelievable find! I knew it had to be mine. After many trips to the bank, and thorough negotiations... The dream became a reality! This is love. Before this purchase I had tried many G35, 350Z, a Porsche 911 and a Audi S4, but it did not have the right feeling. What those cars where lacking is the balance of power, handling, and usability. I wanted a sports coupe, there eliminating the Audi. I needed the rear seats, thus G35 shot to the top of the list rendering the 350Z & Porsche useless, since the seats in the Porsche are made for anorexic kids and models. The G35 lacked a godly handling, such was found in the M3, given it did have a more musical exhaust howl. Undeniably, my heart remained with the M3. Once behind that wheel it felt like you where in control of one of Gods chariots! Stability, control, power... all in perfect harmony. To top it all off, it can still be used as a grocery getter given its spacious boot. The sound from the Inline-6 is incredible, a little too raspy to my taste but nothing short of the Beethoven musical notes of motorsports. Absolutely, pure driver's car. No gimmicky technology added, a completely unrestrained best yet still very civilized. The build quality is absolutely exquisite. Can you expect any less from BMW? One look and you can say it is bold, very solid, and German muscular. Yet very easy on the eyes as it isn't too busy. Even those side vents became an inspiration of plethora for many other car design today. The engine design is definitely one of the greatest, no wonder the ///M had been the power-plant for, even until today, one the fastest cars in the world; the Mclaren F1. Extremely great follow up, from the legendary E30 M3. The E46 M3 really lived up to the hype. Truly and undeniably the real last purest M3 of its kind.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Power. Handling. Looks. Perfect balance of daily driven car and performance. Wears the ///M badge. Legendary.

    Cons: Weak subframe. Subframe has to be re-enforced for those real purest who enjoys spirited driving once and a while. Cost of maintenance, even though it comes once in a while.

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    2002 BMW M3 Coupe Review
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    6 Speed Manual Is A Lot More Fun Than Smg Paddle Shifters — Interior trim should be a lot nicer considering it's a luxury performance car. Painted trim is tacky and gets warped in the hot California sun. Performance is great. Repairs are expensive. Gas mileage is pretty good. It is a nice design. The quad tip mufflers and side fender grilles really make the car look good.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: It has 333hp stock

    Cons: Insurance is pricey

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 BMW M3 Reviews

    The M3 Is A Legend In The World Of Performance Cars! By 2013BMWM3

    The 2013 BMW M3 is a legend in the world of performance cars, giving enthusiasts everywhere a reason to own one. I always find it remarkable how the BMW M Division's engineers have made exceptional ... Read More

    Ultimate Driving Machine By stubble88

    I like the handeling of this car. Three stages of suspension stiffening is plenty to cover your ground. I like the power button. More sensitive throttle response. Plenty of DCT control. Love the rev... Read More

    2012 BMW M3 Reviews

    One Of The Best All-rounders You Can Find! By racerc63

    This car suites a variety of purposes, can be a family hauler and grocery getter one day and the next you can take it to the track where it is also perfectably and equally capable. Its also comfortab... Read More

    Expensive, High-maintenance Fun By tmc930

    Fast, nice handling, beautiful looking, awesome sounding, M mode is fun, excellent sound system and technology... BUT Bumpy, Bad in snow/ice/rain, High maintenance parts, Very low bumper, Gas guzzler.... Read More

    2011 BMW M3 Reviews

    One Of The Most Fun Of All Cars I Have Ever Driven By bodiezapha

    This baby was one of my favorites of all time. I can't even begin to explain how fun this car is to drive. It fast and beautiful and sounds like a mean machine. It handles so well...rear wheel drive a... Read More

    Amazing! By Ron2591

    Love everything about this car. excellent daily driver or weekend car. trunk space is excellent for a coupe and the fact that the rear seats fold is very useful for food shopping or any luggage. Overa... Read More

    2010 BMW M3 Reviews

    Performance By BMW_M3

    The acceleration, braking and handling are great in the M3. It is a ton of fun to drive, but you need to be able to do more then take the kids to soccer practice to really enjoy all it offers. Read More

    Ultimate Bmw By GG42

    I've owned three M3s since 1998. Even driven several M5s. This M3 is the best. Would keep it forever but don't have the room for it plus the new ride. DCT (dual clutch) is amazing technology. Wish the... Read More

    2009 BMW M3 Reviews

    The Best Of The Two Worlds! By Mehrdad

    BMW M3 sedan is truly is the best of two worlds, it can be your fun car of the weekends for twisty roads, great and luxry car for your Friday night out, its a only race car that you can take it to Cos... Read More

    Lemon By M3haver

    I heard really good things about this car, but it turned out to be a piece of crap. It barely ever starts up, it leaks oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. The bearings go ... Read More

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