2002 BMW M3 User Reviews

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    2002 BMW M3 ConvertibleReview
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    I Love This Car. — The previous own had put on large rims and ultra high performance tires. Unfortunately, those tires are crap in winter (no tread and the extra hard rubber tears in ultra-cold conditions). This car gets a lot of attention: gas station attendants leaving their posts, yells across lanes of traffic at lights "hey nice car!", honking and thumbs up from others on the road, strangers offering to buy it from me right then, etc, etc, etc... none of which I was expecting and I attribute mainly to what the rims bring to the look of an already hot car. The last owner had put in amps and 3 8" subs. I added a flip out DVD player with touch screen that hooks to my iPod in the glove box. :) I'd never driven a convertible before this and it really adds to the experience... I can sense/hear/easily see anyone around me so I can drive much faster with more confidence. It connects you more with the surroundings, which really heightens the driving experience and the sun is just so relaxing.

    Pros: Very fast (333hp), I smoke anyone who tries to race me. Love it with the top down. Stiff suspension allows really hard corners as though it were on rails.

    Cons: Cost of parts. $750 for the rear brakes, but they're cross-cut, vented high performance brakes... what do you expect?

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    Fast! 180 + When It Was Stock! — Great car. Third one and looking for another or M6 for upgrade. The car handles great, looks beautiful and again FAST...

    Pros: Handles great, brakes are solid at high speed, revs high (8250), bullet proof motors.  Great for track car or daily driver!

    Cons: Dinan upgrades are very costly...spent over $20,000 for mods.

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    Loved It And I Miss It — What can I say, rear wheel action for fun and frolics in the wet combined with the good fuel economy for its performace make this one of my fave cars. Anyone thinking about buying one should just get on with it, its superb.

    Pros: Lovely interior with all the bells and whistles, I could even watch deal or no deal on the way home from work on the TV!

    Cons: Nothing really, I loved it

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    Not Bad - Not Bad At All... — Got the SMG version - good acceleration

    Pros: Handle, acceleration, looks (at least during 2002)

    Cons: Too much "little" problem here and there...

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    Pretty. — It's overall a great car. It looks amazing. Not too flashy, but not too bland. It handles like a dream, and has plenty of power. Take all those Mustang GT's down a notch. Lol

    Pros: Styling, Power

    Cons: In Some Cases, the SMG gearbox..

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    Loves Being Driven Hard! — Can't really fault it, delivers everything you want from a car on all fronts.

    Pros: Engine is solid, great exhaust note (without putting on silly Ripspeed back boxes), lots of gadgets, can fit 4 people (just), get the roof off in the summer, SMG gearbox with paddle shift makes you feel like an F1 driver.

    Cons: Likes to drink Super Unleaded like it's going out of fashion, servicing costs, insurance costs, rattles a little, brakes need to be better, tyres are pricey.

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    2002 BMW M3 CoupeReview
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    Bmw M3 — Amazingly fast...propulsion! Like the semi-auto gear mounted behind the steering wheel

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    It Was A Yellow M3 — It was a good car to drive. It had the step-tronic 6 spd transmission. Fun to drive. Wouldn't buy one though.

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    I Love This Car! I Would Buy Another In A Heartbeat And May Never Sell This One. —

    It was a basket case when I bought it, poorly maintained, inappropriately modified, and badly repaired. I have put over $10 000 into fixing/putting the car right mechanically and just had over $20 000 in paint and bodywork done. I am into the car for just over $50 000 and there's no end in sight but I still love it. I am in the middle of turning it into a show car/capable GT...the customizing has taken on a life of it's own and may never be finished now. The E46 M3 is legendary for good reasons. It came with a normally aspirated 3.2liter inline 6 with 333hp at the flywheel bone stock. My car has a Remus exhaust and has been flashed (conservatively, we think the car is running about 350hp at the flywheel now). The enormous power is run through a 6 speed manual gearbox (the shift pattern on the stick shift lights up too, have I mentioned that I love this car?) and LSD differential. With traction control defeated I can cut the back end loose at will and I have 285/30ZR19 Nitto Invos on the rear. The acceleration is stunning from a "normal looking" car from 2002. It can be beat off the line but not often. The braking is good, I have heard that the brakes on the E46 M3 are a weak point but have never wanted for better braking. But I did just put cross drilled and slotted rotors on the car and I have yet to thrash it on a track or an autocross course. The handling is great but I may be replacing some of the stock components soon. The huge rear tires are rubbing a little and I am looking for something pretty specific from this car...I want to build a car I can count on on a track but that is a comfortable grand touring car. I am after an adjustable suspension where I can make it track stiff but then lower the damping rates for touring. On the highway I like a compliant suspension but huge antiroll bars so it soaks up bumps but still corners flat with no dive or squat under hard braking or acceleration. The general build quality on these cars is great...even though my car was in such rough shape when I bought it I haven't been surprised by anything that I've needed to fix on the car. It is solid on the road, the doors close with authority and sound like a vault doors, and there are no squeaks or rattles I can hear. There is a bit of a wind howl just behind the driver's side front window but I hope to figure it out and fix it soon. It has needed repairs but I can't really speak to E46's in general...like I said earlier, my car was rough when I got it. If you are looking at buying a car (this might just be the M3) from this generation (1999 through 2005, especially the older cars) check to make sure that the rear sub-frame assembly has been fixed - there was a design flaw and some of the rear ends tended to want to 'fall out'. The car looks amazing to me. I think that the E46 was the best looking of the modern 3-series cars (arguably, the E9 3.0CS was a better looking car but IMHO the body was too flexible and the performance can't hold a candle to the E46) and the M3 was the pinnacle of this series. The car looks amazing from every angle and the M3 is an understated supercar. It looks hunkered down, clean, and purposeful without screaming "look at me!" the way a Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, or Lambo does. The interior is comfortable and devoid of distractions...a great place to spend some quality driving time. This car is NOT cheap to own. It slurps enormous amounts of premium fuel due to the fantastic exhaust note and the fact that I can't seem to avoid mashing down the go fast pedal. It scrubs the tread off the rear tires in about 10 000 miles and they are depressingly expensive to replace. Parts are pricey and you need to find a mechanic who you trust to work on the car outside of the dealer network, BMW factory rates are upwards of $140/hour at some of the shops in my area. Oil changes cost quite a bit too - the M3 engine needs a really specific weight of oil and it's not cheap or easy to find. Most E46 M3 owners run Castrol 10W60 but I've been using Total 10W50 for a year and a half with no issues. The Castrol costs $19/liter in BC and Alberta and I have been able to find the Total for about $11/liter. But an oil change is still over $120. And even with a great deal, the tires I put on the car last month cost me a little over $1100 for the four, and there isn't a spare or anywhere to put one. I think that these may have come from the factory with run-flats but I'm not willing to pay over $500 per tire and deal with the rough ride. The car is a blast to drive. It pulls strongly from 1500rpm through 7000rpm in all 6 gears. It makes amazing noises and I can't get enough of the beautiful engine and exhaust notes. I get envious glances from pretty much everyone on the road and just being seen in this car is instant entry into the "car guy" club. The handling is intuitive, the performance is incredible, and I love every second that I spend behind the wheel. I can't wait to take the car out on a track or an autocross course and really explore it's limits.

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

    Pros: Fast, beautiful and a joy to drive.  The E46 M3 is a legend for good reasons.

    Cons: Cost of ownership is high.  All parts are really expensive, it gulps premium fuel, and tires cost an arm and a leg.  Plus every dumbass in a tepid "sporty" car will try to beat you off the line at every traffic light.

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    2002 BMW M3 Convertible Review
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    Power Ranked 2005 BMW M3 Coupe better.
    "The 2005 M3 Coupe has the same power as the 2002 M3 Convertible, but its about 300 lbs lighter. This different in weight makes the Coupe feel more powerful due to a better power to weight ratio."
    Would Buy Ranked 2005 BMW M3 Coupe better.
    "The M3 Coupe is lighter, has a more streamlined design, offers a quieter cabin, and a much rigid chassis than its convertible counterpart. In terms of future value, the M3 Coupe has a better chance of holding its current value or appreciating than the convertible."

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    2013 BMW M3 Reviews

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    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 Matt

    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

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