An outstanding automobile, hands down the best performance car I have ever owned and I have owned quite a few. The only drawback is that the tank does not hold much gas and the gas burns fast. ie poor gas mileage. Barring that little tidbit, an awesome machine and once you let the top down the sunshine and the road seem to come on very fast. I think I can still see that Audi and Mercedes in my rearview mirror that I just passed. Oh, my mistake I cannot. I guess they will catch up when I stop for gas.
Its pretty fast and the contols are slightly manageable. I would recommend to anyone.
BMW is one of the few companies who still offer a proper, three pedal manual for those of us who are die hard, row it yourself drivers. I was looking to replace my old beater and and needed a 4 door car with a back seat big enough to securely hold my son in his child seat and quickly narrowed my search to the Lexus IS-F, Audi S4, Mercedes C63 AMG and BMW M3. Of those choices, only Audi and BMW offer a true manual transmission. I have had extremely good luck with Lexus and seriously considered the IS-F despite the lack of a manual but in the end, the driving dynamics and proper manual transmission won me over. The powertrain in this car is pretty fantastic. All the power you can realistically use on the street with great sound to match. The ride/handling is excellent, as you'd expect from BMW. I'm still warming up to the I-Drive. Granted, my M3 is an '08 so it has the older version but I find BMW's take on the consoldated controls to not be as user friendly as Audi's current MMI. The quality of the materials (my car has the exended leather) is a mixed bag. The leather is great. But some of the other materials aren't as nice as what you'd expect in a car of this class. And frankly, while I have the upgraded entertainment system... it stinks. But I didn't buy this car for that. My only real criticism would have to be the range. I knew and expected that fuel mileage would be less than stellar. And that's true. Even if you're using cruise control, you're not going to get great mileage in this car. And that's fine. What's a bummer is that the low mileage combined with a very small gas tank means you're filing up a lot. Seems trivial but I've never before owned a car that requires me to hit the gas station more than once a week in regular driving and I've had some very high performance and less than fuel efficient cars. In summary, if you want fast, comfortable, fun and practical and you are like me.. and really like driving a stick... you're hard pressed to do better.
Introduced to the United States in 1995, the 2008 version of the BMW M3 was the first one to include a V8 engine.
The BMW M3 began production in 1985 as a compact luxury sports sedan. Though the last coupe was manufactured in Germany in 2013, the M3 name lives on with a saloon version of the vehicle. With the introduction of the M3 series, consumers were treated to expansive upgrades including:
Even with a top speed of 155 miles per hour, the BMW M3 still delivers the precise control, traction, and handling that one expects from this top luxury automaker. The M3 gracefully glides around corners while its body evokes a race car-like feel of stability, and has scores of electronic features that are designed to provide the ride and handling. These include:
The BMW M3's braking system is equal to none. It boasts progressive action from powerful binders that enable the vehicle to come to a dead standstill from 60 miles per hour in just 100 feet, an astonishing feat that is difficult to duplicate.
With an original price tag of $57,000, the 2008 BMW M3 can be found today for under $40,000. Considered the best car in its class in 2008, the superb features of this vehicle - available as either a sedan or coupe - make it a fantastic value for car owners who want luxurious style and comfort with an excellent ride and handling.
While the heart of the BMW M3 lies in its 4.0-liter, 414 horsepower V8 engine, the car's other features ensure that drivers have the first-class, luxury package they expect. While the six-speed manual transmission is standard on this vehicle, the optional seven-speed provides increased control via manual operation using a paddle conveniently mounted on the steering wheel.
The BMW M3 adds a host of performance features like stability control, adjustable shocks, and steering mechanisms. The M Drive is an optional feature that allows the driver to alter the ride of the BMW M3 with the touch of a button. You can change the responsiveness of the car's steering, the stiffness of the shocks, alter the throttle's feel, or add some wheelspin via the stability control.
The split rear seats of the BMW M3 can fit two adults comfortably, and can be folded down separately or together to increase the trunk storage.
This charged-up engine brought the BMW M3 to a whole new level of performance. Whether it's the sedan or coupe model, the vehicle's included 4.0-liter V8 packs 414 horsepower and can reach zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds. Its standard transmission is a six-speed manual that includes a locking differential. However, there is also a dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission available as well. The aluminum chassis allows the BMW M3 to smoothly redline at 8,400 revolutions per minute.
The BMW M3 features more aggressive body styling compared to the standard 3-Series sedan or coupe. Some notable features include:
The M3's interior has also had alterations including: