I have owned several sports cars before but none drives and looks like the M3. This is a dream car for those that enjoy sports driving, comfort and high quality. I strongly recommend it. Be aware of the <16mpg; but I am certain that folks that would buy this car are not "hybrid" enthusiasts.
I got the "black on black" option; black rims and all...outstanding looks!
The greatest car... in the WORLD
2011 BMW M3Andrew Morrow - Denver, CO10/03/2016
The E90 M3 is the greatest sports sedan in the world. Tons of power from a truly beautiful V8 engine. The exhaust note goes from a throaty growl at low revs to an insane, mind-erasing scream at redline. Despite the bulges in the fenders and hood, the car blends into the crowd - until you open up the throttle. The M-DCT transmission is a little lumpy when cold and a bit awkward at very low speeds, but the upshifts are brutally fast and the rev-matched downshifts plaster a grin on your face.
Make no mistake: this is NOT a "luxury car" like a base 3 series. The suspension is extremely stiff, especially with the competition package. But if you want the fastest, hardest, craziest, lap-record-setting 4-person car that money can buy, get an M3.
The ULTIMATE Driving Machine
2003 BMW M3Chaseman - Kansas City07/04/2008
I hesitated writing the review because of the ridiculous praise I have for this car. Somehow it will come back to bite me and I'll find out I have a lemon! But, I'm a rebel!
This car will NOT disappoint you. Obviously do your research (carfax, thorough test drive, etc.), but as another reviewer says, once you drive this car, it's over. You WILL buy.
I cannot pass 2 cars (note that I said PASS) without someone looking/oogling this car. It really is a burden to own in this $4 gas economy, because I find myself making up reasons to take it for a drive. Next thing I know, I've driven 30 miles!
Any foreign car can be an investment, and this car is no exception. Either be very prepared to do your research if you plan to self maintain, or be prepared to take it in to a dealer about twice a year. For what you get, a VERY acceptable tradeoff.
It's ridiculously fast, it gets about 20MPG, and it is a looker. I did choose SMG transmission, and though I love the paddle shifters, I wish I'd grabbed a manual because I'm a driving purist and SMG WILL take a bit to get used to. If you hit the gas at the wrong time and have the Sport button on, you can get some very unexpected results. Again, another acceptable tradeoff for the ability to have the car shift for me if I'm holding on to coffee or the mobile phone (yes, I'm guilty of the occasional driving-while-talking offense).
If you do buy, check out the extensive online resources and owner forums - very helpful!
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