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The perfect sports car by Heather from Jacksonville, FL on 05/04/2006. Trim: 2003 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Awesome performance, head turning styling, safe.
Cons: Upgraded sound system could be a little better.
Overall review: It is hard to find faults with this car. It is impossible to find another sports car at this level with a functional backseat.
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A sequential gearbox worth driving, with a solid power plant behind it by Matt, Los Angeles on 02/19/2006. Trim: 2003 BMW M3 Convertible, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Crisp handling, plenty of power, exceptional road surface translation (in case you want to feel the road). Excellent software behind the Sequential Manual Gearbox allows precise control of each shift – ‘closer to the road’ and twice as fast as Ferrari’s F1 gearbox. The straight-six has a nice torque curve – responsive at low revs, doesn’t fade harshly up high. Add the available toys (Bluetooth, DVD Nav, etc.) and you’ve got a vehicle that’s comfortable enough to use for normal driving, but sporty enough to be fun. Of course, safety features galore, and high dependability. Having routine maintenance, and pretty much *everything* included in the purchase price is a nice bonus too.
Cons: US buyers: The top speed, and the specs of an SMG feature called Launch Control are more severely limited (electronically) in the US model than in the Euro model. I understand this, since Germans employs the rare practice of only granting licenses to people who know how to drive. But if you are considering an E46 M3 for dual road/track use, be aware that you’ll need a firmware change. Minor annoyance: Though the car remembers your control settings, it doesn’t remember the most aggressive settings, and defaults to a profile a couple notches down. Though it becomes as habitual as the seatbelt, it is annoying to have to press the same three buttons every time you start the car.
Overall review: IMHO, two things elevate this model over its predecessor: The addition of the 333HP E46 engine, and the availability of BMW’s second-generation Formula-1 style sequential gearbox – SMG II. SMG: A real 6-speed - even die-hard clutch lovers should consider: * If you’re on it hard, the SMG performs gear changes in 80 milliseconds (less than 1/12 of a second); twice as fast as Ferrari’s. * Though not immediately obvious, subtle changes to the accelerator result in noticeable and controllable changes in the shift profile, providing tremendous control over every gear change. * Software features: Launch Control, Burn Out Mode, and even the more practical Gradient Assist (think Subaru’s “hill holder”), are nice features to have. * There’s a *reason* Formula-1 cars use this type of transmission. My favorite spec: Gear ratios. She’ll do 65+MPH in 2nd gear and 105+ in 3rd without touching the 8K redline – A single 80 millisecond shift between start and 70-ish has many benefits.
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Going Machine by Duckman on 12/11/2003. Trim: 2003 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: If looks could kill. Don't you know it's rude to stare? Plush leather interior. Handling in the curves. Enough legroom upfront for a lapdance.
Cons: I-6 too high strung (like my girl), needs a V-8. Everyone, and I mean everyone wants to race.
Overall review: Mean machine. Needs a V-8. Note to BMW - keep Bangle away.
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M3 Power! by Mike from STL on 07/24/2003. Trim: 2003 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Super quick with excellent handling! This is a drivers car.
Cons: Navigation system can be difficult to use and not up to Lexus standards.
Overall review: This is my first BMW and I am just wondering why it took me so long to discover the M3.
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Ultimate doesn't do it justice, It's more than that!!! by Bill on 04/02/2003. Trim: 2003 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: The hottest car on the road. With the SMG and in the most agressive mode the shifting with out lifting your foot from the pedal is the most amazing experience in driving. I have owned 2 other BMW's both manuals one 5 speed ('97 328i) and one six speed (00' 540i) but this is the quickest and most exhilerating machine I have ever driven including a '97 Viper and 2003 corvette Z06.
Cons: I need to sleep so I can't drive my M3 all the time
Overall review: The Best Driver's machine under $150,000 I did the performance delivery in SC that in and of itself was a great experience especially driving their M3 on the track
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