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E46 BMW M3 - Automotive Legend in the Making by CybrSlydr from Beverly, OH on 05/25/2012. Trim: 2005 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned 1 year.
Pros: I own a 2005 Mystic Blue Metallic with Dove Grey interior M3 with the 6speed Manual. I. Love. This. Car. It's been my dream car since I first saw the E46 body style back in 2001. Flooring the car in second gear on an interstate on-ramp is just bliss. Taking corners that most would brake for at speed is soooo fun. Everyone that's seen my car compliments on how great it looks - and those that know what the M means have a covetous look in their eyes. The seating is aggressive yet comfortable making you feel like part of the car. Steering is quick and precise with great road feel.
Cons: Maintenance. Very expensive car to keep running. Inspection I isn't too bad, but Inspection II runs about $1500. Oil isn't cheap either - Castrol TWS 10w-60, though you can find oil change kits on community sites for about $100 + S&H. Then there's the big problem - VANOS exhaust cam bolts back out, VANOS hub tabs shear off (both can utterly destroy the engine) SMG pumps fail... When they do, very VERY expensive to fix, especially the transmission. They aren't made anymore, so you can't repair it - you have to find a used one.
Overall review: Aside from the fear of VANOS or SMG issues lingering in the rear of your head when you're not driving this car, when you get in, they fade away to the tune of 7900rpms of automotive bliss. If you get this car, do yourself a favor and near the end of your tire's life, go to a track day and smoke them out and really see what this car is about. An automotive legend in the making.
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my Mom my Wife My Car by eru on 04/01/2010. Trim: 2005 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned 1 year.
Pros: the conection between u and the car, u feels everything
Overall review: in the end its worth every peny, so much plesure .
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Why is car? by An MSN Autos Consumer on 05/02/2009. Trim: 2005 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Lokks and sounds amazing, does pick up speed and feels good driving
Cons: Buzzing in speakers, and not the smoothest shifting.
Overall review: I used to have a corvette and I think I prefer it more for the drive, just not the fact that they are so common
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the Ultimate driving machine by ARTHUR from California on 08/23/2008. Trim: 2005 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned 2 years.
Pros: its very nice,fast,luxurious,sporty, and a nice car for a young guy
Cons: A bigger engine
Overall review: A 10
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The BMW M3, the balanced performance sedan. by Pantera in Miami on 03/04/2007. Trim: 2005 BMW M3 Coupe, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Appearance, handling, acceleration, comfort all combine to form a complete performance package that is classic and compelling. The car doesn't overstate its presence with outrageous spoilers but draws respect by reputation. Its size lends it perfectly for running to the country for the weekend, the city during the week or the periodic track event. It is a present day classic that will remain so for many years to come.
Cons: The BMW M3 suffers from minor engineering flaws which BMW seems to ignore (i.e. rear suspension mount failure). This flaw only seems to affect those vehicles which have been pushed beyond normal everyday use, however you might expect a bit more from a M3. The navigation system is somewhat limited by its dial features and would be greatly enhanced with an upgrade to a touch sensor screen. BMW often preaches its engineering and cutting edge electronic integration, but seems to fall short to others in the market. Perhaps BMW could learn something from its competitors, or if it wants to really get ahead in the market, look to the cutting edge electronics integrated in aviation...
Overall review: I have enjoyed both of my BMW M3s. The convertible is a great weekender or daily driver, that is very popular with my wife. Likewise, the competition package coupe has been everything and more of what I expected from an M3. BMW should actively involve itself in the aftermarket parts supply arena. They are losing out on a huge growing industry to "start ups" who are profiting from and promoting the BMW market.
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