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“Well, what can one say about this car? It is a dream...”

Written on: 22/08/2007 by dafrancis (2 reviews written)

Well, what can one say about this car? It is a dream to drive it sticks to corners. It sounds fantastic when you push the throttle to the floor and so quick and sounds fantastic. Model I own is fully loaded with SMG, SatNAV, tele etc.

I chose BMW due to its reliability and build quality and the M3 and definitely has no compromise on any aforementioned points. Also to top it off as I do highway trips only, I get a decent 26 to 30 mpg depending on weight of foot and music blaring out the Harmon Kardon system which in itself gives out great sound.

I have had a few issues with the car but think that at least one of them was down to bad workmanship from BMW, one issue was break pads and disks which had to be replaced and the other was a warning light for the run flats which kept coming on but this was resolved via a ABS software upgrade.

Overall I think this car is stunning to drive and even after 2 and a but years of ownership its still a joy to get in and have the urge to put ones foot to the floor.

I am looking forward to the new M3 which I will wait at least a year before I purchase so that all the issues on first run models can be ironed out.

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“My wife has a BMW Z3, which I drove to collect my...”

Written on: 29/12/2006 by Graham2410 (1 review written)

My wife has a BMW Z3, which I drove to collect my second hand E36 M3 EVO. All the way home I drove the M3 normally and changed gear at about 5000rpm. Although the handling and comfort was far superior to her Z3 I was disappointed with the performance. When we got home I took her for a little spin to confirm my disappointment. We joined the dual carriageway and I put my foot down, this time instead of changing gear at 5000 rpm I listened to that sweet exhaust note - Next thing I knew, I was thrown back into my seat and it took off. I had never smiled so much in my life. Try keeping me below 6500 revs now! Fuel consumption... who cares. Tyres... who cares. I smile every time I drive it. Followed a Maserati down the motorway a while ago, he tried to loose me but it was his nerve that got the better of me not his £80000 car.

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“This BMW M3 Coupe has always been my dream car. I have...”

Written on: 27/10/2006 by robindubai (1 review written)

This BMW M3 Coupe has always been my dream car. I have owned 4 BMWs in the UK (318is, 325, E36 M3 saloon, 535i) and am lucky enough to now have an E46 SMG.
To the crunch. This car has 2 personalities:
1) Well mannered
2) Aggressive, i.e. a race/track car

The beauty of this car is that you can drive around the town centre, and it behaves with the elegant and reassuring poise that you come to expect with the 3 series. This type of driving is best when not in sports mode.

Now, the other personality is activated when you do press the sports mode button. The engine notes it produces, in any gear, above say 2.5k rpm, is frankly Mozart to the ears. It purrs and roars at the same time. Plenty of torque and power in reserve in all gears, for most any normal driving situation and you know that you can pretty much always overtake anything you want because changing gears to allow the extra power is so quick and effortless.

It may not be as fast as a modern Ferrari (for that matter my wife's Cayenne Turbo seems as fast, in second gear anyway, mind you that does have 450bhp!) but you have the best of both worlds in this car. The best clutchless manual in production (outside of F1), the looks and gravitas of driving an M3, the comfort, finish and luxury of sitting inside one, and the frankly brilliant flat 6 343 BHP engine that just makes you want to drive faster. However, I feel this is a safe car as the M3's brakes, handling and cornering are all so pinpoint and sharp.

I test drove a new Ford Mustang GT before I bought this - very nice engine note (better than the M3 for me) and quick too, but it was like driving a speedboat - from the back. You couldn't see past the huge bonnet. With the M3, you have a shorter, stubbier front end, making you feel totally connected with the road and able to drive fast with utter confidence.

Final note - this thing also corners better than anything I have ever driven or ridden in. Go buy one. Own it for 2 years, then get a 911, but by then only the Turbo will do. After that, well, what is there left? Either you are a millionaire and keep both the M3 and 911 and add a Ferrari or Lambo to your collection, or frankly you just can't get any better for your money.

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★★★★★

“BMW M3 is 2dr six cylinder machine an expensive...”

Written on: 20/07/2006 by jonathan kelly (110 reviews written)

BMW M3 is 2dr six cylinder machine an expensive version of one of the most popular cars ever made. It has some interesting features for the more experienced driver; a 6 speed manual gearbox, A top of the range built in satellite-navigator so you know how to get to where you are going, a TV, a compact disc changer, all as standard as most 'extras' are included in the price, like air conditioning and out side temperature gadget. The seats are red leather racing style. It's also got a locking fuel tank which holds 20 gallons, 19" alloy wheels which cost £120 each to clean, radar locks, and an alarm.


As for the performance it is electric, a 155 mph top speed is limited. 0-60 in 5 seconds and 0-100 in 11 seconds means it can really move fast. It is motorbike quick. With a hard sports car ride this will not suit everbody.


At £44000 it is rather expensive and BMW show rooms are used to the gross overcharging of their customers, it is then highly expensive to buy but this is not a problem as a company car all expense is covered and none is spared. The cost is £1 per mile to run for an average drive my brother has now covered 50,000 miles that is equal to £50,000 in running costs. Stage 2 service has just been done for £960 plus a few extras it was £1200 it total



It is then a quality product offering excellent performance and handling. Speeding can be a problem however as speed cameras have flashed 15 times on last count but not one had film in it. It will however cost a small fortune if it is run privately. Recommend to all those in the money.

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Jonathan Kelly's Response to jonathan kelly's Review

Written on: 10/11/2006

My brother has just ordered the latest BMW V8 model, with 500bhp he was told - sounds like fun.

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“BMW M3 2dr is a six cylinder machine. The expensive...”

Written on: 11/07/2006 by jonathan kelly (110 reviews written)

BMW M3 2dr is a six cylinder machine. The expensive version of one of the most popular cars ever made; the 3 series BMW. It has some interesting features for the more experienced driver like a 6 speed manual gearbox. Also a top of the range built in satellite-navigator so you know how to get to where you are going a TV a compact disc changer all as standard as most 'extras' are included in the price like air conditioning an out side temperature gadget. The seats are red leather in the racing style. It's also got a locking fuel tank that holds 20 gallons, 19" alloy wheels which cost £120 each to clean, radar locks, and an alarm.

As for the performance it is electric a 155 mph top speed is limited. 0-60 in 5 seconds and 0-100 in 11 seconds means it can really move fast. It is motorbike quick. With a hard sports car ride this will not suit everbody.

At £44000 it is rather expensive and BMW show rooms are used to gross over charging of their customers it is then highly expensive to buy but this is not a problem as a company car all expense is covered and none is spared. The cost is £1 per mile to run for an average drive my brother has now covered 50,000 miles that is equal to £50,000 in running costs. Stage 2 service has just been done for £960 plus a few extras it was £1200 it total

It is then a quality product offering excellent performance and handling. Speeding can be a problem however as speed cameras have flashed 15 times on last count but not one had film in it. It will however cost a small fortune if it is run privately. Recommend to all those in the money.

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Jonathan Kelly's Response to jonathan kelly's Review

Written on: 08/02/2007

A new BMW M3 is on the way, with four exhaust pipes and a V8 420hp engine. It sounds wild!

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★★★★☆

“I have had my 1996 BMW M3 Saloon 3.0 for about 4...”

Written on: 14/03/2006 by mboon (3 reviews written)

I have had my 1996 BMW M3 Saloon 3.0 for about 4 months now. The car is great. The tyres are not the car just eats them and the fuel.

Anyway I haven't had any problems at the moment apart from the brake pads having to be replaced which is not the car's fault.
A lot of people go on about Evos etc but I agree with the guy at the top of this forum. Evo's are great for a couple years but when you go to sell it, which you will, can you honestly tell the person who's looking at it that you haven't hammered it into the ground? Every one knows they get punished which is why people buy them. I know my M3 is older but I am sure it's just as reliable as the New Evos of today. Maybe not off the mark it's as quick but it will keep very close and guaranteed to fly past as soon as it hits third gear. The power is shown going down the motorways, I have the model that came out just before the 155mph limiter and it's scary. The car will def do 155 mph! Remember this when your looking for a very fast car and your choice is the Evo, Impreza or the slightly more expensive M3. What will hold its value! Not knocking the power of these cars. I only have the 3.0 version with 281 brake (I mean only) I have spoken to people who have the M3 Evos of this generation and they will give anything a go in its range. Besides which what sounds better. I got a Mitsubishi or I have got a BMW?? Speaks for itself.

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★★★★★

“Lets get things straight, the BMW M3 Coupe is a four...”

Written on: 09/09/2005 by Blueworld3 (1 review written)

Lets get things straight, the BMW M3 Coupe is a four (adult) seat car with boot space, which can challenge a 996. It's bored out, tuned engine, and suspension, would leave any boy racers envious. Expect to have some come and speak to you at the gas station. Very quick, great leather (much better than all usual BMW coupe's). M series are a different breed there is little relationship between normal and M. Don't believe the dealers, worse residuals than BMW (normal) and Porsche. This, bought 2nd hand is for the wealthy, no such thing as cheap super cars. Watch the tyres and the depreciation.
Given the fact that this car will cost in the region of £10K to drive for one year (and ignoring that aspect), Its brilliant!!!! But I just tried part-exing mine, and was going to get another, until I realised how much they drop in value. I bought mine at 2 years old with 17K on the clock. It had dropped £17k in value (to £30K), I thought that was the bulk done, however I have just shopped mine for £20K for 47K that's £10K for another 30000 miles but £27k in three years for 47000 miles?
This type of motoring is not cheap, and it's arguable that if you don't have kids get a 996, however if you do get one of these... They are slightly uncool, but you will not care as they drive so well.
Be prepared for people wanting to race you, and for them to be ungracious. If you can handle it, buy this snorting, tyre shredding, adrenaline pumping big boys toy and enjoy. Everyone should have one at least once... I can't wait to get my hands on the M5.

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★★★★★

“Just bought a BMW2003 E46 M3 coupe with SMG, TV, Sat...”

Written on: 15/08/2005 by b19gcm (1 review written)

Just bought a BMW2003 E46 M3 coupe with SMG, TV, Sat Nav and in individual atlantis blue (never seen another one in that colour). I have driven a lot of fast cars in my time but this is special ! 346 bhp through those 255/35/19 tyres is great fun. Having driven both the Manual and SMG versions the SMG comes out streeks ahead. It is one of, if not the best Paddle shift systems you can get. Gear changes in 0.4 of a second with the traction control switched off and on driving programe 6. It makes driving it more safe because your hands are always on the wheel plus you feel like Jenson Button. You will be faster than the manual. Tha auto is great to. you can alter when you want it to change gear to save fuel or let the misses drive. Ive had 165mph out of it and the limiter still didnt kick in. there is a chip available for it that increases the torque, bhp, improves the SMG system and best of all it de-limits it and she will go all the way to 198mph. It is a beast. Get yourself down to the bank and beg for the cash and go buy one. you'll love it.

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Sbarker108's Response to b19gcm's Review

Written on: 04/10/2006

I own an M3, and whilst I think it is a quick car, you are sadly deluding yourself if you think it will do 198MPH. I'd estimate a top whack of more like 176MPH.

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★★★★★

“I can't believe how many amateurs have this notion...”

Written on: 27/04/2005 by xtranaut (2 reviews written)

I can't believe how many amateurs have this notion that because some cheap Nippon names that are totally void of quality and class, and for that matter, nothing impressive but an engine - would begin to compare cars like EVOs and WRXs to an M3.
You have to look at the big picture and the long term. Some of the things that the children miss in these equations are "will the car be worth fifty cents when I go to sell it?" and will it exude as much staying power class in a year as the Bavarian Bad Boy? Why screw around unless you just dont have the money? Then a JETTA is actually more fun than a EVO and looks better - otherwise boys, put your money where your foot is and don't forget to have the carboard in your spokes!

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Blueworld3's Response to xtranaut's Review

Written on: 09/09/2005

M3 is 343bhp......

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Scoobz's Response to xtranaut's Review

Written on: 27/02/2008

The BMW M3 with 343bhp in a heavy 6 cylinder car with rear wheel drive... Where my "nippon" Impreza STI (WR1) is happily running 348bhp and 356lbft.
<br/>Residual value, Who cares.... If you can't afford the depreciation and running costs of a performance car, don't buy one!

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“My BMW M3 Coupe Sports car is the manual 6 gear...”

Written on: 13/02/2005 by Late Flyer (4 reviews written)

My BMW M3 Coupe Sports car is the manual 6 gear current version (not as shown above), is two years old and owned from new. It superceded a 328i Coupe'. It is definitely a driver`s car. If all you want is transport, buy a Mercedes. In the dry, it corners without any drama whatsoever at higher speeds than I am prepared to use on public roads. It is another story in the wet, but the traction control keeps things fairly safe. Acceleration is very good and sufficient to make good any overtaking opportunity, but the engine needs to be at around 5000rpm to deliver properly. Vented discs stop it very well. Acceleration is noisy which is slightly embarrassing when passing traffic, unless that is your thing. High speed cruise is fairly quiet and progress is pleasant on smooth roads. Prepare to be jolted around on bumpy roads, although the car does not deviate from where it is aimed, unlike the previous 328i. The car really comes into its own on twisty country roads though and can provide real fun driving without breaking speed limits, purely because of its cornering powers and acceleration. The steering is fairly positive, but at slower speeds, I would prefer sharper response around the straight ahead position. The car has been reliable except for the replacement of the starter motor, which appears to be a weak spot on some batches. Standard fittings are good, including leather upholstery (in the UK). Front seats are adjustable in just about every sense, including side and lumbar support. Fuel consumption is between 22 and 26 mpg. Altogether the car is excellent value for money.

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Richardd's Response to Late Flyer's Review

Written on: 15/02/2005

It is a very good car.

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“My last car was 993 (4wd). 3rd child put pay to that....”

Written on: 05/02/2005 by richardg (1 review written)

My last car was 993 (4wd). 3rd child put pay to that. The BMW M3 Coupe Sports Car is a worthy replacment but I still have to agree with " if you want a porsche , get a porsche!"
The m3 is fast enough for sure, but aside from the awesome acceleration it somehow lacks the raw excitement of the porsche.

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Xtranaut's Response to richardg's Review

Written on: 01/04/2005

Hmm. This guy isn't driving any BMW I have driven before. I have owned two M3s - last was an 04 coupe that I stupidly traded for a Jag XKR.
<br>I have owned Vipers, Porches, Vettes, Cobras and other inferior specimens of the sports variety and NONE tune you into the road and the control of it like the M3. BMW BRAKES ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST IT EVER GETS. Value and comparison to Porche? Certainly, if you want to walk the walk Stutgart style, prepare to whip out at least 40g
<br>more to get NEARLY the same thrill in a much more spartan package. The 993 numbed your neurotransmitters.

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“The BMW M3 Coupe car will bring out a passion for...”

Written on: 07/05/2004 by cmurman (1 review written)

The BMW M3 Coupe car will bring out a passion for driving. You'll start taking the long way home from the office. Fun to drive agressively.
The power and grip are outstanding. The handling is unbelievably sharp. I had 03 coupe with SMG- but just ordered '04 w/manual 6-speed.

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Eddie007's Response to 154633_cmurman's Review

Written on: 16/03/2005

I agree, the rear tyres are expensive and need replacing every 4000 miles if you dont push it to hard.2000 miles if you take the traction control off. Car is ace otherwise.

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Sbarker108's Response to 154633_cmurman's Review

Written on: 21/12/2006

You guys must drive yours cars hard. My rear tyres (MPS) last me about 15,000 miles...

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Xtranaut's Response to 154633_cmurman's Review

Written on: 01/04/2005

Everything ths guy says -- absolutely -- even down to the Harmful Kardon premium radio. I do love the SMG though. It does take about five months to get used to and know what you can do with it. I took my car through the Blue Ridge on the way back to Florida from DC. The most fun anyone can have in ANY car for 58k. Buy it. Keep it. Drive it.

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“The BMWW m3 Coupe is the best bmw made in 2001 and 2002 ”

Written on: 06/08/2003 by wexell (1 review written)

The BMWW m3 Coupe is the best bmw made in 2001 and 2002
1.Very Durable
2.Stylish
3.Stable
4.fast
TDS
They dont sell them anymore

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Xtranaut's Response to wexell's Review

Written on: 01/04/2005

Sure the 01 is great. All M3s are. The 04 HAS THE JUICE though. No mods. It's all packed in there. Now, this new 07 Body style blows as far as I am concerned and so does the interior. All new bimmers look like Maytag washing machines inside now. I don't get it. But I will drive a new Maytag when BMW puts 400 horses under the lid because..nothing touches a BMW. Never has.

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“All around the BMW M3 Coupe is a very good reliably...”

Written on: 09/07/2003 by Chris. (1 review written)

All around the BMW M3 Coupe is a very good reliably fast car but there may be a few problems with the stearing if youre not used to driving rear wheel drive.

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Beemer's Response to 114188_Chris.'s Review

Written on: 29/03/2006

If you can't handle a rear wheel drive car don't buy a BMW M3. Go and buy a Corsa.

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“jeremy clarkson wrote the m3 convertible was rubbish...”

Written on: 15/04/2003 by racer. (1 review written)

jeremy clarkson wrote the m3 convertible was rubbish in the sunday times. but then he also wrote that the murcielago was rubbish, and the mini cooper s was rubbish...and he sold his ferrari and bought a mercedes, oh and hes almost 90 years old.
i have recently bought one, its a brilliant car. if you are going to take it on a track, then i suppose you should buy a coupe, but if its for every day driving on normal roads then its perfect.
put the roof down, slot it in third gear, and drive it through a tunnel! the noise it generates is amazing! i raced it with a 355 spider f1, all the way to 110 mph, and i promise my m3 was glued to the back of the ferrari...
i saved 2000 pounds on my car, and its a uk car, bought from a local dealer. look for a cancelled order and you could save yourself some money.
and if you do buy it, then run it in properly, otherwise you will have problems.... ENJOY !

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Xtranaut's Response to 89200_racer.'s Review

Written on: 01/04/2005

Who is the idiot, Jeremy Clarkson? He just has too much money and not enough sense. The M3 is the best blast for anybody's money in any country. Feraris can sniff my exhaust pipes.
<br>I have owned vettes, vipers, cobras, and a few other fancy names with similar prices. The BMW is a pro driver's car.

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“Just been for a test drive in M3 SMG. If you've never...”

Written on: 30/01/2003 by Paul. (1 review written)

Just been for a test drive in M3 SMG. If you've never been in a car with this sort of power before, prepare to be shocked. The amount of power available is unbelievable. I drove the M3 back to back with a 330 for an easy comparison. The 330 is a quick car but seemed very sluggish after getting out of the M3. My current car is a 318Ci and I would say that the difference between the 318 and 330 is no where near as much as the difference between the 330 and the M3. Mind you, don't underestimate the 318Ci if you havent tried it. It sounds better than a 330 and has a similar amount of low end torque.

The suspension is firmer than the standard 330 coupe but not too firm to spoil a leisurely ride.

The SMG gearbox takes a little getting used to because it does not change like an automatic. The change is not as smooth as an auto box.

I'll let you know more when I get it :)

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70619_Poopsicle.'s Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 05/02/2003

m3 are nice but if you are looking for performance get a supra.

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Xtranaut's Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 01/04/2005

Good old raw fun is a vette (if you can deal with the mazda center instrument console) BUT
<br>if you really want to learn how to drive and drive well...the trick pony is M3. I had an 04 with SMG. It takes a good five months to know what you can do and how to do it with that transmission but you won't regret the choice
<br>especially if you have to drive in the city.

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G60 Dude's Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 29/07/2004

"M3's are brilliant especially the engine but it simply won't keep up with the modern jap cars- Mitsi EVO 6/7/OR8 Impreza STI- Supra TT or Skyline R34. Some may say the M3 is more stylish but you will get far more respect with one of these Jap monsters."
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<br>I agree with the M3's brilliant engine, but I know I respect German cars more! The M3 is simply awesome with its styling, performance, and other factors. I don't see how you will get more respect in a Japanese car! Sure it's got the performance to guard it, but Germany's cars are so much cooler! Just to let you know, I'm happy with my car which is a 1991 VW Corrado G60.

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Samm's Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 19/02/2004

M3's are brilliant especially the engine but it simply won't keep up with the modern jap cars- Mitsi EVO 6/7/OR8 Impreza STI- Supra TT or Skyline R34. Some may say the M3 is more stylish but you will get far more respect with one of these Jap monsters.

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116152_Chumley.'s Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 16/07/2003

My pocket will only stretch to the 318Ci Sport (expected September). It's nice to know it's going to sound better than a 330 (!!!!) but I think I'll be keeping the HK turned up nice and loud.
<br>I took my mate's M3 for a spin and I was blown away, but I couldn't justify the extra £400 a month even if I had it spare (he lied).

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112875_Don.'s Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 03/07/2003

people who have negative points on this car are just jelous because they cant afford one!

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Dave Quick.'s Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 25/06/2003

Where a car is made should not be taken into consideration when spending your hard earned cash,
<br>only important vital issues about a performance car matter - M3 Coupe
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<br>Performance - Mind Blowing
<br>Braking - would stop a train
<br>Handling - that rear end just won't drift
<br>Engine & Exhaust sound - Don't bother with the Harman Kardon, you won't want to turn it on !
<br>Comfort - 4 large 6ft chaps will be stuck to the back of their seats and have leg and headroom to spare!
<br>Value for money - Forget a Porsche or Ferrari, power for pound no comparison - watch depriciation though !
<br>Dealership back up - Superb, except for their tyre prices !
<br>Country of Manufacture - Who cares !
<br>Summary - For power, comfort, looks, practicallity, value for money there is not a car to match the M3 - and Clarkson this car is cool, get back in your Escort Cosworth !

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106917_Craig.'s Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 13/06/2003

<i>"So stop buying German!!! Buy British"</i>
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<br>Ha ha ha ha ha.......Buy British he says, and it has an American engine in it.

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106901_Tommy.'s Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 13/06/2003

Why are you lot talking about a german piece of rubbish!
<br>I am a MG Rover fan and i suggest you begin to talk about the BMW M3 AND M5 beater. And that is of course the new MG ZTR which is equiped with a Ford mustang V8.
<br>So stop buying German!!! Buy British

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Wingyb.'s Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 07/06/2003

Fair enough, you must have be smitten with the test drive of the M3 but you may have lost your mind to compare your 318 to either of its 6 pot bigger brothers.
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<br>As for the engine sound! It may be that you're not audiophile but you're amongst a very small minority who prefer 4 cylinders appose to 6.
<br>Most will agree what you mean to say is, the 4 pot is sounds far gruff instead of smooth.
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<br>All the best to getting your M3, drive safely too.

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70873_Paul.'s Response to 69118_Paul.'s Review

Written on: 06/02/2003

Are u saying the Supra is faster ?
- I can't imagine wanting to go any faster !

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