BMW M3 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2005 BMW M3 Convertible

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Technically masterful, but practically awful

Faults:

Nothing broke.

General Comments:

If you're considering an M3 because (like me) you thought you were getting a quicker 330ci - think carefully.

Totally different breed.

In town it's like a frisky horse - you have to constantly hold it back. When you want to move a little faster it just goes big-time - gets tiring keeping it behaving. On the track another story - it's a dream.

Let me expand.

- In city traffic it's a liability - not because it's quick, quite the opposite. Try making a prompt, but non-dramatic lane change around 50-60klm/hr. There's just no torque so you drop a cog and gas it a bit. Suddenly the car takes off like a rocket and everyone thinks you're being a boy racer!!

- I tried fiddling with all combinations of user-selectable performance settings on the computer, but to no avail. It was either a dog or a devil with no acceptable mid-point.

- You might expect a 'firm' ride and you'd not be let down there.

- Kept it for <1 year and sold it with no regrets.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2005

21st Oct 2005, 16:11

I don't understand why you've spent such a vast amount of money on this car when it obviously doesn't suit you.

3rd Jul 2007, 04:19

To the comment made by last person. You probably don't own an m3 don't criticize about the reviewer.

I don't think M3 is that fast and its so laggy so I agree totally with the reviewer. M3 is over priced, Slow, stiff, laggy, engines sounds like broken vacuum cleaner. If you tell me you like the car for brand that's understandable.. for technology wise if you are a mechanic you will see its just full of gimmick and gadgets.

Tim.

2004 BMW M3 3.5L

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.5L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20 kilometres
Most recent distance14000 kilometres
Previous carHSV HSV GTS

Summary:

It's worth every dollar!

Faults:

The car is an excellent piece of machinery. No problems thus far.

General Comments:

This car handled excellent... That was before we replaced the standard spring in a $1500 upgrade. Now the car sits beautifully with the tires (Michelin Pilot Sport) just under the wheel arches. Now the car handles amazingly!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2005

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews