Technically masterful, but practically awful
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