2002 BMW M Coupe 3.2


Awesome performance in a weird little package


I have noticed a little bit of a rattle coming from the exhaust at about 3000 RPM.

General Comments:

This car is unbelievably quick. The new (2001/2002) 315 horsepower M engine has turned this car into something that even an experienced driver needs to learn to handle.

The one fault I have noticed is the placement of the side-view mirrors. Both should be moved forward so that they are viewed through the front wedge windows. This way the driver would not have to make a serious head turn in order to use them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2002

7th May 2002, 09:23

That rattle is probably the exhaust note starting to emerge ;) I wouldn't worry about it unless it's a displeasing sound...

9th Jun 2002, 09:53

I own a 2002 M Coupe and am familiar with the metallic buzz around 3000 RPM to which you are referring. I have to agree with the individual that responded before me: it is just the change in the exhast note. Personally, I love it.

3rd Dec 2014, 14:13

Re. mirror placement: I have the Z3 3.0 Coupe, and the mirrors are in the same spot (though in a different shape). I've realized that their location prevents door dings; the door of a car parked next to you will most likely hit your mirror instead of your door. Still not good, but mirrors are cheaper than doors and probably easier to repaint as well.

Good review, BTW.