2002 BMW M Coupe 3.2 from North America


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.

2000 BMW M Coupe 3.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


Lethal... seek professional instruction and then enjoy


Very reliable... mechanically!

General Comments:

I just wanted to warn readers that if they were thinking of buying one of these rare cars, they should be very careful!!!

I've had several fast cars (including a M3 Evo Coupe), but the Z3 M Coupe is a beast to be treated with respect (despite what you may read in car mags about abundant grip from the huge rear tyres). While accelerating straightaway up an incline in damp conditions, this car could not cope with the awesome power and decided to leave the freeway. I walked away without a scratch... luckily!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th January, 2001

1st Jun 2001, 14:23

I'm afraid it's a case of a too inexperienced driver. The car can cope, the tyres can't... and the driver does not have the knowledge to control the car in the described conditions.

12th Oct 2001, 03:34

A BMW is not the suitable car for you! If you can't drive it, don't buy a M3. Buy a long boring and slow Mercedes just like my father who is 55 years old!!!

1998 BMW M Coupe 3.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


A 911 in disguise



General Comments:

Unique design. Excellent interior and build. 0-60 in 4.3 seconds :)

Excellent handling and comfort. Similar levels of grip to a 4WD car, eg Impreza. Need to be an expert driver to bring the best out of this car, it's not for the faint hearted.

Servicing is expensive, but then it is on par with 'Super' cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2000

12th Jul 2001, 15:26

MX5 to M Coupe?

Quite a culture shock I'd imagine!!!

26th Jul 2006, 02:34

Is there any problem with the car being seated pretty low on the road? Thanks.