2002 BMW M3 Owner Ratings & Reviews

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2002 BMW M3 - BMW M3 - An Experience to Own and Drive

Rex
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
Overall
4.0
Value
3.0
Performance
5.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
4.0
I first decided that I wanted an E46 M3 in my teens when a family friend purchased one. The car looks elegant and sleek, but driving it reveals a different character. It has raw power, delivering acceleration linearly and precisely. The feeling of pressing the pedal down and sinking into the driver's seat is one that constantly reaffirms my purchase. I have not yet had any major mechanical issues with the car. However, I am aware of a few that may be coming soon. I spend a fair amount on preventive maintenance, but I knew this would be the case and I have overall accepted this fact. I do dislike its low gas mileage and type of transmission. In regards to the first, I have found that my morning commute does not really allow me to use the car as it was designed, meaning that I can't driv... (more)
Story
When I was driving home, I stepped on the gas and felt for the first time a sense of vertigo as it was far faster than I expected.
Pros
The top positive things would be its power, handling, and aesthetics.
Cons
The top cons would be gas mileage, strange transmission, and need to spend on preventive maintenance.