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i have recently just purchased an M3 convertible...... and what a difference the M3 is. Whilst the 330ci is a beast in its own right, the M3 is truly a sports car, with more power, just as smooth with the gorgeous 19" alloys, and with the added agression in the looks department and the engine noise that sounds like a true supercar, the M3 is a totally different car to the 330ci. The SMG is a treat and with the Auto mode a pleasure during a cruise through thr traffic, dropping a gear using the SMG for 'power on tap' is an absolute joy!With combined driving of motorways and urban roads, 24mpg is truly remakable and offers the economy of a family executive,One of the major concerns for any M3 driver, is there is simply 'not enough road'.
I've had my M3 convertible for just over 18 months now. And must say I'm very pleased with it. It drives fantastically and holds the road perfectly as long as there's no snow or ice ( under these conditions the real wheel drive M3 has a mind of its own and is best left on the driveway or in the garage at home).
The engine sound is great especially as it tops out at around 9000 revs. Drop a couple of gears, put your foot down and enjoy!! Even better with the top down and wind in your hair.
The folding metal roof is great when up. keeps the noise out of the car and you cans till take it through a car wash - which is probably not advisable for a soft top convertible. The top comes down pretty quickly - however you do sacrifice a lot of boot space when this is done.
The DCT dual clutch system is great. I usually drive it like an automatic. The gear changes are very smooth and very quick and believe it or not it's more economical than the manual ( not that fuel consumption is a concern when your driving a 420 BHP 4 litre car). The gear aggressiveness can also be set depending on how fast you want the car to accelerate and how responsive you want the accelerator to be.
The car is quite comfortable, but nowhere near as comfortable as the Mercedes CLK I had previously.
The car is full of gadgets, as standard you get sat nav and the ability to connect an MP3 player. You can also download music to the cars inbuilt hard disk, so there's no need to have a glove box full of CDs. You can also add bluetooth capability to connect your phone. Once you add this you can surf the web from your car - seek out local attractions, check local weather. google places and then have your navigation system take you there.
This car is a beast! It looks like a beast...it accellerates like a beast - but it doesnt handle like one!
Those hairpin bends dont seem as sharpe as the M£ just glides through them!
The car has a great style to it. The wide wheel arches just scream race me!
The interior is lovely with memory seats (leather of course). The back seats are surprisingly comfy and roomy which is rather unusual for a 'fast' car!
The fuel econemy is very good and I have managed to get around 250 miles out of 1 tank but i dont drive very sensibly! The tank is massive much bigger than my previous car!
One word of warning though the insurance on this car is HIGH but then again i am a student.
This car is a great car and i highly recommend it... unless you want cheap insurance that is !
0-60 4.8 seconds! and whats more its achievable with ease with the SMG gearbox and launch control - i.e. you dont need to be Damon Hill on the gearchange and/or clutch control!!
Quicker than most things you are going to come across in everyday driving. Eats Japanese rally replicas, nearly as quick as a Porsche 911 turbo.
Effortless. Composed. I've read that some people dont like the steering... I dont know what they are on about, theres plenty of feel there for me! Only one thing to watch out for - oversteer! However if you use common sense and keep the traction control on, you'll be ok (I hope!)
Very agressive but subtle styling. Wide arches and humped bonnet mean that most people pull over before your even 20 metres away. 19" M sport wheels look the absolute business - but can scuff easily.
Believe it or not its easy to achieve 26-27mpg and 30mpg is in your reach if you drive sensibly. A tankful of fuel lasts 300 miles or so (better than my old Renault Clio Sport 172 - albeit a bigger tank on the BMW)
Very comfortable seats with memory settings. Seats even have side supports that pump up to fit your body perfectly. Theres also plenty of room in the back for 2 people to sit in luxury. Boot is really big on the coupe - It swallowed all the christmas pressies with ease this year!
The perfect blend of performance and practicality for less than £40,000? Look no further than the M3. In the performance stakes it can trade punches with the 911 without flinching: 0-60 mph in 4.8s and 0-100 in less than 12s. The paddle-shift SMG (squential manual gearbox) is the best in the business and set to the ultimate peformance mode can change gear quicker than Ferrari's 360 Modena, aggressively hammering the gear shifts while you keep the throttle planted to the footwell. With the SMG you also have the option of "launch" control for that fast-and-furious getaway from the lights. The normally aspirated engine is supremely flexible and free-revving. At idle the engine can sound a bit tiny and I recommend that you marry it to a performance exhaust to get an F-1 soundtrack. Of course its practical (4-seats) and BMW can supply a F-1 style child-seat that plugs straight into the rear seats. Enough space for a one of those massive push-chairs in the boot. The front leather sports seats are supremely comfortable and the driver's seats adjusts in all the right places so you can get really comfortable. Disadvantages are few and far between. The steering does have a slightly artificial feel and not as crisp as one would like (unlike my previous Lotus Esprit). The ride is compliant (I recommend the 18 inch wheels despite the slight loss in kudos) but at the expense of providing you with the direct communcation with the road surface. In any event, with the dynamic stability control engaged the limits of adhesion are almost impossible to break in normal road-going conditions. Indeed I have had the uncompromising P1 Impreza struggling to keep up with me along some undulating country roads. In summary, the M3 can be the ideal family car - a Bruce Banner - but don't get it angry, because if you do, you will unleash a raging beast with performance that only the more specialist exotica can tame.
Having been a BMW driver for some time, the last being a 330 ci sport convertible, the natural progression was into an M3 convertible...... and what a difference the M3 is. Whilst the 330ci is a beast in its own right, the M3 is truly a sports car, with more power, just as smooth with the gorgeous 19" alloys, and with the added agression in the looks department and the engine noise that sounds like a true supercar, the M3 is a totally different car to the 330ci. The SMG is a treat and with the Auto mode a pleasure during a cruise through thr traffic, dropping a gear using the SMG for 'power on tap' is an absolute joy! With combined driving of motorways and urban roads, 24mpg is truly remakable and offers the economy of a family executive, One of the major concerns for any M3 driver, is there is simply 'not enough road'.
I am lucky enough to own a gorgeous 2003 M3 convertible. I was considering for a long time just the regular 330, not being sure the M3 was worth the extra 15k or so or the wait period ( that's right, if you want one you either have to wait 3 months or pay trough the nose for a fully equipped unit at the dealer if they happen to have one). Well I decided for the most expensive and I have not being dissapointed. This car is trully a dream!. Mine is fully loaded with SMG transmission, huge 19 inch wheels, Harman kardon stereo sound, Heated seats, Xenon lamps and every bit of equipment they could cramp into a compact sports car. The engine is ridiculous, with 330 HP it flies like the wind. I was actually surprised to find out the back seat, eventough for 2 people only, is very roomy. My brother is 6'4" and he has ridden in the back quite confortably. The ride is smooth but if I must be honest, it is the attention this car gets what is worth the cash. If you are the kind that likes to pass by innadvertedly DO NOT BUY THIS CAR! Every single bystander will develop a case of rubber-neck when you drive by . I love my car and would love to stay and writte a bit more but...there is a windy road outside and the keys are burning a hole in my pocket.........
With the BMW M-series being renowned for its performance vehicles the new M3 Convertible is another fine car from BMW with the only down side to it being the price!. I don't own an M3 but I have had the good fortune of driving one and all I can say is WOW!!!! Firstly, from the exterior it looks a powerful car with a mean bumper, nice M light alloy wheels in double - spoke design, slick chrome plated side intake and a smooth M exhaust system with two chrome plated dual tailpipes. The interior, like the exterior, is smart and obviously one of a high end sports car. The in-car navigation system is a good option to opt for and although it costs around £2,000 if you can afford a £45,000 car an extra £2,000 shouldn't be a problem. Performance-wise it is superb with 0-62 MPH in 5.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH. The fuel economy is not amazing but for an owner of a car like this the price of petrol will not be a problem. This car is far superior than other cars in its class like the Mercedes AMG range or the Saab convertible range. If you have the money and are looking for a perfect car look no further than the New BMW M3 Convertible. (NOTE: The waiting list is around 6-12 months so you will have to purchase one privately and currently the private sellers sell these cars for a few thousand ABOVE the list price).
Where do I start? Try 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. What about a top speed of 155mph artificially limited to ensure that you don’t start racing jet fighters on take-off? Or to look at it another way, there’s the 343bhp from the 3.2-litre straight-six engine. And this is all from a car that costs £20,000 less than a Porsche 911 and returns and official 23.7 mpg. The machine in question is BMW’s new M3, and it surely must rate as the bargain supercar of 2001. Acceleration from standstill is bordering on awesome, thanks to the 269 lb/ft of torque on tap. And while your rival in his £200,000 Italian monster must leave the luggage at home, the new M3 offers all the comforts of a family car – plus, of course, the bombproof reliability you expect from a BMW. Catches? Hardly any. You could quibble over the steering, which lacks the ultimate finesse of say, a 911. And you could carp at the firmish ride. But if you did, I’d suggest that a Lexus might have suited sir better in the first place. As for me, I want one.