2005 BMW M3
fantastic car, power, finish, design, handling.
drive it just sometimes but just finished a 2,500 miles journey.My advice buy one.
by FANTASTIC CAR BUY
1999 BMW M3
This was purchased as a show/pleasure car. Absolutely fantastic example of the early M. This car is particularly underrated due to the drastic design change from e30 to e36 and the mass quantities it was produced in. Don't let that fool you. There are excellent examples out there to be found and many because of a lower price are being misused and discarded, deindling the numbers. This is a straight 6 5speed that feels and sound every bit M that you'd expect. The handling is superb and you will think it is much more powerful than it actually is. At 240hp the car is darting and explosive. inexpensive to maintain and ready for a track with a light amount of proper upgrades. Did I mention the engine is fantastic? I've driven in these above 200,000 miles and when properly maintained they are every bit as much fun.
2005 BMW M3
This is the ultimate driving machine for a reason! Also the reason I've owned more than one. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest this car to any motoring enthusiast, but be weary, the only type you want to buy is the excellent condition one. These cars do not cope well with sub average care, if the previous owner took care of it well by car standards, it is still questionable. You want to find one someone treated like there first born. Hard to find these days.
by Jesse McFarlin
1997 BMW M3
I was looking for an un-modified performance car with 4 doors and manual transmission. The 6 cylinder BMW engine has been around for quite a while and has a good reputation for reliability. I use the car as a daily driver. The car is comfortable, brakes are great, steering is precise and power at all speeds. I did not purchase the cheapest one available. The car was, in my opinion, near perfect. I am very pleased with the purchase.
1997 BMW M3
I have wanted an M3 since I was a kid. Grew up with 2002 & e30 325i and always wanted to own a BMW for myself. I finally went for it and found a decent low miles sort of unmolested 97 M3 coupe. It wasn't perfect but it's not my daily & it's going to be a weekend toy. I knew going in that it would need work to get it to a condition I would be comfortable taking it from SF to LA. I had a BMW shop run an inspection they said it had leaky steering rack other than that minor stuff to fix. Compression was good so I am happy. It's an old car at this point you basically get what you pay for. If you do some research plenty of online check lists and YouTube videos to do decent pre purchase inspection. Check for cracked shock towers bam!
2005 BMW M3
I bought the E46 M3 because it's a classic car.
I use the car for pleasure or on the weekends.
I have a 2005 M3 Competition Package (Interlargos blue).
This was a hard car to come by, but patience will pay off. Probably the best car I've had. You all need to own a E46 M3 at least once in this lifetime, this was my dream car since I was 13 years old and finally got my hands on one.
by BMW MANNY
Used BMW M3 Information
In addition beautiful interiors and sporty handling, BMW's M3 includes several enhancements over the BMW 3 Series from which it is based: a bigger engine, beefed up suspension, and anti-lock braking systems, plus a more athletic exterior. This offering from BMW's "Motorsport division" will appeal to the luxury car buyer looking for sports car performance
The most sought-after engine in the M3 range is the 3.2L 6-cylinder seen in the E36 and E46. The E36 was first imported into America in 1995 and was part of the car's second generation. Performance was the defining factor in its popularity, with 240hp through its six cylinders leaving BMW fans wanting even more next time.
The 2001 model E46 delivered the 'more' that drivers wanted, which came as a coupe or convertible body, had 333hp through the rear wheels and six-speed transmission as standard. A steering wheel paddle transmission option was added in 2002, with BMW's inclusions all adding to improve their sportiest offering.
The BMW M3 is based on the M-series, but takes things up a notch or three. With each new version comes more impressive equipment: the current model comes with a 10-speaker sound system and a hardtop roof for the convertible. Additional extras include 19-inch wheels, an iDrive navigation system and personalized performance settings.
Through the years there have been the 1988-1991 E30, the 1995-1999 E36 and the 2001-2006 E46, which can all usually be found on the used market. The E36 is likely to be the cheapest option, as the E30 has become something of a collector's item, while the E46 has combined the best parts of previous generations into an excellent vehicle in its own right.
With so many features packed into this sporty drive, the legendary M3 is a very popular used car and should retain a lot of its value if it is well looked after.