BMW M3 Coupe (01 - 07)

Used BMW M3 Coupe (01 - 07) review

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(2001 - 2007)
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Which used BMW M3 coupe should I buy?

The M3 comes fully loaded with kit – from stability and traction technology to big alloys, air-con and six airbags. However, we'd avoid the larger 19-inch alloys - they may look good, but they do nothing for the ride quality.

In addition to the standard precise six-speed manual, BMW also offered an SMG (Sequential Manual Gearbox) paddle-shift auto. It's effective but brutal, so unless you do lots of track days, stick with the manual.

In 2003 came the limited-edition 360bhp M3 CSL. It is even more focused than the standard car: more powerful and lighter, and with bigger brakes, sharper steering and more. The CS arrived in 2005, matching many of the CSL's parts to the M3's standard 338bhp engine.

The classifieds will have plenty of M3s, and there are many more in BMW's network and with specialist dealers, but get an independent inspection before you think about signing a cheque.

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Which used BMW M3 coupe should I buy?

The M3 comes fully loaded with kit – from stability and traction technology to big alloys, air-con and six airbags. However, we'd avoid the larger 19-inch alloys - they may look good, but they do nothing for the ride quality.

In addition to the standard precise six-speed manual, BMW also offered an SMG (Sequential Manual Gearbox) paddle-shift auto. It's effective but brutal, so unless you do lots of track days, stick with the manual.

In 2003 came the limited-edition 360bhp M3 CSL. It is even more focused than the standard car: more powerful and lighter, and with bigger brakes, sharper steering and more. The CS arrived in 2005, matching many of the CSL's parts to the M3's standard 338bhp engine.

The classifieds will have plenty of M3s, and there are many more in BMW's network and with specialist dealers, but get an independent inspection before you think about signing a cheque.

For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here