The BMW M3 was once known as an enthusiast dream car. BMW started with a four-cylinder back in the 1980s. Then moved up to a six-cylinder until the 2008 M3, which debuted with a 4 liter V-8 that put our about 415 HP. This change significantly advanced it in the BMW line up and sports cars in general. But at the same time, the M5 had a naturally aspirated V10, so if someone wanted that huge roar, they would skip the M3 for the M5.
The BMW M3 Is the Worst Sports Car You Should Never Buy
Even though the 2020 M3 got a new 3.0-Liter twin-turbo S58 straight-six, which is the same engine in both X3 M and X4 M models. AutoGuide said, “the M3 has lost the magic that used to make it the envy of enthusiasts everywhere and the higher-end versions of the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang deliver more fun for a lot less cash.”
There is a lot to not love about the BMW M3
If you find one with carbon-ceramic brakes, they are known for being very noisy. The rotor is so large that it leaves only a small amount of clearance between the 19-inch wheel. This little clearance allows for tiny road rocks to get stuck between the barrel of the wheel and the rotor. These rocks will inevitably cause lots of scratching.
Additionally, the cost of the 19 inch and above wheels needed with the carbon-ceramic brakes will come at a substantial financial investment. However, they should last you over 100,000 miles.
The rear quarter panel has a kick out that flairs around the rear tire. However, for a brand known for style and engineering, this was a bad idea because any road debris that is kicked up by the front tires will hit those rear flares cause a lot of scratches and dings.
If it’s a 2018 or older look closely at the exhaust, due to the optional M Performance exhaust being prone to cracking where the pipes come out of the exhaust.
Frustrating interior design
The interior of the earlier M3 has a large amount of plastic, which is not what one would find at its price pricepoint. More frustration comes from the overly complicated turn signals, which are a designer’s nightmare. Once the turn signal is turned on, it goes back to the center, meaning if you need to turn it off manually, you can’t. If you try to flip it up, then it turns on the left turn signal.
The center console has what appears to be two different compartments, but when one is opened, it becomes clear that it only has one. There is no cupholder for the driver, although there are two cup holders on the passenger side.
The rear seats have virtually no accommodations, no cup holders, and the center armrest is unlike any other center armrest known to man. It has no hinge but flops out without structure. The M3 honestly had no concern for rear passengers.
We recommend passing this one by unless you are simply an enthusiast or a BMW lover. For the money, there are better sports cars with more horsepower and better thought out interiors.