2006 BMW M3 Review
The M3 is a sports version of the BMW 3 Series. It was first introduced in the late ’80s and was offered until 1992. The coupe returned in 1995, followed by a sedan version in 1997. A convertible followed the next year, and the sedan was discontinued in 1999. The third, and current generation debuted in 2001.
The BuyingAdvice Team Says:
The BMW M3 might be an aging model, but it still stands as a fun sports car. With some of the best driving dynamics on the market, the M3 guarantees a thrilling ride every time. On the other hand, the current model is two years old, and in terms of features and performance, it lags behind the competition, especially with its price tag.
While the 3 Series was refreshed for 2007, the M3 will not follow suit until 2008. A leather interior is now standard. The M3 is offered as a coupe or a convertible.
What’s New For 2007:
What is the Predicted Reliability:
J.D. Power ratings are not available. Problems in this generation include engine knock, faulty crankshaft sensors, steering noise, transmission leaks, and transmission slips. This generation of the 3 Series has had many recalls, but the M3 itself was only recalled once in 2001 for screws falling into the parking brake drum. Expect average reliability. The basic warranty lasts for four years or 50,000 miles.
Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:
Crash test scores are not available. Anti-lock brakes, front side airbags, and stability control come standard. The coupe features head curtain airbags and the convertible includes a rollover protection feature. Rear side airbags are optional.
Pros and Cons:
+ Fun to drive
+ Superb handling
+ Comfortable interior
- Disappointing performance
- High price tag
- Old design
The 2007 Volvo S60 costs about $18,000 less, but has over 100 less hp. However, it gets up to seven more miles to the gallon. The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class also costs nearly $18,000 less. Like the M3, it features a six-speed transmission, but has about 100 less hp. The 2008 Audi A4 costs about the same as the M3, but has a larger engine with seven more hp.
What Others Are Saying:
“The current iteration of BMW’s signature sports car blends competition power and handling with the comfort of a workaday sedan. Cockpit tech is less than impressive for a car with a price tag of nearly 70 grand, and fuel consumption and emissions are high. But it sure is fun to drive.” – C|Net
“Even after five years, the BMW M3 stands at the top of the premium sports coupe and convertible class.” – The Auto Channel
“The mighty M3 continues with nominal changes for 2006 and remains one of the best sport coupes available.” – Forbes
Read more about the 2006 BMW M3 at the BMW manufacturer web site.