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BMW M3 saloon owner reviews

"The BMW M3 is a legendary name among supersaloons, but while the latest version is good, its rivals have caught up"

Carbuyer Rating

2.9 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.7 out of 5

100%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 2reviews
  • 1reviews

Common Problems

    Owner Review

    5 out of 5

    Version

    Competition

    Year of registration

    2018

    Average annual mileage

    15,000 – 19,999

    Owned

    Less than a year

    Bought Car

    Used

    Typical MPG

    29
    Review
    Although relatively new, my M3 Competition is proving a remarkable car to drive. It has masses of power and when matched to the autobox makes driving a real hoot. The revised suspension settings of the Competition and multi function selection modes to the gearbox, dampers, steering and engine give you as much or as little electronic input as a driver needs. Other high perfomance car manufacturers could learn from BMW here as its not over intrusive. A Golf R with all the gimmicks made my driving hell for 18 months as it was so over the top and would never allow you to "drive" the car. The DSG is worth a mention as it is very good. Jaguar need to get hold of this box as it runs rings around the ZF effort which I found so poor in my last car. It is not a cheap car to own or run, but you will know that before you buy one. Late 20's mpg at best, but if you want economy why look here anyway! I never understand the criticism of performance vehicles about fuel usage..... buy a Smart ForTwo! Would also suggest purchasing a Service Pack, in this case will save you over a three year ownership. Great car, great fun, especially with the latest 2018 modifications.
    Reliability

    5 out of 5

    All good so far
    Performance

    5 out of 5

    Its quick, very quick
    Running Cost

    5 out of 5

    Service pack so no cost for the running in 1200 mile serice

    Owner Review

    5 out of 5

    Version

    Comp pack

    Year of registration

    2017

    Average annual mileage

    10,000 – 14,999

    Owned

    1 - 2 years

    Bought Car

    New

    Typical MPG

    25
    Review
    Excellent car. Great speed, handling and build quality. Power and grip is brilliant, yet can be used as an everyday family car. Boot easily takes 7-8 bags of shopping.
    Reliability

    5 out of 5

    No problems - although tyres wear quick and are expensive, otherwise no issues.
    Performance

    5 out of 5

    Wow!
    Running Cost
    As expected.

    Owner Review

    4 out of 5

    Year of registration

    2016

    Average annual mileage

    15,000 – 19,999

    Owned

    1 - 2 years

    Bought Car

    Used

    Typical MPG

    22
    Review
    Tremendous performance, masses of mid range power but it can be a handful in the wet. The door seals are a little noisy at low speed, I find steering fine some don't – it's very responsive and the car is extremely agile. You have to treat it with respect – it can turn from a easy to drive town car into a aggressive animal otherwise. The double clutch gearbox is brilliant with no lag between changes. However, the fuel consumption is not even close to the advertised figure unless you travel at 10 mph.
    Reliability

    5 out of 5

    So far very good. No issues
    Performance

    5 out of 5

    I have driven on track flat out and its a cracking drive. Comes to life at high speeds and when you push it the engine noise and it pops and crackles when driving.
    Running Cost

    3 out of 5

    Not even close to what BMW says but yiu do not buy for low running costs you buy for excitement

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