Used BMW 3-Series M3 Convertible (2001 - 2006) Driving & Performance

Review by Parkers on
A very impressive piece of kit, with sufficiently enhanced looks to distinguish it from cooking 3-Series models, the drop top simply adds an extra layer of appeal to the M3's already compelling specification. Ultimately the loss of the metal roof makes it less suitable for the race track, but that's not the point of this car.

5 out of 5


It is a 3.2-litre straight six gem which delivers serious fire-power whenever you need it yet will happily trundle around in top gear when you're attempting to be economical - truly one of the great engines. A sequential clutchless manual gearbox is an option. Roof down you can savour the characterful engine note all the more...

4.5 out of 5


Feels a little firm at slower speeds but the pay-off is fantastic handling that is both balanced and responsive. All controls offer plenty of feedback. Tackle a series of bends with inch-perfect precision or slide like a lunatic - ultimately the bodyshell is less rigid than the coupe making it a little less composed on rougher roads you'd need to be wringing neck to really notice it.