Used BMW 3-Series M3 Convertible (2001 - 2006) Safety & Reliability

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.

3.5 out of 5



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The coupe model achieves a four-star Euro NCAP rating which the cabriolet should match and it features six airbags as standard and a full compliment of electronic safety measures. Extra roll-over protection triggers behind the rear seats in the event of a roll. Puts up a very good fight in the face of thieves who might otherwise find it a very tempting target.

4.5 out of 5


M3 is a car people take for granted as being able to take a thrashing without any special treatment. Fortunately it can stand it - engineering is impressive and that engine just keeps coming back for more.

Car check problem points


Brakes and tyres for signs of excessive wear due to track use.


No major faults, but suspension issues have been reported. Needs full BMW service history.


Check hood operation and for signs of leaks; wiper motor; central locking mechanism.