Used BMW 3-Series M3 (2007 - 2013) Review

Review by Simon Harris on
Last Updated: 04 Aug 2009
5
The M3 is a favourite of car enthusiasts. Its race heritage dates back to the 1980s, although at first the 2007 model seems far too well mannered to play the part of a road-going race car.
BMW 3-Series M3 (07-13)
Ultimate driver's car, purposeful styling, sublime V8 engine, standard leather and sat nav
High running costs, hard ride, fairly plain cabin

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£51,645 - £73,275

Used price range:

£10,700 - £29,010

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

5 out of 5

The M3 is a favourite of car enthusiasts. Its race heritage dates back to the 1980s, although at first the 2007 model seems far too well mannered to play the part of a road-going race car. Available as a saloon, convertible or coupe, there are some muscular styling additions to distinguish it from the standard 3-Series models, hinting at the car's potential.

But at a time when most people seem to be concerned about carbon footprints than a carbon-fibre roof, BMW has performed the trick of increasing engine size and power output, while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. However, the M3 remains a thrilling drive and certainly able to stake a claim as the best driver's car in its class in the face of ever stiffer competition from Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

5 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

2 out of 5

Green credentials

1.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 The fact that it has opening windows so you can hear the V8 sing.  

5 out of 5

Richard Seechim ,   25 Mar 2014    ... read more

 4 seats. Usable backseats, which is unusual for a sports convertible. Decent boot-size when roof not folded down.  

5 out of 5

Paul Hopwood ,   25 Sep 2013    ... read more

 The ability to go from a cruiser to a coupé in less than a minute  

4 out of 5

Hao Le ,   22 Feb 2011    ... read more

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