Review 5 of 40|
from CA. dealer
Year / Model Reviewed:
2002 BMW M Coupe (which is NOT a "Z3 M")
Unique looks. Odd from certain angles, gorgeous from others. Rare. Resale value.
Power. Brakes. Interior is superb (except the damn steering wheel!); simple and clean.
Michelin Pilot Sports are fantastic. Sunroof (except button location) is great.
The engine performs and even looks like a 10. It's just all good.
Gas cap is even great (many are not, and that gets annoying).
Hood has TWO latches, not one.
Battery is in the rear, but there is a positive post under the hood to jump start those dead Mustangs & Vettes.
Car is just so unusual looking. Unlike Honda Accords, Camry's, etc, which
all look the same, this car looks like nothing else.
Button for sunroof is in a dumb location (when you use it the car behind you might think you are flipping them off). Side mirrors don't self dim (boo hoo, I'll live). Chrome on guages sometimes blinds you!
Biggest weakness? Morons think it is a Z3 (although very rarely).
Rims/tires shoud be wider. Stock they are 225 & 245. 245's and 275 or 285's would be preferred.
ESS Tuning does not offer a supercharge for it yet (est power will be 417 hp).
Traction control for sport driving is WORTHLESS.
Real complaints: Rear suspension. Needs improving, not bad, but not up to the rest of the car.
I will work on this soon. More torque would be nice. Steering wheel is TOO BIG!
Reverse should be harder to engage (but my girlfriend says it is already too difficult)..
No Xenon lights (why?!).
No 18" wheels (and the M Star rims they have are not made in 18", bummer).
No cross drilled brakes (costs very little to do on the factory end).
No CLS (light weight version).
Some people mention rattles? I have done better than 100+ at at least a 100x's, 120+ at least 15x's.
I have done 140+ 5x's, and 150+ 3x's.
My car has NO rattles. None.
Summary (paid $42,445 + tax, the dealer was a sucker).
First off, there is a: Z3, Z3 Coup, M Roadster, & M Coup. *4* very different models.
An M Coup is NOT A "Z3 M Coup". NO SUCH THING.
Is an M3 a "330 M3"? No!
Is an M5 a "540 M5"? No!
Is a Lincoln navigator an "F250 Navigator". No!
Is a Ferrari 288 GTO a "308 wide body"? No!
Pathetic to see how many people here call there M Coups and M Roadster "Z3 M Coups" and "Z3 M Roadsters".
Look at the title of your car if you are still confused as to what it is you own...
There is no other car that can give you this kind of fun and EXCLUSIVITY like this car does.
Honda S2000? Are you kidding? Yeah, red line it, drop the clutch at 5K rpm, and if you are luck you will still be only 1-2 seconds off of the M Coups 315 hp 0-60 in 4.3 second time (EVO Euro magazine). The M Coup is MUCH more than just a fast 0-60 car (if that's all you want then buy a Mustang, recline the seat all the way, and pretend you are cool). S2000 is cute, but it is not in the same category as the M Coup or M Roadster. If you think it is, then you should be driving a lowered Handa Civic with a 4' wing on the back and 5" exhaust out let on your stock muffler, oh, and don;t forget that poor posture makes you go faster, so be sure to recline the seat half way before driving it....
M Coup in an awesome car. I plan on keeping it until BMW releases an M8
(which might be never, and that will be fine).
Over all I give it an 9.0 out of 10 (rear suspension kills it as a 9.5).
The longer I have it the more I like it. My friends love it. More they see it the more they like it.
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