2008 BMW M3 Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.

TheCarConnection.com’s car experts researched road tests of the 2008 BMW M3 two-door from across the Web to write this definitive review. TheCarConnection.com also drove the new BMW M3 in Europe and in the U.S. to provide an expert opinion to guide our review, to add more information where necessary, and to help you by choosing reputable reviews and by explaining where they might differ in opinions.

The 2008 BMW M3 is the first M3 in history to sport a V-8. That's double the number of cylinders it had when it first arrived in the United States some 20 years ago. Thanks to the twofold increase, the 2008 BMW M3 has supercar-style performance in a $57,000 package.

The heart of the new M3 is its 4.0-liter V-8, which kicks out 414 horsepower through a delightful six-speed manual transmission. This tarted-up 3-Series coupe (a sedan is also offered) will claw its way to 60 mph in only 4.8 seconds, and rushes to a 155-mph top speed.

Along with the stunning straight-line performance, it's the M3's stupefying handling and traction that draws in enthusiasts. The M3 grips corners firmly, while the body stays tightly in line like a race car. BMW's added too many electronic aids that can interfere with the driving experience--adjustable shocks, steering, and stability control among them--but fortunately, they can all be turned off for maximum fun.

Its price tag is now a stunning $57,000, but the 2008 BMW M3 handily turns in the kind of performance that brought Porsche 911s and Chevy Corvettes fame on the racetrack and on the streets.

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January 21, 2016
For 2016 BMW M3

The M3 really is Dr. Jeklly and Mr. Hyde

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The car is a great daily driver and family hauler. Fit and finish is outstanding, and it is a car my wife can drive with ease. She is not a car person but enjoys a car with a little power to get around traffic... + More »
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November 14, 2015
2016 BMW M3 4-Door Sedan

Loving my m3

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Amazing power, handling and comfort in a car I can race or take my family out in. My wife and I considered a lot of four door performance sedans and went with the m3 due the great experiences we have had with... + More »
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October 28, 2015
2016 BMW M3 4-Door Sedan

Great Sedan class....Love it

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It is a great car but it disappoints with the less fuel efficiency compared to the other sedan classes..Compared to other cars, Technology is at its best class.
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February 13, 2016
2012 BMW M3 2-Door Coupe

Balance & nimbleness of a ballerina...

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Having taken delivery at The Welt, so as to drive in the intended environment for 6 weeks, this car proved itself to be a balanced performer. Even though relegated to 120 mph till the 1200 mile service in... + More »
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March 22, 2016
For 2005 BMW M3

Amazing workmanship and performance and the style says it for its self.

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Acually mine is a 2006 M3 converatable and really all you need to do it drive it and you will understand with it 5 minutes that the car is all it is and more.
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April 28, 2015
For 2002 BMW M3

Great Sports Car but not for the average person

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This car is a great car. It has a great power band and goes when you need it to. However, with that said it does use quite a bit of fuel if you are heavy footed. The car is quick to loose rear traction when... + More »
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April 21, 2015
For 2002 BMW M3

Classic!!!

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I have it for 13 years and very reliable. No major problems. Just routine care. Still state of the art compared to newer cars. I will own it till I die!
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December 13, 2015
2009 BMW M3 2-Door Convertible

My dream car

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Excellent performance very nice design interior is very nice the stereo soun is very good.
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