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7.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$51,430
BASE MSRP
$55,900
On Quality
The 2011 BMW M3 gets by on front-seat comfort and a sexy engine note-but backseats are cramped and the tires make less pleasant sounds.
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All the knobs, switches and levers have a good, solid feel.
Cars.com

Hustle the M3 around town and the firmer ride instantly becomes recognizable. It's not jarring or uncomfortable, just communicative.
Motor Trend

Aside from performance, the M3 is comfortable on the highway and has plenty of space for four adults.
Car and Driver

The seats will keep you in place during aggressive driving and keep you comfortable on long drives.
Automobile.com

I do have one complaint amidst the glowing praise for the M3: BMW needs to revise the clumsy gear selector that has no way to put the car in park.
Automobile Magazine

Quality is a keyword for BMW and always has been, but its interior feel can be a bit dark and cramped; all of these elements are present in the cabin of the 2011 M3.

The front sport bucket seats offer plenty of room, but thigh support is lacking, and there's not much room in the footwells on either side.  The rear seat is best reserved for occasional use by adults, though some (likely smaller) passengers may find it just fine.

Beyond the top-notch build quality and materials, there can be a bit of noise in the cabin--the wail of the V-8 raises in both pitch and volume as you step on the gas, though in a sports car, it's hard to call that a fault. The wide, grippy tires can drone on some surfaces, though for the most part it's nothing to complain about.

Optional trim upgrades of carbon fiber, wood, or aluminum allow customization but don't much brighten the somber experience.

 


Conclusion

The 2011 BMW M3 gets by on front-seat comfort and a sexy engine note-but backseats are cramped and the tires make less pleasant sounds.

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