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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Navigation system brings with it exasperating iDrive
Fewer standard features than competitors
iDrive remains, but we've beaten that dead horse enough already
Car and Driver
The 2008 BMW M3 sports so many features, they can become a distraction from the essential driving experience.
The BMW M3 comes in one trim level, as either a coupe or sedan, says Edmunds, and includes "18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, xenon headlamps, cruise control, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable sport seats...split/folding rear seats and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack." Even though this is quite an expansive list, MyRide.com mentions there are "fewer standard features than competitors" on this M3 BMW.
If you choose to add the Premium Package on your M3 BMW, you will get to enjoy "power-folding mirrors, BMW Assist and enhance interior trim," says Edmunds. With the Technology Package, you will be adding the M Drive--"a feature that allows the driver to adjust the throttle and steering response/feel"--to your BMW M3, along with a bunch of other features like "keyless entry/start and electronically controlled dampers." The Technology Package also adds the navigation system, which requires “BMW's unintuitive iDrive multifunction controller.”
Options on the 2008 BMW M3 include 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, and rear park assist. Satellite radio, HD radio, and iPod connectivity are offered. A sunroof is a no-cost option on the sedan, Edmunds adds.
The 2008 BMW M3 has a liberal dose of features, with great options for audio systems—as well as the unfortunate iDrive system.