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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Top-notch build quality
The interior of the BMW M3 has always been a place designed for performance driving
BMW has always been known for high quality and great interiors, and the 2008 BMW M3 is certainly not an exception.
The design of the front seats in the BMW M3 is "aggressive" says Edmunds, noting that they are "multi-adjustable (under thigh, side wings)" and how they feel "custom-made to your body once you've dialed in your adjustments." The adjustable backrests keep you situated in the M3 BMW "when slicing through narrow canyons," says MyRide, and even though the cockpit is "snug," it's deemed "roomy enough" by Cars.com. However, when it comes to the rear seats in the M3 BMW, only two adults can fit--just. In the words of Motor Trend, it has a "useable (occasionally) rear seat." Car and Driver is a little more generous, saying, "Rear seat-space with two adults is tight but livable."
Storage is OK in the BMW M3, according to Cars.com, but "access is a little narrow." However, you can use the "folding split rear seats" if you'd like, according to MyRide.com, and Car and Driver finds trunk space to be "more than adequate."
Reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com had mixed--though still mostly positive--opinions about the M3 BMW's fit and finish. "Build quality and materials inside the M3 are excellent," says Edmunds. The placement of controls is "ergonomic," according to Autoblog, and the materials used in the BMW M3 are top-notch. Even so, Edmunds finds room for complaint when it comes to the interior, finding it "monotonous" and "subdued."
Noise is "unobjectionable" in the 2008 BMW M3, according to Cars.com, except when you're driving on "porous pavement," which really brings out the whine from the tires. Automobile adores the sound of the M3’s V-8: “Mash the loud pedal, and the quiet V-8 turns into a screaming demon,” they write. “It sounds angrier and more ferocious than any V-8 you've ever heard this side of Maranello.” Edmunds reports that the M3’s optional 19-inch tires are noisemakers: “these sticky tires are prone to generating noise ranging from a slight hum to a somewhat annoying drone.”
The 2008 BMW M3 has top-notch build quality, comfortable front seats, and usable backseats.