The 2008 BMW M3 has not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Edmunds notes the similar 3-Series BMW scores four stars for front-impact safety and five stars for side-impact protection from the NHTSA, while the IIHS gives it a “good” rating.
The 2008 BMW M3’s safety package is comprehensive. It includes "full-length side curtain airbags, front seat side airbags [and] antilock disc brakes," according to Edmunds. The large four-wheel-disc brakes can abruptly stop the BMW M3, says Cars.com. To be specific, the "14.2-inch rotors are used up front, while rear rotors measure 13.8 inches," plus "antilock brakes and an array of assist programs, including BMW's Dynamic Stability Control, are used."
The M3 BMW "offers good visibility and an excellent driving position," says Edmunds.