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iDrive remains, but we've beaten that dead horse enough already
Car and Driver
Fewer standard features than competitors
Navigation system brings with it exasperating iDrive
Even though performance clearly ranks above all else in the 2009 BMW M3, it has many—perhaps too many—technology and convenience features. Reviewers generally love the audio options but loathe the unfortunate iDrive system, which hasn’t become much friendlier in recent years.
Although the M3 has an expansive list of features, MyRide.com mentions there are "fewer standard features than competitors" on this M3 BMW. According to Edmunds, the BMW M3 comes in one trim level, as either a coupe or sedan, 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 ten-speaker audio system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack."
By adding the Premium Package, you gain, "power-folding mirrors, BMW Assist and enhance interior trim," says Edmunds, while the Technology Package includes 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.”
Edmunds further notes that options on the 2009 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.
The 2009 BMW M3 sports so many features that they can become a distraction from the essential driving experience.