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If you have ever owned a BMW M3 then we would love to hear about your experience of the car. You could also let us know about the performance of any replacement parts when fitted. Write your review in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

BMW M3 Overview

The BMW M3 is a high performance compact executive car produced by the German car manufacturing company BMW. The M3 is the high performance version of the BMW 3-series and has been available as a coupe, saloon or convertible. The M3 was first introduced in 1986 on the E30 3-series and is still in production to this day. These cars have great performance and are extremely quick. They handle really well, are well refined and extremely well built. They are very greedy on the fuel and the tyre wear happens quickly but are also well equipped, spacious, comfortable and have great safety features. Does this sound anything like your experience of the BMW M3?

BMW M3 History

The E30 (1985-92) was the second generation of the 3-series range and was released in 1982. It was in 1985 that the first M3 was released with a 2.3L petrol engine. The M3 had a more aerodynamic body, better suspension, gearbox and brakes than the other 3-series cars. The E36 (1992-99) had a more powerful 3.0L engine and in 1995 had an upgrade to the 3.2L engine. The E36 was known for its great handling and amazing performance.

The E46 (2001-06) had a more powerful 3.2L engine which was the highest spec engine ever produced by BMW for a production car. This version was very stylish and the saloon version was dropped for the E46. The E90/92/93 (2007-present) had a new 4.0L V8 engine and was again nothing like the standard 3-series models. This is the current version in production.

Models

Evolution
M3 Edition
Evolution Sequential
CS
CSL
Dakar
Monte Carlo
Alpine
Frozen Silver Edition
Limited Edition 500
M Performance Edition

Fuel Economy

The BMW M3 has been available in 2.3, 3.0, 3.2 and 4.0L petrol engines. These engines are not very economical and the latest 3.2 and 4.0L engines offer up to 25mpg. Which engine do you have and how do you rate it economically? Remember to take into consideration the fuel type, engine size and age of vehicle when determining fuel economy on a vehicle.

Transmission

Over its lifetime the BMW M3 has had the following gearboxes available: 5 and 6-speed manual, 5, 6 and 7-speed automatic and a 6-speed SMG gearbox. Which gearbox do you have and how do you rate its performance? We have a section of our website dedicated to BMW gearbox parts where you can find the gearbox parts you need for your vehicle.

Parts

If you are looking for BMW M3 parts then we would like to help you find the exact part you are looking for at a price you will find hard to beat. We have a vast network of UK Breakers with parts available for all makes and models. You can search through this network by entering your vehicle details in our part finder or you can visit the M3 parts page to locate your needed parts.