Originally posted by PowerBookDude
Well, anyway how safe is the M3 coupe? Also how is the ride in it?
What do you guys think about SMG? Like it does it work well, any problems etc.
there is also a higher exclusivity factor with the M5. Im glad they will be stopping production. between the M5 and M3 I chose the M5. I think it will be the last great BMW. Just my 2 cents but Im not really thrilled with the design direction the company is going in and even if the next model can blow the doors off this one, Id take this one in a second because its fast enough and is a beautiful design.
the 3 series is also a safe car, but the 5 is safer. click on here:
the ride in the M3 coupe is good, but its a little more sporty oriented. its a little less forgiving over the bumps but it also has less body roll and the car weighs around 500 lbs less. I dont think youd have a problem driving the M3 every day, but the M5 is the very best daily driver sports car out there- because its really a sports sedan and gives you just the right amount of comfort.
the M5 engine has power everywhere in its powerband, the M3 engine has a definate peak at the higher rpms. some people think the M3 is less desirable because it lacks the low end torque. my take on it is that the M5 is like a beast (hence its nickname) that can pull at any moment, while the M3 is more like a hyper-active little sports car that needs the absolute right gear selection. the steering and braking are more immediate in the M3.
as to SMG- thats going to be a personal thing. the system works as advertised. you have to ask yourself what you want the car for and if youre the sort of person who enjoys the satisfaction of shifting the car yourself, feeling the shifter go into each gear position and doing the clutch work; or would you prefer to have the ability to select the gears with a more modern interface and not worry so much about doing clutch work and matching rpms. I fall into the first group. I dont take my car to the track and I dont race it so I dont need the performance benefits of SMG. I just enjoy the act of shifting. If youre going to track the car and if you cant really heel and toe then SMG will be a huge benefit. there is a reason the F1 cars use this, but while thats cool, my take is just because its f1 technology, doesnt mean it should be in a road car.
if youre used to a traditional manual, SMG will take some getting used to also. but from all the reviews Ive read, they say the things like lurching between gears can be smoothed out with proper modulation of the gas.