If being understated is an art, then this BMW M3 is Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and PaperMagazine condensed into a little silver metal-and-carbon-fiber box. Not only does it break the conventional mold by beating its coupe doppelganger in usability, but it's available for the price of a base model Toyota Camry SE.
If being understated is an art, then this BMW M3 is Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Paper Magazine condensed into a little silver metal-and-carbon-fiber box. Not only does it break the conventional mold by beating its coupe doppelganger in usability, but it's available for the price of a base model Toyota Camry SE.
This 2008 BMW M3 4-door is a masterpiece of engineering. Its 4.0 liter, 414 horsepower V8 (a derivative of the 5.0 liter V10 found in the E60 M5) delivers its massive revving power to its 6-speed manual transmission, resulting in a zero to sixty sprint of around 3.9 seconds. This car can do this while seating 5 people comfortably. That's not just quick, it was damn near impossible a few decades ago. It's not a car so much as it is a freaking miracle.
By the looks of things, the car is fully loaded, with BMW's love-it-or-hate-it iDrive Navigation suite and Nappa leather interior trim with carbon fiber accents. It's not the most desirable color, but for this price, I'm not sure you can find a better looking/optioned example that hasn't been on the wrong side of a cliff.
Mechanical parts can be a bit expensive for this car, but if you budget correctly, you can have a hell of a performer for the cost of a boring daily driver, with all the practicality of that boring daily driver. It's a win-win-win, and it's a smoking deal for anyone looking for a fun way to get to work. Get it before people realize how awesome these cars really are.
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Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world's cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he's the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn't feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.