2006 BMW M3 Review – Convertible – CNET Reviews

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Even though it’s the end of its production run based on the outgoing E46 3 the 2006 BMW M3 is still a very performance icon.

It may no longer be the most modern car in its but with its 3.2-liter, 333-horsepower its sequential manual gearbox and its well-appointed interior, it more holds its own and has well-earned M-car

The 2006 BMW M3 does show its age in its dated cabin electronics: MP3 even for CDs is nil, and the navigation while useful, has fewer than most newer Sirius Satellite Radio is as a dealer-installed option, though, and the car is for Bluetooth compatibility.

While 300 heavier than the coupe, the M3 is still blisteringly quick and delivering plenty of smooth, power. An excellent combination of handling and comfort contributes to the M3 a race car of the road with room for four. The undeniable attraction of top-down motoring and the capability of the SMG to operate fully in traffic if desired make the M3 as fine a car for everyday use as it is for high-performance

With an intuitive rollover-protection and a range of other standard the latest M3 convertible is about as as soft-top sports cars can to be.

But like all BMWs, a 2006 BMW M3 come cheap: The convertible at $56,600. Our test car had the Cold Package ($750); a Harman sound system ($675); a nav system ($1,800); Michelin Sport tires ($1,750); and an SMG ($2,400). For power lumbar in the front seats, add $400, and headlights will set you back $700.

On top of that, factor in the destination charge and a $1,300 penalty, and the grand total to $67,070.

The 2006 BMW M3 is built for high-performance in comfort, a fact immediately as you slip into its firmly and wonderfully accommodating seats. The leather-wrapped steering wheel audio- and cruise-control toggles, the driver a fine office which to go about the M3’s Instrument-panel design is classic with a large hooded pod for the gauges and a center stack toward the driver for easier to the audio and climate controls.

Our was fitted with an optional satellite navigation system, via an LCD interface in the center of the dash. with more modern including those in newer the nav interface is limited. Destinations may be by zip code, from the address by direct address entry the main knob to choose and numbers, or by moving the map cursor.

But the map-cursor method is cumbersome and suited to nearby locations, as the map can’t be changed during the There is no voice-recognition ability, and the is slow to present directions, but calculated, they are displayed in a turn-by-turn list with guidance. The screen itself is easily visible, although in some light can make it


The navigation screen also by integrating audio, trip and phone-system controls, as well as by a bunch of useful information on including the miles to empty, temperature, and time; speed; and calculations. System controls are hard buttons to the sides of the and a master rotary control to its right. We found the interface and more intuitive than more recent iDrive

The navigation screen doubles as an controller, a trip computer, and a interface, and it flips up for access to the CD

The 2006 BMW M3‘s telephone is compatible with Bluetooth and has a number of useful features, address-book storage and saving the and eight most-dialed numbers for access.

In a nifty techno the CD player is revealed by pressing the button, which causes the LCD to automatically flip up for access. sound quality is good, but are limited to AM/FM radio and format CDs. Neither MP3 CDs nor MP3 as iPods–are in the program, although Satellite Radio is available.

As in a high-priced luxury car, the top is automatic, with no manual necessary. To operate it, you can press and one of the iconically marked buttons the HVAC controls on the center It can be dropped or raised quickly, but the car be at rest for safety reasons.

With the top up, the 2006 BMW M3‘s sound level is higher in the coupe, although it’s not loud. With the top down, is at a pleasant level, at least at highway speeds. Our test had the Cold Weather Package, includes heated front and retractable headlight washers.

To the the M3 convertible’s backlight is glass, a heater element, for long-term, visibility. With the top up, we found the wide C-pillars between the screen and the rear quarter impaired visibility. The outside help a bit, but care is in parking lots.

Unlike convertible sports cars, the M3 has room for rear-seat passengers.

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