2003 BMW M3

  • 2003 BMW M3 Base Convertible

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      3.2L I6
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  • 2003 BMW M3 Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

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      3.2L I6
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2003 BMW M3 Review

Style, performance, and stability in an attractive body.

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The 2003 BMW M3 is a powerful, 3.2-liter engine vehicle. It comes in two body styles, namely coupe and convertible. The 2003 BMW M3 comes with six-cylinder engine that pushes to a revving 333-horsepower.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual overdrive
Models: BMW M3 Coupe, BMW M3 Convertible

What's New

The 2003 BMW M3’s body design has smoother lines than the previous year’s model and an overall aerodynamic forward slant. Standard features in this edition are rain-sensing wipers. The 2003 BMW M3 comes with 18-inch performance tires and sport suspension. An additional standard feature is the DVD-based navigation system with voice directions.


The exterior of the 2003 BMW M3 amongst the BMW family of vehicles has a distinct front bumper with ellipse-shaped fog lights. It has flaring wheel fenders and a low riding all round apron. This apron gives the impression of a low ground clearance giving the 2003 BMW M3 and over stance that is ready for take-off. The 2003 BMW M3 comes with a rear spoiler that accentuates the ready for flight appearance.

It comes with 18 x 9.0 inch alloy wheels and 255/40R Z performance tires. It has an alloy spare wheel and a full size spare tire matching the other four tires. Variable and intermittent rain sensing wipers are standard in this edition. The rear window comes with defogger. The 2003 BMW M3 sits on a 107.5-inch wheelbase, and can handle 9.5 cubic feet of cargo. It is has 70.1 inches width, 54 inches height, and 176.8 inches length.


The interior of the 2003 BMW M3 is in premium cloth and some trims come with a leather interior option. The steering wheel is leather as are the seats and the door trim. The driver gets an electro-chromatic rearview mirror on the inside. This technology dims the glare of the lights of the vehicle in the rear in night driving. Both the driver and the passenger get an illuminating mirror each. The rear seat has a split-folding seatback.

The dashboard has a clock, a trip computer, and a music system. The sound system comes with ten speakers and an AM/FM radio with a single CD-player. Power features include door locks, power and heated mirrors, and power windows. The rear view mirror on the passenger side has reverse tilt capability. Reverse tilt allows the driver to see the rear of the vehicle for safety when backing into parking spaces.

The leather steering wheel has cruise control and audio controls mounted on it. The vehicle comes with cup holders in the front, and it has storage in the front console. The trunk has a trunk release lever on the inside. The lever enables a person trapped in the trunk to open it from inside the trunk. The speed-proportional power steering is on a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The BMW M3 has reading lights in the front and in the rear. The interior dimensions are 37.5 inches headroom, 41.7 inches legroom, and 54.5 inches shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 BMW M3 comes with a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine, producing 333 hp at 7900 rpm, and 262 lb-ft at 4900 rpm torque, double overhead cam (DOHC), with 24 valves, and variable valve timing (VVT) . The BMW M3 is a rear drive, six-speed manual transmission with limited slip differential in the rear. The suspension system of the BMW M3 is superior and comes with modified MacPherson strut suspension, Multi-link rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension. The wheels come with a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), stability and traction control systems, and electronic brake-force distribution.


The 2003 BMW M3 comes with head airbags in the front and side-mounted airbags for the driver and front passenger. It has two height-adjustable headrests in the front. Height adjustable headrests protect occupants from neck injuries and whiplash in an impact. The seatbelts come with pre-tension mechanism. The mechanism holds seat occupants against the seatback in an impact or in sudden braking. The vehicle comes with emergency braking assist system. The front and rear wheels come with ventilated disc brakes. For the driver to have better vision in all types of lighting, the 2003 BMW M3 has daytime running lights, fog lights, and dusk sensing headlights.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW M3 Coupe: 16/24 mpg city/highway
BMW M3 Convertible: 16/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Engine power
  • Sports performance
  • Attractive exterior
  • Suspension
  • Maneuverability
  • BMW quality technology
  • Speed handling
  • Interior upholstery

You Won't Like

  • Two door
  • Attention grabber

Sum Up

Style, performance, and stability in an attractive body.

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