The Truth About Cars » M3 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » M3 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Report: Next-gen BMW M3 Will Be All-Wheel Drive Plug-in Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/report-next-gen-bmw-m3-will-plug-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/report-next-gen-bmw-m3-will-plug-hybrid/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1142001 TheDetroitBureau’s Paul Eisenstein has a fine piece of reporting that the next-generation of BMW’s iconic M3 will have a hybrid, plug-in powertrain — a first for the performance sub-brand. Eisenstein says internal sources provided the information. According to the report, the rear wheels would be driven by the gasoline engine, which could be the M3’s current […]

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TheDetroitBureau’s Paul Eisenstein has a fine piece of reporting that the next-generation of BMW’s iconic M3 will have a hybrid, plug-in powertrain — a first for the performance sub-brand. Eisenstein says internal sources provided the information. According to the report, the rear wheels would be driven by the gasoline engine, which could be the M3’s current […]

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Future BMW M Cars May Not Have Manuals http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/future-bmw-m-cars-may-not-manuals/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/future-bmw-m-cars-may-not-manuals/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1108369 New BMW M boss Frank van Meel says buyers may still have a choice between two transmissions, just between two types of automatics. Talking to Autocar, van Meel said: “From a technical standpoint, the future doesn’t look bright for manual gearboxes.” So goes another nail into the coffin. Van Meel makes the same argument engineers have been […]

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New BMW M boss Frank van Meel says buyers may still have a choice between two transmissions, just between two types of automatics. Talking to Autocar, van Meel said: “From a technical standpoint, the future doesn’t look bright for manual gearboxes.” So goes another nail into the coffin. Van Meel makes the same argument engineers have been […]

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CPO To Go: 2014 Lexus IS F http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/cpo-go-2014-lexus-f/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/cpo-go-2014-lexus-f/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1093425 I usually have more fun with $5,000 cars than with $55,000 cars. It’s not because I’m cheap. Well, let me rephrase that. I love investing in a quality vehicle, but in the world that is wholesale auctions, I rarely get to see them. You can find nearly anything at the auctions that has been traded-in, repossessed […]

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I usually have more fun with $5,000 cars than with $55,000 cars. It’s not because I’m cheap. Well, let me rephrase that. I love investing in a quality vehicle, but in the world that is wholesale auctions, I rarely get to see them. You can find nearly anything at the auctions that has been traded-in, repossessed […]

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While You Were Sleeping: BMW M3 Touring Render, Ferrari Dino Returning and Takata’s Quality Chief Gets More Power http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/while-you-were-sleeping-bmw-m3-touring-render-ferrari-dino-returning-and-takatas-quality-chief-gets-more-power/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/while-you-were-sleeping-bmw-m3-touring-render-ferrari-dino-returning-and-takatas-quality-chief-gets-more-power/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1085281 As rumors swirl about the eventual release of the BMW M3 Touring, Theophilus Chin has put a couple of renders together of Bavaria’s hot D-pillared automobile. Here’s what happened overnight (and stories we’ve missed over the last few days). BMW M3 Touring (Theophilus Chin) Knowng Theophilus’ wonderful insight, it wouldn’t surprise me if the M3 Touring […]

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As rumors swirl about the eventual release of the BMW M3 Touring, Theophilus Chin has put a couple of renders together of Bavaria’s hot D-pillared automobile. Here’s what happened overnight (and stories we’ve missed over the last few days). BMW M3 Touring (Theophilus Chin) Knowng Theophilus’ wonderful insight, it wouldn’t surprise me if the M3 Touring […]

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Crapwagon Outtake: The Ultimate … Machine http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/crapwagon-outtake-ultimate-machine/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/crapwagon-outtake-ultimate-machine/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:15:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1050441 Insert your own preferred derogatory descriptor in the title. The E36 M3 – lauded as a wonderful driver’s car, yet derided as a watered-down car unworthy of the ///M badge. Built in reasonably high numbers, this M3 will never be as collectible as it’s predecessor, the Mighty E30, nor as beastly as the E46. I […]

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Insert your own preferred derogatory descriptor in the title. The E36 M3 – lauded as a wonderful driver’s car, yet derided as a watered-down car unworthy of the ///M badge. Built in reasonably high numbers, this M3 will never be as collectible as it’s predecessor, the Mighty E30, nor as beastly as the E46. I […]

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BMW M3/M4 Images Leaked Ahead Of Official Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/bmw-m3m4-images-leaked-ahead-of-official-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/bmw-m3m4-images-leaked-ahead-of-official-debut/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:53:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=677762 Most of the details regarding the new BMW M3 and M4 are pretty well-known already, but a new round of official images has been leaked ahead of the cars’ North American PR releases. Supposedly, this will be the lightest M3 in three generations, with an all-time high horsepower and (particularly) torque rating courtesy of twin […]

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Most of the details regarding the new BMW M3 and M4 are pretty well-known already, but a new round of official images has been leaked ahead of the cars’ North American PR releases. Supposedly, this will be the lightest M3 in three generations, with an all-time high horsepower and (particularly) torque rating courtesy of twin […]

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Capsule Review: 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/capsule-review-2012-cadillac-cts-v-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/capsule-review-2012-cadillac-cts-v-coupe/#comments Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:01:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464860 Upon graduation from Belfast Teacher’s Training College in the late ’60s, my father found himself summoned into the headmaster’s office. A heavy oaken drawer was opened and an object placed upon the green baize of the blotting pad: “Ye’ll be needin’ this.” “This” was the strap, thick leather symbol of martial law in the classroom. […]

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Upon graduation from Belfast Teacher’s Training College in the late ’60s, my father found himself summoned into the headmaster’s office. A heavy oaken drawer was opened and an object placed upon the green baize of the blotting pad: “Ye’ll be needin’ this.” “This” was the strap, thick leather symbol of martial law in the classroom. […]

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Piston Slap: Need a “Hans and Franz” ABS Workout? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/piston-slap-m3-needs-more-hans-and-franz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/piston-slap-m3-needs-more-hans-and-franz/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:25:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454647   Craig writes: Sajeev, Some time ago I purchased a 1995 (E36) BMW M3 as a project car. Mostly I have limited myself to bringing the maintenance up to date. I have a more than averagely equipped workshop and can find my way around a car pretty well (I have even built my own Brunton […]

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  Craig writes: Sajeev, Some time ago I purchased a 1995 (E36) BMW M3 as a project car. Mostly I have limited myself to bringing the maintenance up to date. I have a more than averagely equipped workshop and can find my way around a car pretty well (I have even built my own Brunton […]

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Review: 2012 BMW X5M http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2012-bmw-x5m/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/review-2012-bmw-x5m/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:14:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418112 If you ask a certain segment of the automotive press, it seems that BMW is rapidly losing the plot. While I agree that BMW’s latest wares are bigger, heavier and more leather-clad than ever before, I can’t say thing is a bad thing in my mind. I upset a few people when I reviewed the […]

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If you ask a certain segment of the automotive press, it seems that BMW is rapidly losing the plot. While I agree that BMW’s latest wares are bigger, heavier and more leather-clad than ever before, I can’t say thing is a bad thing in my mind. I upset a few people when I reviewed the […]

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Next-Gen M3 Kicks Up Its Heels, Cackles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/next-gen-m3-kicks-up-its-heels-cackles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/next-gen-m3-kicks-up-its-heels-cackles/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2011 18:50:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419606 With engine management technologies creating ever-more refined, well-behaved engines, the snap-crackle-pop overrun at the beginning of this video is an increasingly rare throwback to the time when men were men and engines could blow up at any second. Sure, such playfulness will probably be managed out of existence by the time the F30 M3 hits […]

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With engine management technologies creating ever-more refined, well-behaved engines, the snap-crackle-pop overrun at the beginning of this video is an increasingly rare throwback to the time when men were men and engines could blow up at any second. Sure, such playfulness will probably be managed out of existence by the time the F30 M3 hits […]

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New or Used: Common Sense or Uncommon Downsizing? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/new-or-used-common-sense-or-uncommon-downsizing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/new-or-used-common-sense-or-uncommon-downsizing/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 16:45:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411968 Dave writes: Hello Sajeev and Steve, First time writer, long time reader; I must say, TTAC and Piston Slap rocks. My wife and I are in a bit of a quandary. We currently own outright a 1997 Chevy Monte Carlo 3.1L LS with 197k miles and counting as well as a 2003 Chevy S-10 Blazer […]

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Dave writes: Hello Sajeev and Steve, First time writer, long time reader; I must say, TTAC and Piston Slap rocks. My wife and I are in a bit of a quandary. We currently own outright a 1997 Chevy Monte Carlo 3.1L LS with 197k miles and counting as well as a 2003 Chevy S-10 Blazer […]

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New or Used: The Short and Pokey Commute http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/new-or-used-the-short-and-pokey-commute/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/new-or-used-the-short-and-pokey-commute/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 09:03:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397170 Brady Writes: Dear Steve/Sajeev, I’m a 35 year old physician with wife and 2 kids, who has happily made do with a succession of automatic VW Passat wagons, first a chipped 2000 and now a 2010 I use to reverse commute out of my large metro region. We’ll be moving to the oceanfront suburb of […]

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Brady Writes: Dear Steve/Sajeev, I’m a 35 year old physician with wife and 2 kids, who has happily made do with a succession of automatic VW Passat wagons, first a chipped 2000 and now a 2010 I use to reverse commute out of my large metro region. We’ll be moving to the oceanfront suburb of […]

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Ask the Best And Brightest: Should Evolution be Fat or Skinny? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/ask-the-best-and-brightest-should-evolution-be-fat-or-skinny/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/ask-the-best-and-brightest-should-evolution-be-fat-or-skinny/#comments Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:03:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=365325 While reading the responses to a recent BMWBLOG posting by Josh Lewis, I noted that one of the posters had put together a very interesting comparison of the BMW M3 and the Porsche 911. To put it mildly, somebody’s gone Kirstie Alley while somebody else has stayed Goldie Hawn: Here’s the comparison, with the data […]

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While reading the responses to a recent BMWBLOG posting by Josh Lewis, I noted that one of the posters had put together a very interesting comparison of the BMW M3 and the Porsche 911. To put it mildly, somebody’s gone Kirstie Alley while somebody else has stayed Goldie Hawn: Here’s the comparison, with the data […]

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Review: 2011 BMW 335is http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/review-2011-bmw-335is/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/review-2011-bmw-335is/#comments Mon, 30 Aug 2010 18:47:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=364244 BMW loves America, and to prove it, BMW is sending us a North American exclusive sports coupé and convertible. No, it is not some fabulous concept car turned production, its last year’s 335i cranked up a notch with some M3 parts and an exhaust system that’s too loud to be sold in the EU tossed […]

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BMW loves America, and to prove it, BMW is sending us a North American exclusive sports coupé and convertible. No, it is not some fabulous concept car turned production, its last year’s 335i cranked up a notch with some M3 parts and an exhaust system that’s too loud to be sold in the EU tossed […]

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Review: 2010 Mercedes C63 AMG http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/review-2010-mercedes-c633-amg/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/review-2010-mercedes-c633-amg/#comments Wed, 21 Jul 2010 17:41:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361276 From the surface, the C63 looks like it has the goods to compete with the big boys in the Euro performance club. Boy racer styling? Check. Monstrous V8? Check. Ginormous tyres? Check. Manual transmission? Not so much. Also not along for the party is a coupe or convertible version of the C63. Mercedes’ decision to […]

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From the surface, the C63 looks like it has the goods to compete with the big boys in the Euro performance club. Boy racer styling? Check. Monstrous V8? Check. Ginormous tyres? Check. Manual transmission? Not so much. Also not along for the party is a coupe or convertible version of the C63. Mercedes’ decision to […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Ultimate Dying Machine Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-ultimate-dying-machine-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-ultimate-dying-machine-edition/#comments Thu, 06 May 2010 20:47:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=355620 An M3 Convertible headstone, shipped from China? Sounds like it’s about time for the Top Gear boys to rethink their “cocks only drive Audis now” trope. [The Daily Mail via Autospies]

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An M3 Convertible headstone, shipped from China? Sounds like it’s about time for the Top Gear boys to rethink their “cocks only drive Audis now” trope. [The Daily Mail via Autospies]

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