2018 BMW M3

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starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

184.5” x 56.1”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Robust turbo-four gas engine
  • Smooth inline-six power
  • Strong brakes
  • Sedan's trunk room

The bad:

  • Spring-back turn signal and transmission levers
  • Leather optional
  • Many luxury features cost extra

2 trims

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Notable features

  • LED headlights now standard
  • Sedan, Sports Wagon and Gran Turismo hatchback body styles available
  • Diesel engine available
  • Plug-in hybrid drivetrain available
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Wireless charging, Wi-Fi hot spot available

2018 BMW M3 review: Our expert's take

What it is: BMW's compact 3 Series is the luxury automaker's bread-and-butter model. It's available as a sedan, wagon or Gran Turismo hatchback and as an M3 performance sedan.

Numerous drivetrains are offered, including turbocharged gas four-cylinder engines (320i and 330i models); a turbo-diesel four-cylinder (328d); a turbo gas six-cylinder (340i); and a plug-in hybrid (330e).

The five-seat 3 Series comes with rear- or all-wheel drive (designated xDrive) and competes with the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

LED headlights are now standard, and BMW’s iDrive 6.0 multimedia system with a touchscreen is available. An available Shadow Sport Edition Package includes 18-inch black-accented wheels, a gloss-black twin-kidney grille, smoked taillights and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


One of BMWs best

BMW's, specifically M series can sometimes get a bad rep for reliability and the markup in service cost if out of warranty. This couldn't be further from the truth...I've owned two f80 M3s and these things are extremely well-engineered and other than the random crankhub issues (typically caused by loose crankbolts from the factory or bad tunes that on-ramp torque too quickly) these cars are bullet-proof. I've put over 70,000 miles on this chassis and have had ZERO headaches, zero mechanical surprises and nothing but a xxxx eating grin from ear to ear each and every time I drive one. BMW did a knockout job mechanically and cosemetically with this generation F8X M3 and they've prooven to hold-up against the test of time. With petrol engines being phased out, this car is sure to continue to hold it's value!!!


Principle BMW of San Antonio are THIEVES

I was involved in a traffic accident, on 2/23/2021. My car was towed to Principle BMW of San Antonio .I went to pick the car several days later when they told me it was ready. The car didn't drive right and all my belongings were stolen. My .45 .Kimber, my Ray Ban, prescription glasses, my laptop and briefcase and Escort radar detector are missing πŸ˜‘. The end of the story is they got paid $15,000+ and demanded a additional amount of $5000 from me. The car still as of 4/5/2022 isn't fixed and doesn't drive. AVOID PRINCIPLE BMW!!!


Wow is all I can say

If you don’t own this far you should .. it has style , class , sporty look , good for the family and it is very comfortable

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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