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2012 (62) BMW M3M3 2dr DCT

Harry Fairbairn MINI (Kirkcaldy)
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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Brake pad wear indicator warning lightCheck control system
ClockCruise control
Electric Power steering with ServotronicLights on warning
M drive manager for individual set upNavigation System Professional Multimedia
On board computerOutside temperature gauge
Service interval indicatorStop/start button
Tyre puncture warning systemVoice control system


Auxiliary point for auxiliary devicesBMW professional radio/CD/MP3
USB/audio interface 

Exterior Features

Adjustable intermittent wipersAnti dazzle rear view mirror
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Body colour electric adjust heated aspherical door mirrorsChrome kidney grille with black vertical slats
Chrome-plated exhaust tailpipesDay running lights
Door mirror memoryDynamic brake lights
Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinchFollow me home headlights
Green tinted heat insulating glassHeadlight washers
Heated rear window with automatic switch offHeated windscreen washer jets
M aerodynamic bodystylingM side gills with M3 logo
M style exterior mirrorsRain sensor + automatic driving lights control
Shark fin roof aerialWindscreen shadeband
Xenon headlights 

Interior Features

2 cupholders in front centre console3 spoke multi-function leather steering wheel
4 boot load lashing points60/40 split folding rear seat
Active carbon filterAdjustable lumbar support
Air microfilterAutomatic air con with anti-fogging sensor
Door sill finishers with illuminated M designationDriver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors + covers
Exit lights in doorsFolding storage compartment in door trim panels
Folding storage compartment with glasses holder + coin trayFootwell illumination
Front and rear map reading lightsFront centre armrest with storage compartment
Front isofix attachment + airbag deactivationFront seat backrest storage nets
Front seats back width adjustmentHeight adjustable rear head restraints
Individual anthracite headliningInterior door handle illumination
Isofix on 2nd row outer seatsLockable/illuminated glovebox
Luggage compartment lightingM sports front seats, electric adjust + drivers memory function
Rake/reach adjustable steering wheelRear grab handles with coathooks
Rear seat easy accessStorage compartment with cover in rear centre console
Through load systemTilt/height adjustable front head restraints
Toolkit located in luggage compartmentVelour floormats


ABS/EBDActive pedestrian safety system
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsDSC+
Dynamic brake controlFront and rear head airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limitersHill start assist
Motor Slip Regulation - Engine Drag Torque ControlOccupancy sensor for passenger seat
Side airbagsWarning triangle and first aid kit


Electronic immobiliserLocking fuel filler cap
Remote central lockingThatcham cat 1 remote alarm


M mobility system (flat-tyre repair system)
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.179CO2 (g/km)263
HC0.061Noise Level dB(A)74
NOx0.039Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC3999Compression Ratio12.0:1
Cylinder LayoutV8Cylinders8
Cylinders - Bore (mm)92Cylinders - Stroke (mm)75.2
Engine CodeS65B40Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTH
Number of Valves32TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)25.2EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)33.2EC Urban (mpg)17.8


Badge Engine CC4.0Badge Power420
Coin SeriesM3Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0743A
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Service Interval Frequency - Months24Service Interval Mileage30000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 


0 to 62 mph (secs)4.6Engine Power - BHP420
Engine Power - KW309Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM8300Engine Torque - LBS.FT295
Engine Torque - MKG41Engine Torque - NM400
Engine Torque - RPM3900Top Speed155


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front245/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear265/40 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleM DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 260Wheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions


Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)63Gross Vehicle Weight2080
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)430Max. Loading Weight480
Max. Roof Load75Minimum Kerbweight1600
No. of Seats4Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.7
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving


By Steve Walker


There's a special aura that surrounds the BMW M3, one that's replicated by precious few other cars. It's composed of ethereal stuff like the knowledge of the other great models that have carried the badge, the passion of the engineers who created them and the embarrassment in the supercars they've out-classed on race circuits around the globe. In fairness, and certainly by the time this V8-engined E90 series model arrived in 2007, the M3 probably was a supercar. It's just that this is a supercar with real everyday practicality and running costs that make used models accessible to the masses. With the realisation that you could quite conceivably own one, the M3 aura grows.


The E30, E36 and E46 generations of BMW's 3 Series executive car all spawned M3 versions and from the moment the E90 generation car arrived in 2005, speculation was rife as to the details of the inevitable M3. The size of the 3 Series had increased steadily through the generations and so had the power deemed necessary to give the M3 versions a suitably devastating punch. Kicking off with 200bhp in the weediest iteration of the E30 M3 and reaching 360bhp in the ultimate CSL version of the E46 model, M3 outputs had risen fast facilitated by the switch from four to six-cylinder engines for the E36 generation. The thinking was that for the E90 version to continue the M3's upward horsepower trajectory, it was going to need a V8. When the E92 M3 Coupe made its debut in 2007, the hotly anticipated V8 engine was installed and pumping out 420bhp. That car was followed early in 2008 by a saloon version (E90) and there was a convertible (E93) hot on its heels, one with a folding hard-top roof no less. All used the same powerplant. The range was expanded in mid 2010 by the launch of the M3 Coupe Edition which offered a 10mm lower ride height plus a series of styling accessories and equipment upgrades. It was the M3 GTS that really set pulses racing though. This was a specialist track-focused model with power upped to 450bhp, the dual-clutch paddle-shift gearbox as standard, extensive use of carbonfibre in the bodywork, no rear seats and numerous other weight saving measures. The price, at over £100,000, was almost more of an eye-opener than the performance.

What You Get

The M3 is packed with intriguing design features but the most important one for many is that it looks the part. There was barely a dissenting word uttered after its unveiling and most observers judged that BMW had got it spot on, providing a canny balance between sophistication and testosterone-fuelled aggression. The blistered wheel arches house 18-inch rims as standard, although many owners upgraded to 19-inch rims. The front bumper is punctuated by a gaping honeycomb centre grille, flanked on either side by intakes that help cool the engine bay and front brakes. A power dome on the bonnet hints at what lies beneath. Move around the car and there are intricately formed side sills, while at the back, there's ventilation to draw hot air away from the differential. Four chrome-tipped exhaust pipes leave others in no doubt as to what's just blown by. Weight crept up slightly compared to its predecessor but a 77bhp increase in power more than made up for this. The fact that the power output is identical to the Audi RS4 of the same era is significant as BMW was keen to demonstrate that it makes better use of its available horsepower than the upstarts up the road in Ingolstadt. Whether you choose two or four-door versions, six airbags are standard, along with leather trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, a full-colour DVD-based sat-nav system, electric seats and mirrors, plus rear parking sensors and automatic air-conditioning. Claims that this is a usable everyday car aren't off the mark with high levels of comfort in the cabin and decent rear legroom in the saloon version.

What to Look For

Very few people will buy an M3 and treat it with kid gloves. It's a car that demands to be driven hard but it's designed to cope with such treatment. Track use will take its toll on brakes, tyres, clutches and gearboxes, so pay particular attention to these areas when inspecting the car. Also look out for accident damage and for kerbing of those alloy wheels, particularly the optional 19" items. A BMW service history is a must.

Replacement Parts

(based on a 2007 M3 Coupe) Brake discs kick off at over £200 for a front one with the rears only around £30 less than that. These prices are indicative of what you'll pay for other components (quite a lot) but then this is a highly specialist car.

On the Road

The V8 engine plumbed beneath the bulging bonnet of the M3 had a lot of commentators a little worried at first. The balance of the six-cylinder E46 model was so exquisite that the prospect of a big four-litre 'bent-eight' shoehorned into the svelte 3 Series shell smacked of an almost Mercedes-like obsession for power at any cost. Seems we needn't have worried. BMW was quick to point out that the weight of the V8 is, at 202kg, a full 15kg lighter than the old 'six'. The aural signature from this engine is like no other road car powerplant. The cause is the induction system which features an oscillating tube fed by eight lightweight intake funnels. Add a fruity exhaust blare and you have a car that will swivel heads from a long way out. BMW quoted a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds and an electronically limited top end of 155mph although it is said to nudge 180mph with the software nanny unshackled. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a seven-speed SMG sequential box available as an option. With a stiffer body, carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof and an even more aggressive version of the legendary M-diff hydraulic centre differential, the M3 isn't just all about that astonishing engine.


There haven't been many duffers in the M3 family and the V8-engined E90 cars weren't about to fall short of the mark. The first V8 M3 could easily have got the mix wrong but the end result is a masterpiece combination of extraordinary pace, balance and usability. It's a formidable car and resisting the lure of a used model is a challenge for any keen driver.


** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Hire purchase

Monthly payment£483.32
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£22,998
Credit amount£19,548
Completion fee£1
Total amount payable£26,650.36
Representative APR9%

Harry Fairbairn MINI (Kirkcaldy)

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