2012 BMW M3  -  $65,195


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $65,195
Base Invoice: $60,305
Destination Charge: $895
Options: $4,200
Trim: 2dr Cpe
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 16 | City: 14 | Hwy: 20
Body Style: M3 Coupe
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission with additional oil cooler and heavy-duty dual-disc clutch
Engine: 4.0-liter 32-valve 414-hp V-8 engine with M Double-VANOS "steplessly" variable valve timing

Pros

Several different body styles to choose from; great handling and steering; nice, well-controlled ride; available clean-diesel engine on sedan; new track-oriented 335is model; tight retractable hardtop setup for convertible


Model Highlights

The 3-Series comes in several different body styles. With coupe, convertible, sedan and wagon variants--including diesel and high-performance M3 variants in some styles--the 3-Series includes a full range of possibilities.

Each of the body styles is offered in 328i and 335i variants, with the 328i including a 240-horsepower, 2.0L in-line 4-cylinder engine and the 335i getting a 300-hp, 3.0L turbocharged six. Both of these engines are smooth and free-revving, and they work well either with the standard 6-speed manual transmission or the available 8-speed automatic. Coupes and sedans are offered with either rear-wheel drive (328i and 335i) or all-wheel drive (328ix and 335ix). In the 335is coupe, the turbo engine makes 320 hp.

A 3-Series clean-diesel engine is only available in sedan form. The 335d sedan includes a 265-horsepower, 3.0L twin-turbo in-line 6-cylinder diesel that burns cleanly enough to be sold in all 50 states and produces an incredible 425 lb-ft of torque--bringing the performance of a V8. The 335d is only paired with a 6-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive, and returns a very impressive 23 mpg city, 36 highway.

The M3 comes with a 4.0L V8 engine capable of producing 414 horsepower and 295 lb-feet of torque. Two transmissions are available on the M3: a conventional 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual model.

Across the lineup, 3-Series models have a similar front-end appearance but are quite different in layout. Xenon adaptive headlamps are standard on 3-Series coupe models, and the coupes and convertibles get a unique taillight design with L-shaped lamps and LED illumination. Coupes and convertibles follow a 4-person layout, while sedans and wagons have a 3-person back seat. In place of the center position in coupe and convertible models, there's a larger center console along with storage bins, air vents and footwell lights.

Steering and handling remain 3-Series strengths. All the models in the lineup have near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and the suspension--with a double-pivot/strut setup in front and multi-link arrangement in back--is made mostly of aluminum and tuned for a firm but absorbent ride. Servotronic power steering gives a good feel of the road, but the available Active Steering is a step up, automatically adjusting the ratio and assistance level to make the car easier to handle in parking lots as well as on the highway. The Dynamic Stability Control system helps maintain control either near the limits on sharp corners or on slippery surfaces, and it's tuned to allow a little more slip--and driving enjoyment--than most systems. The stability control system will even function like a rear differential and help channel power to the wheels with the most traction, for improved handling. Brake Standby and Brake Drying help maintain top braking performance in the wet, and a Start-off Assistant helps smooth starts on a steep incline. In addition to a full roster of airbags, the 3-Series comes with standard front active head restraints, to help prevent whiplash injuries.

The 2012 3-Series convertible maintains its folding-hardtop arrangement, which compromises trunk space slightly but provides a weather-tight seal from the outside for year-round motoring. An Automatic Air Recirculation helps improve airflow at lower speeds, while the automatic climate control system includes three different modes, including a 'Convertible' mode designed for when the roof is open. For those planning to travel frequently at highway speeds with the top down, there's an available wind deflector, and the available leather in the convertible includes sun-reflective treatment across all surfaces and can reduce interior temperatures by up to 36 degrees.

Wagon models offer an entirely different package aimed at maximizing cargo space and versatility. Wagons are now only offered in 328i and 328ix models.

The M3 is available in coupe, sedan and convertible forms. Long lauded as one of the best performance cars available, it continues this tradition for 2012 as well. Mountains of power, precise handling and clever electronics mean anyone can drive this inexpensive supercar well. A Competition Package includes upgraded 19" wheels, lowered ride height and tuned electronic dampers and stability control to subtly improve what is already one of the best driver's cars out there.

As in the past, the iDrive controller can be pressed, twisted, or tilted to make menu selections, and it's now flanked by buttons that access common functions such as telephone or navigation quickly. Programmable memory keys will automatically bring up frequently used functions to access easily. Menu structures in the new iDrive system are new, with a better visual stacking of the menu structure on screen and symbols. Voice Command allows voice input.

Within each variation of body style, engine, and drive system, the 3-Series models come in a single trim, with a pretty lengthy list of standard features. Rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors and washer jets, keyless entry, an onboard computer, dynamic cruise control, automatic climate control, and a sound system with HD radio are included as standard. Available as part of a Cold Weather Package is a heated steering wheel and a number of other options and packages bring items like upgraded Dakota leather upholstery, a moonroof, a navigation system, a rear sunshade, smartphone integration, or an iPod adapter, as well as Harman Kardon surround sound.

An M Sport Package is also offered on the 3-Series, bringing some of the appearance cues of the high-performance M3 to the 328i or 335i. It includes performance tires on 18-inch wheels, plus sport seats, aerodynamic extras, upgraded trim, and a higher top speed.

On the M3, a Premium Package includes power-folding mirrors, BMW Assist and Bluetooth, while a Technology package includes keyless entry, a navigation system with voice command and electronic damping control.


Model News

For 2012, the BMW 3-series gets a redesigned sedan model, while the coupe, convertible and wagon return with few changes. An automatic transmission is now a no-cost option across the line and the M-sport package is now cheaper. All-wheel-drive versions have now been fitted with 17-inch wheels with all-season tires as standard equipment.

The sedan has been given new headlights and a new grille, which give it a much more aggressive look than the outgoing model. Inside, a new steering wheel and revised center stack layout sets the new model apart from what was available in 2011.

The 328i has been given a new base engine for 2012. Last year's 230-horsepower 3.0L inline six has been replaced by a 240-horsepower 2.0L turbo inline 4-cylinder. The 335i continues to be available with the 300-horsepower 3.0L turbo inline 6-cylinder, and while a 6-speed manual is standard, an 8-speed automatic is now available. Other newly available options include hands-free parallel parking, which uses sensors to park the car automatically, and a surround-view monitor, which gives the driver a view of the vehicle from above, aiding in parking.


Value Writeup

The BMW 3-Series is offered in more body styles than any other vehicle in its class, and with coupe, sedan, wagon or convertible variants, every buyer will be able to pick the one that fits them best. Across any of these models, the 3-Series has a refined, sophisticated feel combined with excellent steering and handling and smooth, responsive powertrains. Particularly of note are the 335is coupe, which combines the 300-hp turbocharged six and DCT transmission for the first time, and the 335d sedan, which can accelerate about as quickly and also returns a stunning 36 mpg highway. At the top of the range is the renowned M3, available in coupe, sedan and convertible form. A performance legend, the M3 represents one of the best performance values on the market today.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6

EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
20 MPG

Cruising Range - City
232.40 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
14 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
16 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
332.00 mi

Engine Type
Gas V8

Displacement
4.0/244

Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
414 @ 8300

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
295 @ 3900

Trans Order Code
2MK

Trans Type
7

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.78

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.93

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.68

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.20

Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.45

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.15

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180

Total Cooling System Capacity
11.4 qts

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Passenger Capacity
4

Passenger Volume
88.0 ft³

Front Head Room
38.4 in

Front Leg Room
41.8 in

Front Shoulder Room
57.4 in

Second Head Room
36.8 in

Second Leg Room
33.7 in

Second Shoulder Room
55.2 in

Wheelbase
108.7 in

Length, Overall
181.8 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
71.5 in

Height, Overall
55.6 in

Track Width, Front
60.5 in

Track Width, Rear
60.5 in

Trunk Volume
11.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3704 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size
P245/40ZR18

Rear Tire Size
P265/40ZR18

Front Wheel Size
18 x 8.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x 9.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
12.5

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
38.4 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
14.2 x 1.2 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.8 x 0.9 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
16.6 gal

Basic Years
4

Basic Miles/km
50,000

Drivetrain Years
4

Drivetrain Miles/km
50,000

Corrosion Years
12

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
4

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Note
Assist Safety Plan

Maintenance Years
4

Maintenance Miles/km
50,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V071000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 05, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
840,000

Summary
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles and 1 Series M coupes, 2006-2011 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive Sedans, 2009-2011 335d sedans, 2006-2012 325xiT, 328i and 328xi sports wagons, 2007-2013 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive, 335is and M3 Coupes and Convertibles, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SAVs, 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i SAVs, 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M SAVs, 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d SAVs, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SACs, 2010-2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i SACs and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module or inflator depending on the vehicle model, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning March 31, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

6-speed manual transmission with additional oil cooler and heavy-duty dual-disc clutch

4.0-liter 32-valve 414-hp V-8 engine with M Double-VANOS "steplessly" variable valve timing

8 individual throttles, electronically controlled (drive-by-wire)

Distributorless electronic ignition system

Digital Motor Electronics (DME) with on-board diagnostics

Engine start/stop button

Oil coolant heat exchanger

Distributorless electronic ignition system

3-way catalytic converter with heated oxygen sensor

Rear wheel drive

Oil coolant heat exchanger

M suspension with twin-joint spring-strut front axle, subframe, front axle tie-rod and stiffening plate in aluminum, rear axle subframe in steel, track control arm and spring strut in aluminum and lightweight steel construction

Gas-pressurized front struts and rear shock absorbers

Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering (M Servotronic)

4-wheel BMW M vacuum-assisted ventilated, cross-drilled compound disc brakes with floating brake rotors

M quad polished stainless steel exhaust tips

Double Spoke (Style 219M) Bright Silver finish M light alloy wheels, 18 x 8.5 front, 18 x 9.5 rear -inc: 245/40 front and 265/40 rear performance tires

Aluminum hood with powerdome

Flat-paneled underbody

Carbon-fiber roof (not available with moonroof, which requires a steel roof)

Bumper system with aluminum impact absorbers at the front, steel impact absorbers at the rear, and front-compressible elements

Front and rear spoiler (M3 Convertible does not have a rear spoiler)

Flared front and rear fenders including wheel arches, vent gills in front fenders with integrated indicator and M3 logo

M rear apron with diffuser

Shadowline trim

Xenon Adaptive low- and high-beam headlights with auto-leveling and Cornering Lights function

Adaptive light control

White turn-signal indicators

Adaptive brakelights

Heated side-view mirrors, windshield washer jets and door locks

M exterior side-view mirrors in body color with double bridge in black

Automatic tilt-down of passenger's side-view mirror when vehicle is shifted into reverse gear

Rain-sensing windshield wipers with Automatic headlight control

AM/FM stereo/CD audio system with Radio Data System (RDS), Auto-Store, MP3 capability and 3-channel FM diversity antenna system

Hi-fi sound system

HD Radio with "multicast" FM station reception

iPod and USB adapter

Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling (with Bluetooth compatible mobile phone, if so equipped), phonebook downloading and speech recognition capabilities (please visit your authorized BMW center for details on standard and optional services)

Anthracite and black cloth/leather upholstery

Manually-adjustable front M sport seats including manually adjustable thigh support, power-adjustable backrest side bolsters and 4-way power lumbar support

Adjustable seat width/lumbar

Split fold-down rear seats (M3 Convertible fold-down rear seats include two convenience hooks)

Folding rear-seat headrests

Adjustable front armrest

Door sills with BMW M3 logo

Floor mats

3-spoke, leather-wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel with controls for audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth wireless communication for hands-free mobile phone; M color stitching and tilt/telescopic adjustment

M-design instrument cluster with titanium-finish-ringed instrument dials and red needles

Service Interval Indicator with miles-to-service display

Check Control vehicle monitoring system

Tachometer with variable warning zones and oil temperature display

On-board computer with detailed vehicle information, including travel range on remaining fuel, external temperature (including freezing temperature warning)

Multi-function remote control

Cruise control with column-mounted stalk

Power front/rear windows with "one-touch" up/down operation (in M3 Coupe, rear windows are stationary and do not include up/down operation)

Electric interior trunk release

Central locking system (leaves gas filler door unlocked) and double-lock feature

Keyless entry -inc: remote trunk release

Vehicle & key memory

Coded Driveaway Protection (prevents engine start when your key, with constantly changing electronic code, is not used)

Anti-theft alarm system with keyhead remote operation and interior motion detector

M Drive

Automatic climate control includes micro-filter, automatic air recirculation, left/right temperature control, temperature- and volume-controlled rear outlets, windshield misting sensor, MAX A/C, heat at rest, and recall of individual user settings

Rear window defogger

Console valet and cupholders

Auxiliary pwr outlet

Smoker's pkg -inc: cigarette lighter, ash tray

Titanium Shadow interior trim

Automatic-dimming inside rear-view mirror

Anthracite headliner

BMW ambiance lighting front and rear

Courtesy lights include fade in/fade out, actuation from remote, automatic switch-on when engine is turned off, separately controlled left/right front and rear reading lights, front footwell lighting, and illuminated vanity mirrors

Front seatback storage nets

Fully finished trunk

High-performance-tuned anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Dynamic Brake Control

All season traction with variable M differential lock

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with M Dynamic Mode (MDM)

Interlocking door anchoring system to help protect against door intrusion in side impacts

Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment

Front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags

Head Protection System (HPS), front and rear

Crash sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors, and turns on hazard and interior lights

BMW Assist w/enhanced BT & USB

BMW Ultimate Service (for complete details on BMW Ultimate Service, visit bmwusa.com/ultimateservice)

BMW Assist Safety Plan includes four years of Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Request, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Door Unlock, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Customer Relations, TeleService; Mobile Office features; MyInfo lets you send business locations and street addresses directly to your BMW and Navigation system (for complete details, visit bmwassist.com)

M Mobility System (includes lifetime BMW Roadside Assistance for tire assistance)

BMW's Advanced Safety System for integrated deployment of passive and active safety features

Automatic safety-belt assistant

Automatic front safety-belt pretensioners

Child-seat automatic safety-belt locking device in rear seats

Tire Pressure Monitor

Emergency trunk release

 
GAS GUZZLER TAX
$1,300

 
7-SPEED M DOUBLE CLUTCH TRANSMISSION
$2,900

 
ALPINE WHITE
$0

 
JET BLACK
$0

 
LE MANS BLUE METALLIC
$550

 
SILVERSTONE METALLIC
$550

 
INTERLAGOS BLUE METALLIC
$550

 
SPACE GRAY METALLIC
$550

 
JEREZ BLACK METALLIC
$550

 
MELBOURNE RED METALLIC
$550

 
MINERAL WHITE METALLIC
$550

 
FROZEN SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
ANTHRACITE/BLACK, CLOTH & LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
SILVER, NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$950

 
FOX RED, NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$950

 
BAMBOO BEIGE, NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$950

 
BLACK, NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$950

 
PALLADIUM SILVER/BLACK, NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$950

 
FOX RED/BLACK, NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$950

 
SILVER, EXTENDED NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$2,000

 
FOX RED, EXTENDED NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$2,000

 
BEIGE, EXTENDED NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$2,000

 
BLACK, EXTENDED NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$2,000

 
FROZEN SILVER, EXTENDED NOVILLO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
TRAINING FEE
$0

 
COMPETITION PKG
$2,500

 
COLD WEATHER PKG
$750

 
PREMIUM PKG
$4,350

 
FROZEN SILVER EDITION
$9,535

 
DYNAMIC DAMPER CONTROL
$1,000

 
19" X 8.5" FRONT & 19" X 9.5" REAR DOUBLE-SPOKE LIGHT ALLOY WHEELS (STYLE 220M)
$1,200

 
MOONROOF
$0

 
REAR SPOILER DELETE
$0

 
AUTO HIGH BEAMS
$250

 
SATELLITE RADIO
$350

 
ENHANCED PREMIUM SOUND
$1,900

 
BMW APPS
$250

 
HEATED FRONT SEATS
$500

 
COMFORT ACCESS KEYLESS ENTRY
$500

 
NAVIGATION SYSTEM
$1,350

 
BLUE-GRAY BRUSHED ALUMINUM TRIM
$500

 
CARBON LEATHER INTERIOR TRIM
$500

 
SYCAMORE ANTHRACITE WOOD TRIM
$500

 
REAR PWR SUNSHADE
$350

 
REAR PARK DISTANCE CONTROL
$380


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