Hi folks, I know this topic has been beaten to death all over the internet and mainly by folks who have never driven an M3 or IS-F or just believe the M3 is far superior. I was hoping the M3 was as far superior as all these Fourms say it is but I am sorry, it is not. Firstly let me start by saying we bought my wife a 650I in October and I have been really impressed with it. After driving the 650i I found myself wanting to check out the M3. I have been a regular poster here and thought I would give the car a try and see for myself if I wanted to pull the trigger and trade my ISF in and buy one so this past weekend my wife and I went to our regular dealer and inspected and drove a 2011 M3 coupe.
I will go over the big issues.
1. The luxury is non-existent in the M3. Steering wheel adjustment is manual, no back up camera standard, sparse dash etc.
2. The new DCT is horrible for driving daily, you never feel connected with the car.
3. They are all over the place in the DFW area.
4. Its quiet even in M mode. I mean REAL quiet!!
5. I am so sorry to say this but it was boring and after driving it I was so let down.
Well you can probably surmise I kept my ISF. Maybe I need to look at an M5 or M6 as the M3 isnt even close to the quality of the 650I let alone the ISF.
The ISF is luxury, has a quality build and layout inside, makes all the right noises, is bulletproof, and is rare. There are a lot more points to make but really, it will come down to your preferences. Both cars are nice, I was depressed the M3 was so far off the mark for me but I am sure its just me.
This post is only my opinion and written to help the others who stublme upon the choices and want a real answer, not THE BMW IS IT PERIOD. I am sure the beemer guys will want to castrate me but I am as depressed to write this as the BMW guys will be to read it. The F is just that much better. BTW, I also drive it at the track and the M3 is not the only drivers car out there, the IS-F handles it quite well