The BMW M3/M4 is a sports sedan and as such it is lower than a typical sedan from the segment. Compared to a 3 series or any other typical daily driver you see on the roads, it will be a bit lower. However, with that said I don't think it's as low as some make it out to be. For me, I just get used to it and drive differently
I don't have the carbon fiber front lip installed so my bumper is going to have a higher clearance from the ground. I have never scraped the bottom of my car from bumps or from other road obstacles. For most bumps out on the road, the M3 should be able to clear the bumps no problem. I just tend to go slowly over the bumps at maybe 5-10mph and I have never had an issue. Most of the bumps are in parking lots anyways. Even entering and exiting a plaza or driveway I have not had a problem so far. Sometimes some extra speed will cause the car to hit the road but I haven't done that personally. Setting the suspension to sport + will stiffen the dampers thus causing less up and down movement but I don't know if it's going to help much if the car is going faster than it should be going across bumps. Potholes have been no issue so far. I know I've been over a few. They're just unavoidable even to the best of my ability. Sometimes there's just cars all around me and I simply cannot out maneuver it.
The M3 will not clear and I repeat it will not clear parking stops! This was my biggest issue before getting the car. I was pretty worried about scraping the bumper against the curb or parking stop. Even with the side cameras, it is still had to gauge how far my car is from the edge of the parking stop. What I do is to physically look and see if I am too close, even if that means getting out of my car and going over to look. I would rather be safe than sorry. The bumper is a couple of thousands of dollars, which I would much gladly spend on other things. A nice set of tires would be nice. I will talk about that in another blog post. Anyways, I digress. So, for me when I drive the M3 I always just park graciously away from the parking stops. I just get used to the fact that the car is lower and isn't like an SUV where you don't have to worry about such issues.
The M3 is not super low in my opinion. It's low for what it is, a sedan, but compared to supercars and exotics, it is quite high. The M3 should be able to clear most obstacles in normal everyday driving. There's really no worry, except taking a curb too fast. Porsches, Lambos and Ferraris are insanely close to the road. The M3 is not at all like that. It's quite forgiving in that sense. I don't think most people should have issues with the front bumper but yet again I do hear stories quite often. I'm not sure what the issue is, but yet again what do I know?
Safe driving and have fun out there!
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