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Man buys BMW M3 formerly thrashed on Top Gear, problems arise

December 11, 2015

A British man has purchased a BMW M3 only to discover the car was previously driven by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, trashed to the point where it is now riddled with problems.

2015 BMW M3-Top Gear track

27-year old Rob Willis purchased the F80 M3 sedan (pictured) for just over AU$100,000 from a dealership in Kent as an “ex-demo”, but soon noticed problems with the steering and brakes.

As fate would have it, Mr Willis was watching an episode of Top Gear with his fiancé, who pointed out that the M3 being thrashed on screen had identical number plates as his recently-purchased machine.

Jeremy Clarkson, if you haven’t tuned into Top Gear before, likes to really show off the potential in cars tested, so it is tragically unsurprising the M3 in question had some faults.

Mr Willis soon returned to the dealership that sold him the damaged car, where he received a replacement 330d, as well as some undisclosed ‘freebies’. In the end however he didn’t seem too happy with the dealership. “It’s outrageous, I have an eight-year-old daughter and three young nephews whose lives have been risked,” he said in a recent Sun report.

BMW M3-Top Gear

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.

  • Smart US

    disgraceful dealer. one would think BMW can last a bit longer than an episode