This car has been an unmitigated
disaster from the time we got it with
only 20,000 miles. Although it drives
very well, and has a comfortable and
solid feel for a smaller car, we have
sunk thousands into it for repairs
large and larger. The worst was a blown
head gasket at 45,000 miles!
Unbelievable. Numerous motors and
switches have gone out, from the window
controllers to wheel bearings...stuff
you'd never expect from a car with so
few miles, and a BMW to boot.
smooth, tight ride. good mileage,
decent power (except in elevations).
Heat, A/c very powerful, as are
we strongly feel BMW should issue a
recall for head gaskets on the 1.8
liter engine. We heard from the
mechanic and other owners that blown
head gaskets are quite common for this