Have owned my 325I sedan since it had
25,000 miles. Until this car
hit 100,000 miles it was great both in
terms of reliability and cost of
upkeep. When we reached 100,000
however, that all changed.
This thing is in the shop every month
for something or another now: 2 fuel
pumps, water pump, brakes at $500 per
change, 4 sets of tires, o2 sensors,
front struts, rear shocks, and tonight -
just two days after the fuel pump
repair - the "check engine" light comes
on. In 2003 I spent $375.00 per month
in just the repair costs of keeping
this thing on the road. In 2004 that
cost has reached $575.00 per month
Handles the road as smoothly and
confidently as any car I have ever
driven. It is remarkably fun and the
engine woudl last forever I believe.
Repair costs are astronomical -
everything costs at least $500. No
trunk room is a drag.
This was the best car I've ever driven
and the worst investment I ever made.
I had a love/hate relationship with
this car because I loved the way it
drove and hated the constant money I
spent on repairs. And the
repairs were weird stuff that I've
never had happen on any car I've owned
before: Brake calipers; ignition
switch; door locks; window motor;
auxiliary (electric) fan; etc... The
list goes on and on, and everything
seemed to cost about $500.00 to repair -
not cheap. At the same time, I got
the feeling that the engine, 5-speed
tranny, & most normal wear and tear
items would have lasted forever. It
was well designed & a blast to drive,
The drivetrain w/ 5-speed is
exceptionally smooth. Handling is
well balanced & the steering feel is
the best you could get from any
car. Brakes are very good. The car
lives for 80-90MPH cruising at 3500 RPM
and is silky smooth at speed. Interior
is handsome and very well designed.
Armrests built into the doors are
hard and could use some padding.
Gloveboxes tend to close too loosely.
On-board trip computer can sometimes
act a little weird, and the seats are a
little narrow (and I'm skinny!).
Mostly though, oddball problems just
happen too often & cost $$$.
I bought this car in 1995 and have kept
it (so far) for 9 years. I have had NO
problems with this car and have kept up
the requiered maintenance, tune-ups,
etc. It has been a great car to own and
has had nothing out of the ordinary
(based on mileage) go wrong or need
repair. It is VERY comfortable to
drive (I have a bad back so comfortable
seats are very important to me). It
drives like a dream and has always been
so fun to drive - nothing drives quite
like a beemer! I would recommmend this
car and BMW's in general to anyone -
they are great and mine has required
very little maintenance over the years.
I love my little red driving machine!
Seats for comfort, heated seats,
handling/steering, turning radious
This is an incredibly fun car to drive
and has had practically no mechanical
problems in the 6 years I've owned it.
Tight handling, good gas mileage and
sportier than many others in it's
class. Rear-wheel drive has never been
a problem in the snow-belt due to the
All-Season-Traction and investing in
Blizzak snow tires in the winter. The
dash board "oil change light" are great
and on average I've only needed an oil
change every 10,000 miles! Over all,
it's been my favorite car I've owned!
On board computer with estimated time
of arrival feature, the leg extensions
on the sport package seats, the
reliability, and the way it drives!
seats seem stiffer than other cars in
it's class, but that just adds to the
race car feel. Folding back seat would
be nice feature.
I have owned this car for 4 years and
it has been very reliable. 4 seats in
this convertible makes this guilty
pleasure convenient too. I have the
sport option which offers 16" wheels,
lower/stiffer suspension and power
sport seats. 5 speed transmission is
extremely smooth. Great car!
Semi-automatic convertible top.
Eye-catcher (so the wife says.)
Reliable BMW engineering.
I wish you could fit another seat space
in the rear to accomodate 3 instead of
just 2. The convertible doesn't allow