by drandy on Jan 2, 2014 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible
I bought my 328 convertible in '99 with 11k miles, loved it for 10 years, sold it to a needy college kid for two years, and bought it back 18 months ago.
With 125k miles on it, the car is still a delight to drive.
Soft top is still in good shape, mechanicals are still rock solid, drive is a delight.
I use a local German car specialty shop that is much less expensive than a dealership, so brakes, hoses, etc., aren't as expensive as they might be. With classic good looks and wonderful driving behavior, this car typifies, "the Ultimate Driving Machine" - I'm a BMW-owner for life.
If you need to choose between a newer non-beemer or an older beemer, go with the beemer.
You won't regret it!
by merc272 on Feb 4, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series 328is 2dr Coupe
The one word that pops to mind when i think of this car is "timeless". Its like a well maintained Italian suit, aged with beauty, but always stylish. The throttle response is a little iffy because the pedal seems to have a lengthy discussion with the engine and drive train before kicking me back in the seat.
(that's what you get when you let the french design a transmission)
never the less I'm never afraid to push it just a little bit more, and hit a blistering speed of 115mph on the highway before backing off the throttle. I was floored, grinning ear to ear like a little kid who had just gotten his first 22. rifle for Christmas. This is truly what a proper sports car should be.
by neils1 on Oct 2, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible
Though now nearly 15y ears old,it has features that most new cars still don't have.
Handling is very good, takes corners at 30 mph though not recommeneded for safety reasons.
0-60 in under 7 seconds, still good by even today's standards, very good in the late 90s.
Steering is well balanced, not heavy oe too light.
My 04 Infinity feels like a tank in comparison sterring wise.
Car feels very solid, though it moves athletically.
Everything is expensive to repair, but the engine itself is very solid-no oil leaks, shakes, overheating, stalling in the 3 years I have had it (purchased at 100k miles).
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