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).
by whippersnapped on Jun 19, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan
This is the first car I have ever owned, although I have driven many others. In my opinion, this is as close to a perfect car as there is (which is why I bought it. A logical progression, really). I got an excellent example of the model for 4 grand, and have since put less than a thousand into it over 8,000 miles. It is just bulletproof. I have never pushed the revs to the red because the car simply doesn't need it to do whatever you need. The interior is comfortable but you can tell it was a secondary concern after performance. The car has it where it counts, and that is what matters to me.
by Ken on Nov 16, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 4dr Sedan
Well, I purchased this 1997 328i in 1999 as a dealer leftover that had been sitting on the lot for a very long time. I got a heck of a deal on it. I have driven it on and off for the past 11 years and when I'm not using the car, it's garaged. The black paint shines like the day I got it. The interior shows almost no signs of wear aside from the drivers floor mat. No cracking of the leather, etc. I have had NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS whatsoever with the car in the 70,000 miles I've owned it. Aside from regular scheduled maintenance, I've replaced the brake pads and tires once and that's it. This car has proven to be the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. I will never sell this car.
by baby on Nov 23, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible
I purchased this car with 60K on it whom ever owned it prior to myself didn't take as good of care as I do. If it rains it stays in the garage. I need a new top and the driver's door panel, but with danian suspension and cold air induction this car makes 31.6mpg it is a standard shift and I cannot say enough about it. Needs a new top and secondary air cooler but still an awesome baby handles great and turns heads. It has a spoiler on the rear black with black top tan interior. I have worked hard on the paint and it looks very good these days. I am in love!
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