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I'll own this car forever
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By drandy
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1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible


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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!


Best Features

Fully power-operated soft top that has lasted for more than 15 years Driver-oriented ergonomics fit me to a "T" Heated seats and the optional wind-blocker make for great 4-season driving Drives like nothing else


Worst Features

Cup holder is useless


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Ageless
2 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By neils1
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1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible


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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).


Best Features

Trip computer, handling, acceleration, overall integrity of body and chassis. Longevity (expected)


Worst Features

Electrical system, catalytic converters, stereo, seats (small for big butts).


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My baby
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By baby
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1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible


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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!


Best Features

Handling, speed, and mpg!


Worst Features

Door panels able to replace and not so expensive to replace the top. The brake dust problem is troublesome since I have two 740 il and the 3 series I know of this problem well!


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It's a Keeper!
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By Robert
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1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible


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I am the second owner of this car. It had 35250 miles when I bought it and now 2 1/2 years later I've only put 2000 miles on it. It was special ordered with the Dakar Yellow that was only available in the M series that year. So...to me it's pretty rare. I keep it covered in the garage and rarely drive it. It always turns heads whenever I take it out. Most of the ones like this are beat. I plan on having it forever. I love this car!


Best Features

I love the color. That was the main selling point to me.


Worst Features

It is what it is...and for the time it was built I don't think they could have improved on it.


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Through the painful part
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By Bimconvert
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1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible


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Today, I love this car. Never felt like this before; she handles so tight, races at every light. That is, after $3k in repairs; had to get new body electronics module, A/C heater module, struts, balljoints, bushings, power steering hoses and still need to get aux fan and new top. Too much for the 85000 miles it has seen. In hindsight not the brightest purchase I ever made, but now that the painful part is over, this is the most fun I've ever had on four wheels. At least while driving.


Best Features

Sheer power, nimble steering, heated seats, electronics everywhere.


Worst Features

Cheaper parts please


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