Always look forward to driving to and from work because of this vehicle. Great balance and tossability along with good power, brakes and fuel economy. A little pricey to service and may not have the reliabilty of a Honda. Makes me feel young again.
Steering, suspension and handling, smooth as silk engine, great mid range torque, strong brakes, good fuel economy
Larger seats, lumbar controls on seats, better radio and speakers.
I bought this car new 7 1/2 years ago, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The handling is very neutral, and spirited driving is always fun--never "scary." I've never had any major issues with this car. Onramps are great fun, and I get about 28 mpg on the highway. 18 mpg City. It has started every morning and has never left me stranded. I have replaced the battery, the front brakes (rotors and pads), an AC module, and the water pump (as a precaution). While I have left it completely stock, this is a great platform for suspension upgrades and engine mods (CAI, Exhaust, Chip, etc.). I would definitely buy this car again.
Confidence-inspiring handling: I just don't think you can get "out of shape" on a dry road! Build quality is excellent. Sports package improves performance w/o compromising comfort. 500-miles trips are no problem. Accepts modifications very well: it's a "blank palette" for tuners.
Well, BMW has updated this platform twice (e46 and e90), but have they "improved" it? The '06 E90 is bigger and 400 pounds heavier and the styling is, at best, controversial. BUT, if I had to pick something, it would be touch more power. Also the OEM Conti's weren't that great.
Bought this car knowing I would be
driving a ton. Also, a bit of a
rebound from previous marriage. It is
an investment that has paid great
dividends to my state of mind. No
offense to my counselor - but for the
same price, this vehicle offers similar
solace :-) Bought with 99k,Trouble
free to 107k in two months. I am
concerned with a sluggish passenger
window - auto up feature is sometimes
sporadic - also passenger power lock
has quit. I am sure it is a
quick fix though. And smaller a price
for sure than the 95 Audi 90 I owned
this time last year. I am betting the
Bimmer will not disappoint as much as
that money pit! Long story short BMW
Sliding into 2nd gear and goosing it to
60mph while merging at on ramps. Heated
seats, Power everything, Powerful and
smooth I-6. GREAT 5 speed tranny.
Style points - design that defies age .
Window and lock electrics. Lower
profile tires - I guess I could get a
newer one. Stock stereo lacks much in
balance and depth of sound. Engine
takes 7 quarts of oil! Full synthetic
will run $50 + even for the do it your
selfer. But if that is the secret to
the engine runnin forever
The 318is does not have the power of
other BMW's, but it has the handling,
braking, looks, and feel all BMW's
have. I bought it used because the
price was good and the miles were low
(46,000). At first, I was concerned
that maintenance would be high as it
typically is for BMW's. However, I
use an independent mechanic who has
serviced my cars for 13 years, and
this car has been a dream. The small
engine, manual trans and good handling
are a great combination for a new teen
driver while also providing some style
and "cool". What I didn't expect was
how much fun it would be or that my
wife and I would fight with our teen
over who gets to drive it.
Handling, brakes, comfort, low cost to
operate and maintain, reliable drive
Trim doesn't hold up as well as it
does on some other cars.