I've now had this convertible BMW for 5 years and it's been a highlight of my driving days. I bought it used and still under warranty, which came in handy when the convertible straps needed replacing. I understand that happens at about 30K miles. If I had not grown up with two mechanic brothers working on Detroit vehicles, I would have had a chance to drive a BMW sooner. There is a reason why it's the Ultimate Driving Machine. Some folks may not like the fact that the control panel tells you when to do what, but it's a great help for me.
Much better gas mileage than expected. Superb handling on curves. Convertibles rule! Just a sexy looking car.
Sure a convertible doesn't muffle road noise as well, but you know if you were meant to have one. We've got two!
I have always loved BMWs. This one is not any less of a BMW. It has good handling and good torque in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear. I wish it had a sixth gear. This car has a very tight gear ratio so in the 5th gear at 80 mph the engine is begging for another gear. Too bad! The glove compartment is really poor, though. Everything you place inside, it keeps rolling out. I love the E30 glove box much more. I hate the vinyl interior. BMW is probably one of the only luxury car manufacturers that still makes vinyl seats. In the summer months it's an oven in there. One common problem with this car that cannot be fixed is the climate control. Overall it's a good car.
Handling. Fun to drive.
Too late for that, but: the glove compartment doesn't hold anything. The initial pick up is very sluggish, but hey it's a four cylinder. The climate control turns on when you start the car even if you turned it off before stopping the engine and removing your keys. I hate vinyl, it gets hot.
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 because i thought bmw's were nice cars, mine on the other hand is a nightmare. i have spent over $2000 dollars repairing this car. i would have rather gone with something more reliable like a Toyota.
handling, fuel efficient, and exterior look
more durable interior, really crappy. engine reliability would also be nice.
Took my car to S.F. BMW for a 60k check
up. I was told that the cost would be
They then took of new wiperblades and
replaced them etc. alot of hidden costs.
They told me that the radiator was
leaking and said that it with
the "plastic waterpump and thermostate
housing" at a cost of 3800. I took the
car to a independent shop who informed
me that the production date of my car
indicated that it would not have the
If you need parts for your BMW try the
Partsbin.com they sell OEM and after
S.F. BMW OEM Radiator 385
The Partsbin OME with shiping 169
The radiators are both made by baher
and are identical.
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