I overestimated the BMW brand when I
bought my 97 328i. The exterior design
is distinctly BMW and it is a
great "image" car for young
professionals. The biggest challenge
is reliability... hundreds of sensors
constantly break and any visit to the
shop will run at least $300. If you
are going to buy one anyway - pass on
the Inspection I and II checkups -
which are serious waste of money.
Overall, performance was less than
stellar. I actually had more fun with
my 97 Acura Integra, which really
Exterior design, anti-slip traction
control system, fold-down cargo seats,
and the trip computer were all pluses.
Reliability: BMW has lost some
reliability over the past several years
in its electrical systems. Their new
2002 Z3(M3 version), for instance (test
driven as a loaner while mine was in
the shop) had more electrical problems
than my own 328.