Handles and looks great. Has been very
reliable except for some bizarre
problems for considering the age of the
car. Catalytic converter went at 50k
mark and we also found out that it was
loosely connected so there was constant
rattling from early on which no one
could diagnose. Driver's window
assembly collapsed at 40k mark. Gas
cap has been a problem since early
on...doesn't seem to fit well after a
while causing a check engine light to
appear as a result of a poor vaccuum.
I won't bore you all with a long, drawn out review. Getting to the point, I love everything about the car except the small 1.8 liter engine.
It's different. Everyone thinks it's a 2002 because they've never seen a hatchback BMW before. This car combines enough power, perfect handling and control for those back country winding roads. For another $12k I'll have a 350HP M3 engine in my baby hatchback.
Bring it back and sell either MANUAL or steptronic. Do not sell pure automatic. Increase horsepower/torque in the lower rev's. Increase engine size to possibly a 2.5 liter V6. Add the usual new style BMW lights, etc.