Bit on the pricy side with only 170hp,
since most japanese competition now
offer 200 or more. But it doesn't feel
slow by any means. Design and materials
used in the cabin are top notch. Too
bad they rattle like nissan sentra.
Lots of minor problems, like airbag
light being on constantly,(fixed 4
times already) but probably more fun to
drive than lot of sport cars.
Minor body roll without sport package.
Almost Turbo sounding I6, crisp shifter.
BMW needs to concentrate on making
electrical parts reliable. still not up
to par with japanese competition
I have to say I am thourghly
dissapointed!! I have had two BMs and
will never get another BMW Canada and
their Dealers are most unhelpfull and
inconsiderate, I have had to replace
so far over $3,000 and BMW says I do
not care sir even if you are only
3,500 miles out of your warranty, and
then they say sorry you are not even
the original owner so we will do
nothing for you!!
Nothing, I will trade in both my 325I
and the 328I and getting a Ford or a
Make the car as reliable... And PS BMW
Germany if you want to fix this let me
know email me.
I always had very good impression of BMWs, but everything changed since I actually bought one. On an unfortunate day I bought a used 99 BMW 323i with 70K miles, got it inspected by a BMW dealer who said "This car is really good, buy it". Then it started costing me almost $1000/- every month on some trashy problems keep on occurring. Worst part is it has no warranty on it. It started running sluggish, CHECK ENGINE light keep coming and dealer has been fixing some thing or other every time it comes on and still it comes almost every 2 weeks with a new problem. Now I'm going to trade it in that for a much more reliable car.
Just BMW name.
Long term quality and reliability MUST be improved. Anyway I am not going buy another BMW in my life. And I will tell the same thing to anyone who asks about a BMW.
I bought this car new in 1999 and have averaged 15000 miles per year. The car is great to drive, but has had numerous reliability issues - air conditioner replaced, all four power window motors / actuators replaced (2 replaced twice), minor fluid leaks, front suspension components replaced, thermostat replaced twice, four sets of headlights, etc. In addition to reliabilty issues - maintenance is exorbitant. The dealer wanted $1,200 for brakes, $250 for a new battery, $600 for inspections, etc. Parts are special, so you can't just go out and buy them at Pep Boys. As a car, the BMW is only marginally better than the G35 and TL, but the ownership experience is worse than the Japanese.
The car now has 98K miles. I had a few
problems with the car since I've owned
it. My Air bag light came on around
80K miles. Diagnosis is a faulty Air
bag computer, cost is $500. North
American BMW will not assist in any way
since warranty is not valid. Sunroof
acts up by not closing as it should. I
have found that this car needs alot of
pampering to make it run problematic
free. I have a toyota and no
problems. Not sure if I would
recommend one. I'll probably buy a
Porsche or Mercedes next time.
I do admire the looks and style,
especially the new M3 and M5's. Nice
transmission and engine.
Improvements on electrical aspects of
these cars are needed. Improve
customer service is also recommended.
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