BMW sure has their act together in terms of building a car that performs flawlessly, is a gas to drive and is comfortable on any length trip. I've driven up to 12 hours at a pop in my 328 and get out feeling great. The engine is increadbly responsive and the handling is impeccable. I've driven it for nearly 37,000 miles and the driving experience has been excellent.Unfortunately, BMW doens't seem to know how to build a reliable car. I've had problems with door lock mechanisms (couldn't get in the car), the throttle body (car quit on the interstate at 80 mph), the door trim and now it needs $1000 worth of front end work (control arms, control arm bushings and front stabilizer link).
The engine responsiveness and power band is impressive. The handling is probably as good as it gets in a street car.The interior has everything well placed and the car fits like it's part of you. The sound system is just okay, but i don't get in my car to hear great music.
Redesign the front suspension so it lasts longer than 36K mi.Use a polyurethane or epoxy paint that isn't going to chip like crazy.
This is my second BMW. I have also owned several new Japanese cars. This has been in the shop about eight times for major repairs. The brakes, suspension and several electrical components have been replaced numerous times. The dealer has been terrific about fixing the car - even when it went past warranty. Apparently, the problems are typical of this series. However, the time and general hassle really diminished the BMW "driving experience"and I will never buy one again (hate the new styling, anyway).
Styling, handling, great breaking,smooth acceleration. The controls are well laid out, the climate controls are excellent. Too bad all this is marred by general reliability, brake and suspension problems.
fix all the ills once and for all and have the dealers do the fixes in one recall - not half a dozen over a period of three years.
I bought my 2000 # series coupe in Feb 2003 with 28,000 miles on it. In general, I love the car. It looks great, has comfy front seats, handles well on dry pavement, and gets awesome gas mileage. My complaints include lousy brakes - I've had them replaced once and they still pull the car to right and severe hydroplaning in rainy conditions.
Smooth engine, comfortable front seats, great gas mileage, killer styling.
This car is, in a nutshell, the best all around package you can get for the money. It has great handling, steering, acceleration, and surprisingly good gas mileage. The coupe is especially fun considering it's standard sport suspension and lower vehicle height.
Sunroof, handling around twists and turns is phenomenal, ultra quiet and refined engine, the only way to know when to shift is by looking at the tach the engine is so quiet!
This is a great car. If I had to recommend one improvement, it would be the automatic climate control; it is not very reliable; it seems to do whatever it wants sometimes
Second owner, first BMW and like it
very much thus far. 67K Mi. Sharp
looking, nicely appointed interior,
smooth ride and adequate power. One
unexpected repair was cracking of rear
coil spring, ended up having to
replace both costing about $500.
Also, the small radio antenna off the
back antenna base broke off probably
in car wash, resulting in poorer radio
reception. Other than those, usual
maitenance. Love it and hope that it
continues to serve me well.
Steptronic for downshifting off hwy
exits/approaching stop lghts/traffic -
smooth transition, saves on
brakes. Drvr's seat helps posture
and gives exclnt support for long
rides/sitting in traffic. Psngr side
rear vw mirror tilt when in reverse is
great for paralell parking.
More hidden storage space. Brakes
produce lots of dust and have to clean
wheels a lot. Bigger entry into
trunk. Rear vw mirror has common
problem from glass manufacuter, brown
tinge that starts at bottom. Rear whl
drive sucks in snow, but knew that