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
I have had this car for about four
weeks; I bought used 2000 model with
57,700 mls. on it. I wanted a 540i,
but, couldn't really afford one
(without robbing Peter to pay Paul).
Car is extremely responsive, smooth,
handles superb; basically, everything I
expected it to be and more. There is
something to all the hype about BMWs.
It has been a dream of mine since I was
a teenager to own a BMW. I will
definately get another one when the
Handling, step-tronic shifting, quality
of interior, acceleration (I drove the
328; not sure it justifies the price),
the fact I can throw it into a turn
without second guessing myself.
Since it's an entry level model, the
only option I would have made standard
is heated seats. We don't buy these
cars for the cup-holders, people!! If
you want cup-holders, buy an SUV.
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