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.
I finally understand why people
take "joy rides" in their cars. The
performance of this sedan is superb on
the twisting, dipping, back-country
roads near my residence. The engine
power is impressive, the transmission
shifts are smooth, the tires hug the
road, the breaks stop on a dime...the
car lives up to the title of "ultimate
driving machine". For high speed
driving, I recommend a high-end set of
tires...my all season's transmit
vibrations starting at 85mph (but
disappear around 100mph). The car is
absolutely convenient, only had 2
minor (<$20 fix) problems so far.
Tiptronic transmission, auto-sensing
and power everything, aesthetic
appeal, 22mpg average, after-market
customizing options. May as well be
honest...the pure sex appeal of this
car. To understand the enthusiasm,
just drive one.
Rear-seat cup holders, more trunk
space or fold down rear seats
(available in newer models), longer
warranty period (just incase), a
stereo system with easily upgradable
components. A built-in radar detector.
This vehicle amazes me in how well it
is made. The fit and attention to
detail is unmistakably obvious.
Unlike ANY american car with as many
miles 88K in four years there is
simply no comaprison. I would rather
spend 20K on a used BMW than a new
american car. Forget Italian, Swedish,
French even Japanese or Korean cars.
Germany is were the only true
automobile is engineered. P.S. I'm
involved on a daily basis with
automobile mfg. plants throughout the
midwest and only foreign owned and
operated mfg. are really concerned
with making a superior product.
Visteon and Delphi will be bankrupt
within 20 years. The American business
model is to blame.
Overall a decent car but once it's
over warranty it's not worth having
due to extremely high repair costs.
Could use more power at times.
One major complaint is the driver's
seat has no support, become's very
uncomfortable quickly and I only have
50000 miles on the car so the seats
should have held out longer than that
I would have thought. The brakes are
very high maitenance and don't have a
very long life. If I ever buy another
BMW I would only buy or lease new.
Great car for the everyday commute.
Awesome when you get on the open road,
and leaves you feeling safe and snug
with the handeling abilities and
numerous safety features in the city.
I can't wait to purchase the next
one! One note, you must keep up on
the preventative maint., seems a bit
costly at first, but these cars go
Sporty driving feel, and comfort on
long drives. Car is very simple in
the interior. Finally, the car looks