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.
Bought my 323 with 60k miles on the
clock. The car has been fantastic.
Yes it's underpowered relative to the
330--but that's why it costs less! The
car is still quick--esp. when it gets
in the heart of the rev's, and it
handles like--well, like a BMW should.
The ergonomics of this car (the E46)
are a huge step forward from the E36.
I purchased this car brand new in 2000
and can honestly say that this has
been the most expensive and poorly
designed vehicle I've ever owned.
I've had the following issues:
suspension issues (control arms - 2
times!), HVAC, ignition switch,
windown regulators, power steering
pump, radio, horns, speakers go bad
and require replacement. Latest
issues: camshaft sensor, amplifier,
and another power window regulator.
Stay away from BMW. BMW North America
doesn't care about their customers
either. After warranty expires, DUMP
Great handling, fun to drive, and lots
of admiring looks from most everyone
who sees it. Timeless styling helps
with resale! Decent car in snow,
although DSC kind of makes the car
slower at times when you're trying to
pull out into traffic.
If an American car was built this
poorly, it would be in Consumer
Reports. Unfortunately, everyone
believes that BMW's are bulletproof
and only America makes crap. I know
believe that Germany makes crap too!
Overall, the performance, roadhandling,
and drivability of this model BMW is
outstanding. Also, the interior design
and comfort is all you could ask for
from this size vehicle. The one
disappointment is its poor road handling
on snowy roads. My car came with 17"
low profile all-season tires that track
very poorly on snowy roads. Snow tires
are a must in winter environments.
Another negative impact of cold weather
on my BMW's engine is about a 20%
reduction in gas mileage.
The Harmon-Kardon radio makes beautiful
music. The climate controlled
heater/air conditioning system handles
all weather conditions very well.
The fan for the windshield defroster
should be designed to operate at some
level less than full blast. The rear
view mirror should be redesigned to more
effectively control the glare of hi-beam