By bhunter on
2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Have loved driving the car, although as mentioned previously, the sound system is lame, the defroster is 100% fullblast or nothing, and we too have had tire/wheel issues. We have had it in the shop 16 times in 3.5 years for various problems, almost every other month since we bought it.The service managers say, "It's a high performance vehicle", to which I reply,"It's a high maintenance vehicle." What about that famous engineering? I'd never buy another, it's not that fun, and the reality is, most driving is commuting in heavy traffic, little chance to enjoy the performance within.
Power and handling. It is a blast to drive on open roads and in the mountains of Colorado. Behaves very well in snow too.
Larger! The Nissan Altima feels like a750IL in comparison (leg-room, length,interior space), and 330xi performanceis not far enough ahead of the competition to warrant the price,especially with the reliability issues!