2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Rwd 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Compared with my 1999 Sebring convertible, this car is less expensive to maintain, much more fun to drive, and far better made. Where the Sebring was soft, floppy, and squishy, the 330Ci is solid, firm, and well-damped. And an extra half liter of displacement makes a world of difference in performance. The simple instrumentation harks back to classic sports cars, and so does the hearty sound of the DOHC straight six. Even the starter sound is rapturously robust. The big sport option brakes are simply out of this world, and well worth the brake dust. My only problem in a year and 10k has been the previous owner, who trashed the wheels and control arm bushings on potholes. And what a looker!
Short front overhang, muscular build, wide rear wheels, balanced road stance, controlled sport suspension, rain-sensing wipers, open alloy wheels and giant brakes, dipping right mirror, convertible top cover, fine fit and finish throughout, especially the convertible top, Xenon headlights, etc.
Could use a compass, wheel cleaner wand for removing that brake dust, transmission fluid level dipstick. BMW could be a bit less mystical about certified parts and mechanics. Also, my warning triangle is missing ;=)