An engine with a drop top to go with it
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2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Wanted a convertible; got a rocket ship without a roof. The 305 hp engine mated with a 6 speed ZF auto trany is a masterwork -- smooth power and precise shifts in all situations. The 3-part roof is a miracle of modern engineering; owning it out of warranty would scare me (est $20k+ repl. cost). My biggest gripe on the roof is it leaks in pressure car washes; even so it is dry in rain and quiet on the road. Sound system is ok, and clear even with the top down. The standard (non-sport) seats are excellent, with fantastic seat heaters. Gripes: car without sport package is mushy in the corners. Run flat tires are a stupid joke. Interior fit/finish not great. A/C weakish. 16 mpg city.
Driving with the roof down / the comfort access feature to lower the roof from key. With the optional wind blocker for the back seat (a must buy) you can hear the radio, not feel blown away, and have a conversation with the top down up to 80 mph +. It should be illegal to drive with the roof up.
Paint quality isn't perfect, with some eggshell texture. Offer XM sat radio instead of the inferior Sirius. Build a larger pass-through to the trunk more like sedan. Replace the nets on the backs of the front seats with pouches. Allow the center AC vent to angle further twds driver. Offer an xi.