This car has been all over the country, and has never let me down. I have put an insignificant amount of money into it for repairs, and it now has 240,000 miles on it and still going strong. I am planning another cross-country trip with this car in a few months!
Reliable, reliable, reliable. Also comfortable and a great sound system!
Has no cup holders, which gets annoying at times. Parts are expensive (but you hardly need them!).
This car is not a speedster. Gearing is for practicality (wagon and 'touring' version). This is a road car. A dream on the highway. Solid cornering. It is a GREAT car. I'm up over 212,000 miles on this car and it is still GREAT! Sample problems have been: Door latch had to be replaced. Brake light module failed. Fuel pump replaced. Got to fo the a BMW pro on this car. Parts are always from the dealer. You can feel nickel and dimed (dollar and fived?). I have had several excellent up-end Japanese cars. The power is with the Japanese but the car itself along with the driveability goes to the BMW. I NEVER expected to get hooked. I am.
Cornering, brakes, style, finish. Trip computer is excellent... it tells you everything you want to know including performance (the miles/gal, range) to maintenance issues (which light is out, when you need the fluids checked). The car is built like a tank. You really get to like the car.
How can you spend nearly 40k on a car and not have a cup holder? The onboard computer lost pixels.
I bought this car as a dealer demo
with about 3,000 miles on it. I've had
it for 11 years and it is still a great
car. The only major repair I've had to
do on this car was to replace the
onboard computer, but I replace my
desktop computers about every 3
years! I also had to replace the fuel
pump which seems to have been a
problem with this particular model.
The last major service cost $400.00.
I may keep it another 5 years!
Nice industrial design. Great body
and interior integrity, still feels like a
new car. Fun to drive.
Got this car in 1997 from a guy who
babied it. Had 68k miles and was
perfect and maintained on schedule.
This car rides so nice, I hate to part
with it. I have 138K miles on it and it
still drives like new. Down side is it
is so fricking expensive to maintain. I
only have it serviced by BMW. However,
it will do 200K easily and I intend to
keep it for at least another 2 years.
Some rust on the doors but nothing
serious. I have spent at least $10,000
on repairs over 5 years. But, it was
Excellent sound system, great cruiser,
good looks, smooth ride.
Cup holder would be nice, i mean this
car DID cost 40K new. Lower repair cost.
The car handles curves and cruising on
the highway like no other car I have
ever owned, but on acceleration the
car lacks any real power. It is the
slowest BMW I have ever driven. You
might be 0 to 60 in half a minute.
The car eats cash. Minor repairs are
still in the hundreds of dollars. The
smallest of plastic parts are
expensive and when you include labor
at ANY BMW dealer, you can count on
even a dashboard light replacement
costing you about $200.
I have owned this car for 2 years and
have spent nearly $4000 in repairs and
upkeep. In addition, I have had three
dead stops and had to be towed to the
Extreme comfort inside with onboard
computer. Handles great once you get
cruising on the highway.
Very expensive to upkeep. Most parts
can only be obtained at a dealer.
Repairs can cost more than the car is
worth for even small stuff! Gas
mileage needs improvement as it gets
only 19 mpg for normal driving.