This car was super-clean at the time of purchase, and had close to 80,000 miles on her. I was a bit apprehensive about purchasing a vehicle with that many miles, but this car has been the most reliable we have ever owned, and now has over 180,000 miles. I replaced the 15" wheels with M-series 17" of that era, replaced the springs with M springs, and added a performance chip. I never tire of driving her and continue to admire the styling, which to my eye, is timeless. For a car which is now 18 years old, it very much holds its own in looks and performance. It's also damn practical. I've hauled all kinds of heavy stuff, and the self-leveling system works brilliantly. I give BMW an A+
Handling, fun to drive, great gas mileage on the highway, practicality, looks. My dog loves the huge dual sunroof(s). And, you don't see these cars every day, which adds a bit of "exclusivity". :) Parts are surprisingly reasonable. I never thought I'd love a station wagon, but this one's a keeper.
!5" factory wheels are homely. Rear wiring harnesses in the hatch door have been repaired and replaced a couple of times. This is an obviously weak point in what's otherwise a very well-designed vehicle. Someday I may put an M motor in this car!
I enjoyed driving this car especially on the open road where it excelled. I had a few unexpected problems with the injector system. Also the rear hatch and window gave me some trouble. I only wish the driver's seat would move back 2 more inches!! I am only 6'0" tall, but I would get uncomfortable on longer trips and my wife, same height, actually disliked the seats even more. The switch for the heated seats is badly located. When you fold down the rear seats you can carry a ton of stuff! Even at over 100k miles it was a purring cat. The extra long double sun roof was awesome. Gas mileage was a problem with high prices, but the power and stable ride are the trade off. No cup holders, though!
Excellent road feel and handling. Very safe feeling car with great utility as a wagon.
I bought this car with 109K from a BMW dealership for commuting to work and hauling our Labradors. It has proven to be reliable, enjoyable to drive, relatively economical, and one of the best vehicles we've ever owned.
Combination of power and economy; has been very reliable so far; combines spirited handling and comfort in a way only BMW can; love the fold down rear seats with lift-up divider net for dogs. Very well designed inside and out.
Radio reception is terrible (upgraded to XM out of necessity); winter handling awful without snow tires, but that's to be expected.
This car has so far been a flawless
performer. It's enjoyable to drive,
and I'm convinced it's one of the best
wagons ever made. The car is very well
built and designed inside and out and
has delivered on the BMW name and
Performance; interior and exterior
design; dual sunroofs; versatility of
wagon (rear seats fold, built-in cargo-
area nets); still feels like a new car.
Mediocre gas mileage averaging 22 MPG
city/highway combined; terrible in bad
weather (but could be result of wide
touring tires); radio less than
stellar; computer message system
sometimes a little quirky.
I have owned this car for 10 years and
it has been great. It still drives as
if on rails. Acceleration and handling
are outstanding. The five speed manual
is smooth as silk. Interior is holding
up well. Heated seats are great in the
winter. When in for service, I get a
free loaner. It is always a comfort to
get my car back as I believe it
actually drives better than the loaner
cars even after these many years.
5-speed manual transmission, engine
soundness, handling, and the heated
FM radio has recently developed a short
and cuts out for a few minutes during
warmup. Standard wheels should have
been upgraded as in later models.