Purchased lease return at 43,000 miles from a used car dealership. The former owner was a middle aged lady, one owner. The car was basically just broken in. Have had car going on three years now and not a single problem except accidentally parking over a park stop and minor damage to the front air dam. Otherwise, absolutely a gem. The 17" BBS Cross-Spokes can be noisy, but the Bridgestone Turanza tires made it smooth as a Lexus, yet much sportier. The rim guards have prevented a couple rim rashes too. I'm veering off, sound off for the tires now. Anyways, I highly recommend this car, this years build to anyone considering.
I've been an enthusiast to the styling, which is very clean lines and engineering focused design. The car is designed around a foundation that is refined and perfected. The wagon is a rarity stateside.
For these cars the standard cup holders are cheap plastic and break. Over time the front drivers side door rubber seal can wear out from repeated abrasions getting in/out of car. As mentioned above good tires on the upgraded wheel package, like Bridgestone Turanza.
I bought the car used and had a little trepidation about the reliability of the car. The exterior design of this car is unbeatable bar none. I have the performance 17 inch wheels and the ride is harsh to say the least. The road noise from the tires are too loud. But the car looks and runs so well that I can overlook those few faults. Also I have to take into account that the car is six years old.
The exterior design, the high quailty leather seats and other interior designs.
Can't really think of anything to improve this car. Just keep building them.
I bought this car because the 528i sedan we got three years earlier was so solid. I wanted the sport and premium packages, which is what I have. The ride is very good and aerodynamics great. The stance is low and performance wheels light, so I hit low barriers and bent wheel. The replacement wheels are $600 per. The radiator sprung a leak at 64K. Otherwise it performs as expected.
Be easy on the accelerator and you'll be rewarded. It's very distinctive styling. It has a quiet cabin and every electronic control works.
Increase HP output and fuel economy like Japanese marks, without charging $50K +. Fix cup holders. Add cargo net and cargo mat. Move CD changer to a more accessible place. Local dealer service can't handle volume and charges high fees.
My wife had a new baby and bought this car. We love the car,it's fun to drive, and realiable, but find it difficult to put a baby in a car seat, and it does not have the extra hooks to tie down a car seat. The drink holders are the worst I have ever seen. We need to move on to a the mini van and forget about getting another BMW.
Cup holders and extra hooks in back for infant seats
Beautifully engineered and
manufactured, but really fits people
only 5'6" or less, with narrow
shoulders. Car is very fragile due to
lack of road clearance in front. Beware
of curbs and parking lot bumps.
6-cylinder engine's performance,
economy and sound. Quality of paint,
upholstery and fittings.
Seats should fit someone other than
small people. I'm just 6' and 170
pounds, but am cramped. Center door
post portrudes too far forward.