My wife made me buy it. Honest! I was set on a 2002 Lexus IS300. Boy, was she ever right! There is just no comparison between the two. This is by far a classier, more powerful (and expensive) animal of a car! And, I bought it with17K miles for $10K below book. Yeah, baby!! I bought an Extended Warranty for $2400 and have gotten $2000 worth of use from it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND AN EXTENDED WARRANTY FOR THESE CARS!! As has been said, repairs are expensive -every time. Though, I have had no major issues with this car. I put Bridgestone Potenza SO-3 Pole Position tires - $1Kfor 4 - 20K miles a set - on this car. It LOVES the rain, almost better than the dry road. I LOVE THIS CAR!
Speed, handling, 6-speed, creature comforts inside. I can run off and leave just about anybody - and, boy is that fun.
The automatic climate controls leave something to be desired. 35 degrees outside, temp set to 74 degrees (bothsides) and it's blowing COLD A/C in my face - maddening. United BMW can't seem to hear me tell them it's BROKEN. Tomohawks are pretty fragile and expensive to replace. Cupholders SUCK!
I've owned this car since new, and after three
and one-half years and 108,000 miles still
feels like a new car. The ride on the sport
suspension is solid as a rock; with Bridgestone
Pole Position S-03's it goes around corners like
it's on rails, yet is quiet on the highway. At a
steady 65 mph will deliver 32+ mpg.
Outstanding for a car that can do 0-60 in
under 8 seconds and is capable of cruising all
day at 90 mph with incredible comfort.
Love the five speed, sweet motor sounds over
3,500 rpms and confidence-inspiring
suspension and Dynamic Stability Control.
Keeps you out of trouble in all conditions.
The cup holders - both front and rear -
(technically they're can holders) are a bad joke.
I've replaced the rears with European spec
storage tray, and have to be careful with the
fronts, which have been replaced twice.
This car is a gas to drive. Responsive
and solid. Feels and handles like a
sports car. Now the bad news: be
prepared to be raped by your local BMW
service dept. They assume all owners
are rich and do not care about price.
My dealer was charging my wife $125
for an oil change!(Try $8 a qt. for
Mobil 1 that can be had at parts
stores for under $6) Routine repairs
are always $800 to $1,000. I have all
the service records and will be happy
to share the news.I will buy another
when pigs learn to fly.
My '01 Corvette is faster,way cooler
and I get the oil changed for $40.
Handling and braking
Reasonable service charges. That's it
in a nutshell and I know I can't be
the only customer who will not return
because of the arrogant outlandishness
of the service departments.
Fantastic, fantastic car. Elegant and
luxurious, but crack the whip and you
can get places in a hurry. Doesn't
handle or feel like a 3,800 lb. car. I
had a '99 M3 for three years and loved
that rig, but this one can essentially
do everything that car could, while
offering more room and many more
standard features. Too bad BMW lost
focus and is now turning out hideous
designs and chasing after segments they
should never bother touching.
Acceleration, braking and handling.
Looks. DSP audio. One-touch windows
down AND up -- why doesn't every
manufacturer offer this?
Shorter shifter throws. One-button shut
down of the AC/heater instead of having
to cycle the fan speed down to "zero".
Bigger trunk. In-dash CD changer. A box
of cash in the trunk so I could trade
up to an M5!
My first, definitely not the last..
I left it for a service and got a Chevy
Tahoe as a loaner. What a difference in
steering. I could not go straight!
Once back in my BMW I felt like being
bolted to the road.
Great overall; smooth ride except sharp
bumps (those joints on a concrete highway).
Smooth shifting; Responsive; solid (I
drove into my garage with my bike on the
roof. Bike and rack were damaged - car