After driving my 2006 M35 Sport for a month I am really happy. The ride is very smooth and much quieter than the reviews make out. The seats are extremely comfortable and the engine has more than enough power for my needs. For being a 4 year old car, there is only one minor rattle coming from somewhere near the glove box and that is intermittent. On the downside, the center stack controls do take some getting used to and the gas mileage is not great. I'm averaging about 21 mpg. Overall this really is a great car, fun to drive, and with distinctive looks.
Seats, styling, power, solid build quality.
Less complicated center console controls. Improved gas mileage.
I leased my M for 39 months and it was nearly perfect in every way. Solid performance, ultra comfort, every feature you can think of (and more), and as reliable as they get. No defects whatsoever, and OK gas mileage (22.5 mpg). I'm waiting for the next gen M which will be another killer and, supposedly, a hot hybrid as well.
Ride quality, acceleration, lots of toys, great (Bose) sound system, total reliability.
Car is very good BUT there are some things that are ridiculous. The one that is driving me nuts and is dangerous and cannot be fixed is the Phone/navigation system. Some over paid fool allowed it that when you are on the cars blue tooth phone (incoming volume to low) the Map screen switches to a display telling you on the phone. The Map cannot be shown unless you get off the phone. So if you are using the Navigation system and you get or place a call you have to pull off the road until you've finished your conversation. There so far is no fix - its part of the design.
I paid $25k and traded my 07' bmw 335 sport with 48k miles for $24k. Interior: M35 winner Exterior: M35 winner (more chrome accents) Performance: BMW 335 winner Audio: Tie Road Noise: BMW 335 winner Accessories: M35 winner (keyless start, back up camera) Comfort: M35 Maintenance: BMW 335 before 50k miles since BMW pays for all maintenance but after M35 is the winner, also 335 needs new rear tires every 6 months at $250 per tire Winner: M35 if you want luxury and 335 if you want pure performance.
Push button start, bluetooth, 6 disc changer, AC front seats, luxurious leather seats, chrome 5 spoke wheels, chrome exterior accents
IPOD integration, a little less road noise, brakes make the car seem a little heavy, acceleration can be jerky at times
The M35 is the hands down winner that delivers an excellent balance of price, reliability, performance and features. For some reason, the M35's first two years of depreciation is greater than most other luxury cars making used models very affordable. Why? I have no idea; the M35 one of the best sedans on the market. It is likely you can find this model about 2 years old at less than half of original MSRP. I purchased mine about a year ago (8/2008) and it is still under full factory warranty (5/60 b2b, 6/70 pwrtrain). O2 sensor replacement was the only warranty job performed to date. No other issues. An all around incredible car.
Lane depart sensors sensitive on side streets, does well highways. No scrolling text on display screen (name and title can be cut off if longer than 12 characters). Cooling seats could take long at very hot ambient temps. No touch screen ipod connection on '06 ('09+ does).