Buying this car was a big step up from my 92 Honda Civic and as far as vehicular performance, I have no complaints. The fuel mileage is unparalleled for a 2.5L 6-cyl. The handling is taut, and the power is more than sufficient. There is so much fun gadgetry that you discover a new "favorite feature" every day for the first two months of ownership. When I show the car it takes an hour to cover the wonderful bits and pieces and I always forget a couple favorites. HOWEVER, I am selling it. If you're a tightwad like I am, the expensive maintenance, and more exhorbitant repairs will induce a coronary with every squeak and rattle, and in spite of it's solid feel, there are many. Too much $.
Xenon makes the world light up. Logarithmic MPG gauge - so nice! Climate control with automatic recirculation. Dynamic Stability Control. Smooooooth transmission. Auto-dimming rearview. Central locks and windows W/ ONE TOUCH CLOSURE!! Base speakers are quite impressive. Mileage/HP tradeoff
BMW is so internally focused, I actually had my car fail a BMW inspection, not because anything was WRONG but because brake pads were "aftermarket" Cost of parts, repairs, even diagnostic is insane at BMW dealer. $1000 for Water pump, thermostat, and accesories belt? Please!
Time for the 5 month review. Highly recommend buying the service manual and an error-code reader ($250 total for both). My car had little things, such as bulbs, sensors, filters degrade and required replacing. These cars are CAKE to work on so long as you have the service manual. Most repairs require very basic tools and a couple hours of patience. My first winter encountered no driving problems, even on snow-covered roads. The DSC kicks in as needed to keep the vehicle from slipping, even with all- season tires. I still can't get enough of this auto...
The ease of which you can work on this car. Mechanics must make a fortune off these repair jobs. This is honestly the most efficiently assembled car I've ever seen. I plan on doing my own inspections with help from the service manual.
Turn signal bulbs require a little effort to access, as opposed to the headlight bulbs that just pop off as needed.
This is my second BMW. I have also owned several new Japanese cars. This has been in the shop about eight times for major repairs. The brakes, suspension and several electrical components have been replaced numerous times. The dealer has been terrific about fixing the car - even when it went past warranty. Apparently, the problems are typical of this series. However, the time and general hassle really diminished the BMW "driving experience"and I will never buy one again (hate the new styling, anyway).
Styling, handling, great breaking,smooth acceleration. The controls are well laid out, the climate controls are excellent. Too bad all this is marred by general reliability, brake and suspension problems.
fix all the ills once and for all and have the dealers do the fixes in one recall - not half a dozen over a period of three years.
Second owner, first BMW and like it
very much thus far. 67K Mi. Sharp
looking, nicely appointed interior,
smooth ride and adequate power. One
unexpected repair was cracking of rear
coil spring, ended up having to
replace both costing about $500.
Also, the small radio antenna off the
back antenna base broke off probably
in car wash, resulting in poorer radio
reception. Other than those, usual
maitenance. Love it and hope that it
continues to serve me well.
Steptronic for downshifting off hwy
exits/approaching stop lghts/traffic -
smooth transition, saves on
brakes. Drvr's seat helps posture
and gives exclnt support for long
rides/sitting in traffic. Psngr side
rear vw mirror tilt when in reverse is
great for paralell parking.
More hidden storage space. Brakes
produce lots of dust and have to clean
wheels a lot. Bigger entry into
trunk. Rear vw mirror has common
problem from glass manufacuter, brown
tinge that starts at bottom. Rear whl
drive sucks in snow, but knew that
I have had this car for about four
weeks; I bought used 2000 model with
57,700 mls. on it. I wanted a 540i,
but, couldn't really afford one
(without robbing Peter to pay Paul).
Car is extremely responsive, smooth,
handles superb; basically, everything I
expected it to be and more. There is
something to all the hype about BMWs.
It has been a dream of mine since I was
a teenager to own a BMW. I will
definately get another one when the
Handling, step-tronic shifting, quality
of interior, acceleration (I drove the
328; not sure it justifies the price),
the fact I can throw it into a turn
without second guessing myself.
Since it's an entry level model, the
only option I would have made standard
is heated seats. We don't buy these
cars for the cup-holders, people!! If
you want cup-holders, buy an SUV.