2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
I bought my 330Ci convertible in March of this year and traded it in September. Part of the reason was a chance to own my "dream" car and an inability to justify owning two convertibles, but part of it was the sheer impracticality of the car. We couldn't fit two carry-on suitcases and two backpacks in the trunk, no one could comfortably ride in the back seat, there is very little storage space inside the vehicle and almost none that is secure if you leave the top down. The tires cost $355 EACH and apparently only last 8,000-10,000 miles - an added cost no one tells you about. The car was already recalled with a problem within 6 months. All in all it was fun to drive, but not worth it.
It truly is a joy to drive.
More storage - and more secure storage - inside the car. Disclosure of the true "added" costs of owning the car.
Excellent handling dynamics. Very planted and balanced at all speeds and very stable 75-85 Mph. Highway fuel economy 31-33 mpg. I have owned this vehicle for over a year with 30K miles on it. Buying a 2007 model with sport package. Keep options limited to premium package and automatic transmission. Xenon not a required option. Struggles with full load, fine with up to 2 occupants.
6 speed silky automatic transmission, balanced driving dynamics. Fun in sport mode. Gas mileage. Nice wood trim and amazingly it's a free option.
More thigh support on base seats without requiring sport package-I am 6'1". Germans good with ash trays but bad with cup holders. Glove compartment that can't hold the manual. Needs a spare tire with existing run flats. Rattles that can't be fixed. Need to design a "4" series.
This is my first BMW, my husband's second, I bought it for his 50th birthday gift; he has driven it a handful of times. If I let him, lol. (I stole it from him!) We both love it! Along with our 3 kids. We have had just about every car out there. IT IS FUN! We all love it!
The drive, and body style!
So far the only negative thing would be the front cup holders.
The 330i is small but so quick off the mark, cruises like a big sedan, has true steering and the best brakes. City streets or freeways get eaten up. Seat support outstanding. Very clear and easy to read instruments.
Driver's control, seats, visibility and large trunk w/ fold down seats. Power when needed-at once.
I'm a little concerned that the run flat tires may wear too quickly in city driving-very expensive to replace.