There is no question that this car is a show stopper and loads of fun with the top down. Based on the accolades and reviews, it is logical to assume that this car would be as great a performer as is looks. That thought process became a myth when at only 28,000 miles, and having had all the recommended service on time, my car began to stutter and would shake terribly on acceleration. After 6 new coils (which took 2 service appointments) it ran smoothly for almost one day when it was discovered that it needed a new fuel injector. Once we got past that, a week later it needed a new air conditioning evaporator coil. Without the extended warranty the out of pocket expenses would have been outrageous. And all of this at only 28,000 miles. Amazingly enough, severl other owners that I have met casually have had similar experiences and cannot wait to sell their cars. But we all hang on since the reviews are so compelling and create the 'BMW mystique' which somehow convinces us that it must be us...but perhaps not, perhaps it really an over-rated performance car.
This is a great looking car. If this is your first experience to bmw then you will love this. If you owned something like a z4 or faster then I would suggest upgrading and paying a little more for that power which can be amazing in times of need.
This was my birthday present to myself, I traded in my Z3 that I had planned to keep forever and nearly did. But for my age 2 cars 1 for fun and 1 for practical use doesn't work any longer. This hardtop convertible is the ultimate car for a split personallity girl like me. Practical with room for the groceries or friend, but a joy when the weather comes up right and you want to run to the hills with the wind in your hair.
Drives like an extension of your body. Top down wind and noise amazingly low and climate control allows you to drive topless in anything but rain. Controls typically Teutonic and not intuitive. Will run decently on less than premium but idle roughens. Love the turning headlights - great on windy roads at night and illumination overall is outstanding. Great highway mileage. Top tends to hang up after being driven with it closed for while, but close/open switch operation allows it to open fine.
Bought my wife a 335i convertible after she was rear ended totaling her Honda S2000. she drove the care 3 months and the water pump had to be replaced. then the rear wheel bearings had to be replaced. Then the Turbos went out. this car has been sitting in the shop more than it has been driven. What a piece of junk.
Sport Package, Titanium Silver Metallic Paint, Cold Weather Package, Premium Package, Comfort Access System, Xenon Headlights, Dynamic Cruise Control, iPod and USB Adapter, HD Radio.
Rear wheel drive
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
230 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
200 @ 2,750
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.32, II = 2.46, III = 1.66, IV = 1.23, V = 1.00, VI = 0.85, R = 3.94, Final Drive = 3.23
Deceptively quick, this engine is so smooth it doesn't seem that it will power this 3 to a 14-second quarter-mile time. Launch: 4,700 rpm with some clutch-slip.
Typical reassuring BMW brake pedal performance. Nice, solid response on every stop -- distances shorten as heat builds. Nice.
So much info through steering! Even the entry-level 3 Series has it. Excellent grip, too. So much compliance combined with sharp steering response and body control, the 3 Series is truly a class leader when it comes to handling.