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Pros: Engine performance
Advice: Lease only.The ride in this car went downhill very quickly. With less than 60k I would not expect this car to be as bumpy as it is. Also the windows don't seal well and squeak and the window regulators failed on the rear windows. Add a ton of other problems and you have a former BMW owner.
Pros: Look, comfort, handling, everything! Especially how it handles the road...take it on some curves!
Cons: There was nothing I didn't like!
Advice: Definitely drive one - it made all the difference in the world for me when comparing with other cars.LOVE IT! I test drove this car and absolutely fell in LOVE! I ended up buying one shortly after and have loved the car ever since. You will definitely get spoiled by driving a BMW!
Pros: Performance, Dynamic Stability Control
Cons: Quality, Repair Frequency & Cost, Customer Service
Advice: Do not buy this vehicle unless your ready to fork out a bundle in repairs.This vehicle has been in and out of the dealership consistently over the last 3 years, has left us stranded on several occassions, a/c stopped cooling and most recently 3 of the 4 window regulators went out on the same day. All this on a car just a little over 3 years old with 60K miles. Total cost of repairs this year so far have totaled $3K. When I contacted the Corporate Offices of North America, I was simply advised to purchase another BMW. The great performance, style, and status symbol this vehicle envokes is just not worth the money spent on repairs and poor customer service. They tout their 4 yrs/50,000 mile warranty; however, the trouble begins after it expires.
Pros: Driving the car - it feels solid, powerful and in control at all times
Cons: The lack of a fully automatic climate control system
Advice: Go for it and enjoy driving one of the best cars on the roadI purchase a 2003 BMW 325i just over 5 months ago and have found the car to be a real pleasure to drive. I test drove all of the major competitors, and found that the BMW offered the best driving experience ….. and for about the same monthly lease as many non-luxury cars. Inside the car looks outstanding. Unlike BMWs of the 90s, todays BMW 3 series has the same high quality interior as its larger (and more expensive) siblings. One of the most impressive interior elements is the automatic transmission – you are provided with the easy of an automatic with the sporty appearance of a manual. BMW did a great job with the details. Driver controls are easy to operate for the most part, and the locations are always easy to find. Changes I would like to see in the next BMW would be higher quality sun visors (the standard plastic visor is very disappointing in a car of this price), improved functionality with the heating and a/c controls (a fully automatic climate control system should be standard), an reduction is the heavy feeling of the doors (while their design allows for easy closing with an impressive sound, the heavy doors can be difficult to open from the inside). If you’re considering the BMW 3 series I would strong recommend it. I’m very happy with mine and find it to be a real pleasure to drive.
Pros: Too many to name
Advice: BMW's can get quite 'pricy', limit the options to only those you'll use.I have to admit that I've always been a fan of BMW. Before taking out a co worker's 2001 330Cic, it had been quite a few years since I last drove one (worked on a few when I was younger). The quality of her 330Cic was just fantastic, I knew right then that I wanted one. I test drove several different combinations (330's and 325's/ autos and manuals)and decided on a 325Ci with a manual trans. Sure the 'extra' power of the 330 is nice but at this point in my life it's not needed. I ordered my 325Ci the first week of April 2002 and recieved it the first week of June 2002. I have had absolutely no problems with it at all, it has been perfect. The fit and finish are top notch, the chassis stiff and rattle free. Power is more than adequate, 0-60 in 7.0 isn't to bad. This car is without doubt the finest vehicle that I've ever owned, doubt I'll ever get rid of it.
Pros: Sport Seats, Heated Seats, Xenon, HK, Steptronic
Cons: Price, it adds up fast, but I don't regret anything I added.
Advice: Test all of the options... I enjoy all of the Sport and Premium options and feel they are worth it.Drives and rides like it is on rails. What a dream. I'm sold on BMW. It is 'The Ultimate Driving Machine'
Pros: The manual transmission
Cons: Too many options to choose from
Advice: You MUST try the manual transmission! It's much more responsive. Sport seats are worth every penny, so are the bi-xenon's.If you prefer a plush interior and an ultra soft ride, stop here - this car is not for you! If you're like me, and enjoy exceptional handling, engine performance, attention to detail, and cornering, you MUST seriously consider this fine automobile! I test drove many cars and was ready to sell my '01 Accord after one test drive. The 330i with automatic transmission is very nice, but I didn't care for the slight delay when shifting it manually. Then I drove the 325i with a manual transmission. WOW! In my opinion, the 325i with a stick performs as well as the 330i with the automatic. It would have been wonderful to test drive a 330i with a stick, and I probably would have purchased one. Insurance (something most people overlook) is much less expensive on the 325i and its sticker price is about $5000 less. Fantastic road feedback, steering and balance. Controls are well thought out and easy to find. The manual shifts smoothly and consistently. Plenty of power! You have TOTAL control over the vehicle when taking sharp turns. Look over the safety record from Intellichoice. Very impressive safety results!!! Is there a down side? Yes, too many terrific options to choose from! Enjoy!