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Pros: the comfort access
Cons: Drive is a little rough but worth it.
Advice: Don't get one without the comfort access. If you can drive a manual, go for it.I got my 325 with the sports and premium package and I have to say I am more than impressed. The comfort access is unbelievable. I read lots of reviews but half the time when you get in the car it’s all hype. With the BMW 3 Series its all true. The best I have driven. Oh for you speed enthusiasts you are in for the drive you've been waiting for. I tested the 0 - 60mph time, all I have to say is you have to try it out. Oh one more thing get the manual transmission you won't regret it. I'm loving it
Pros: Push button ignition
Advice: Take the sport suspension packagePurchasing the new BMW 325 was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had a Mercedes C-class and let me tell you, the performance of the BMW is miles ahead. The engine is very smooth. The handling is unbelievable especially I took the sport suspension package. A great combination of power, sport, luxury and performance.
Pros: The looks of the car.
Cons: Very very poor quality
Advice: Buy the 5 series or find another manufacturer.The appearance of the car is beautiful and that's where it stops. The first thing you notice is the whiney transmission. It sounds like an old Ford pickup. The road noise is very loud. The car was using oil every 1200 miles and finally they replaced the engine at 10000 miles. I had the car back for two weeks and they had to replce the steering rack. I talked to BMW USA and asked that the car be replaced and they claimed that I should wait and see if other problems come up. Is this the BMW experience they talk about in their ads. The dealership has been very accomodating, but trying to get BMW to live up to commercials will not happen. This has been a horrible experience.
Pros: performance, style, and name brand.
Advice: get a lexus or don't expect to have a perfect reliable BMW. Plan to take it to the shop and be sure to get the extended warranty!Okay so BMW is more classy than a Honda, VW, and what not (maybe?), but I have had serious problems with mine. Not just minor service requirments but major issues. I have had to have the car towed twice. The first because the car was shaking violently. They needed to replace the coils in the engine. That took a week and they did not have a loaner car for me. I had to rent one. Then it died on my in a parking lot and had to get a tow truck to the dealership. It was not the battery, they had to replace the fuel tank. Then a few months after that all the brakes had to be replaced. BMW is a great ride yes, but reliability no.
Pros: Balance (everything works together exceptionally well)
Cons: Snug fit for rear passengers
Advice: If you want the best this is it!I'll make it short and sweet. If you want the best, test drive a 2005 330i with sport package (2006 models are not as attractive as last series). You'll thank me later.
Pros: push button start
Advice: good buy for the moneythe car is very stylist,flashy,you can't beat the 4year 50,000 mile warranty on everything including normal wear parts such as brake pads,rotors and anything you can think. Good buy for the money.
Pros: Intuitive controls and ergonomics - helps you focus on driving. Handles extremely well, especially with spirited driving.
Cons: Need to adjust my driving with other cars since I'm used to spirited driving which other cars can't handle. Cup holders are still bad. New models (Chris Bangle designs) look ugly. Can't wait until BMW outgrows this faddish styling.
Advice: Not for people who just want to get from point A to B. They won't appreciate what this car can do. There are many other cheaper, reliable and safe cars available. Like golf - if you're a hacker, don't buy a ProV1 since you won't know the difference.I now understand why a BMW is called the ultimate driving machine. It's exceptionally well designed in terms of fit, finish, feel, safety, ergonomics, performance, convenience features, body strength (does not rattle or rust like other cars) and overall quality. I've had some close calls (during summer and winter) and it's like the car knows how to get out of a dangerous situation. Maintenance is a no brainer since the car tells you when it's time for maintenance. My other car's body fell apart (rust) after 10 years, whereas my 12 year old BMW still has the show room feel. My maintenance invoices for my other car is about one foot thick while the BMW is one inch for the same time frame. Driving through mountain roads is an absolute pleasure - hardly need to use brakes since it holds the road like glue. Power is superb. I'm glad I didn't get a G35 coupe since my friend (who tried to convince me to get one since he bought one) is now complaining about it's overall quality (it's falling apart). I now own two BMWs and will continue buying them as long as their quality continues at this level.