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2002 BMW 330 - RWD Sedan
Pros: Power and handling
Advice: If power and handling are all that is important to you, then this is the car.I test drove a 2002 330i with a manual 5-speed. The power and handling were excellent and the quality of engineering and workmanship are second to none. The only complaints are the comfort of the ride and the display for the climate control and radio. I realize this car is designed for performance and handling, but for $40K I expect a comfortable ride too. The seats were narrow and hard, and the ride was not very smooth. The LED display is hard to read.
2002 BMW X5 - 4.4i (A5)
Pros: handling and power
Cons: no cd in dash with nav.
Advice: go for it.It handles as good as you can get at this height and weight! it is a suv but more on the sport side then the off road.
2002 BMW 745 - i
Pros: Comfortable ride
Cons: BMW's taking this long to correct the problems
Advice: Wait a whileI have driven my 7451 for about a month and despite the great driving characteristics expected from a BMW, this car is not ready to be sold. There are just too many important issues affecting its functionality that remain unresolved. Unless you have more patience than I with a 75k car, I would hold on to your 740 until the recalls are much further along. There are numerous problems that BMW is taking an inordinate amount of time to resolve. Most are convenience issues but others affect the safety and performance of the vehicle. Enough has been said about the i-drive,the remote entry frequency and the simple fact that this is an easy car to drive but overly complicated to operate. My son picked up the gadgetry quickly but he can't afford to buy one (yet). It's a generational thing. So I wonder why they tried to build a car for twenty year olds to sell to 50-60's. You just should not expect to drive it off the lot and get the full value of the engineering you paid for. I doubt that many owners will feel differently. You can't loan this car to a friend for a drive or pull up to a restaurant and hand the key over.It is too risky and I am surprised that BMW does not have disclaimers and warning stickers all over the dash for their own protection. They do have an 'accept responsibility' on the screen that must be activated every time you activate the IDRIVE. Really, what is the point? It is that 'vision thing' again, looking into the future of driving and as a consumer you have become part of the experiment. Bring the 740 back restyled and updated for performance for me. In the meantime let's speed up the recalls so that I can unlock the doors without having to find the spare key in the trunk.
2002 BMW 745 - i
Pros: Great sound, handling, passenger comfort
Cons: Poor execution of technology
Advice: Don't trade in your old BeemerVery disappointed after the long wait for the new '7'. Moreover, difficult to comprehend the slow response from BMW to software problems. Don't get the comfort seat package unless you are prepared for the headrest to automatically rise to max height when you adjust seat forward; a true safety issue for visibility and crah protection . Front console reduces legroom. Doors (740i) do not open wide enough. Don't plan on keeping owners manual in glove box. It is too large Forget viewing i-drive screen with sunglasses. Forget the i-drive. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you have to. Don't turn in your old phone unless you can manage the new one don't expect the SOS and voice activation features to work without BMW phone. If you use the i-drive, be prepared to steer mainly with your left hand. But you probably will avoid it anyway. The knobs are more natural. Avoid valet parking even with the pad of instructions included. The liability is too high. Seat memory and control located on center console so be prepared to squeeze in after another driver has adjusted seats and locked the doors. Color coding the assortment of stalks may help. Zenon lights not standard? Be careful selecting packages. Be prepared to take some time off to learn i-drive and what an unattractive controller knob. Car was released too soon for dealer support. Interior finish, leather trim, sliding floor mats(again), etc., below BW standards. Great sound system-best enjoyed in the security and safety of your garage. Beware the recalls and invest in a gas station. Acceleration problems and 'sticky' electronic pedal. And know you are not alone. You can always call for help if the phone is working.
2002 BMW M - Roadster
Pros: almost everything!!
Cons: driver's side floor mat tends to slide underneath pedals.
Advice: get one, buckle up........and hold on!!!This car is a WILD ride!!! Had my son (24yrs old) in it a couple of weeks ago. We did some cruising and, later that day my mom asked him how he liked his father's new car? His reply was 'It rides like a formula car and he drives it like one too!!' With a 3.2L inline six powerplant which puts out 315HP..........this car is faaast!!! And with oversize antilock brakes, it stops fast too! So, seat belts are a necessity!
2002 BMW 330 - RWD Coupe
Pros: Can't decide
Advice: Buy it!I have had this car for about 8 months now and I still get excited every time I get behind the wheel.
2002 BMW 525 - i (M5) Sedan
Pros: manuel transmission
Advice: if you got the cash, go for the m5. the 525 has a weak engine at 185hpok this car is pretty good. the quilty of the matials are very good. theres only 1 problem though. for a BMW i expect a high performance car but this car is somehow lacking performance. the engine is 185hp which is pretty low. the acura 3.2tl type-s has 260hp and is A Lot cheaper than the 525i.