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2002 BMW 745 - i
Pros: I Drive
Cons: The rain sensor wipers do not work very well
Advice: Buy the carThe 745 BMW is by far the most advanced automobile I have ever driven.
2002 BMW 745 - i
Pros: Fantastic sound system
Cons: Too many issues that BMW knew about that were not fixed prior to delivery.
Advice: Make sure the above issues are addressed and the issue around the remote door opener is resolved. It is unacceptabe that BMW is not addressing these issues in a timely manner.I purchased the 745I a week ago drove it 50 miles and it is still in the shop. Throttle problem, navigation system recall, software problem with the phone, instrument panel for speedomemter is not calibrated correctely for miles-the lines for mph line up with kilometers. I am sure it will be a great car but not a great start!
2002 BMW M3 - Coupe
Pros: Engines performance and sound.
Cons: No spare tire
Advice: Test drive one in the twisties.After 4200 mi., the best car I have ever owned. It is fast, handles great, brakes are great, awesome looking car. The best part is I can take my family of four out for a ride together. This car is the ultimate driving machine. I waited over a year to buy it at MSRP, but it was worth the wait. Warning! This car teases you to drive it harder and faster, know your limitations. The ride quality is a good compromise between comfort and sports car firmness. It is my weekend driver, only regret is I wish I could use it every day, but it is not a substitute for a work truck.
2002 BMW Z8 - Base
Pros: The tremendous power of this hi-tech eight cylinder engine
Cons: Somewhat spartan interior
Advice: Get the red oneAcceleration is awesome. The car has a great feel, very responsive in the turns and acceleration that keeps your blood up. The interior is well laid out with no squeaks, rattles or wind noise and the exterior is flawless. This vehicle is well worth the money.
2002 BMW 745 - i
Pros: the i-drive(fairly intuitive but take your time learning all the features)
Cons: owner's manual(lost something in the translation!)
Advice: If you test drive it you will probably buy itI've had the car for two weeks and I keep finding something new to appreciate every time I drive it. I looked at Lexus and Mercedes but if you want luxury AND performance the 745 is only choice imho. Engine has loads of power(325 hp; 0-60 in 5.9) and torque. Handling is truly amazing--drives like a 3-series despite its larger size/mass. The motorola cell phone(BMW logo version of StarTac) is well integrated and can be used as a portable when you leave vehicle. Other electronics/toys are too numerous to describe but add to the 'grin factor'. Originally I was put off by the rear-end styling, but it has really grown on me. BMW broke a lot of pardigms with this car but I think they set a new standard for luxury cars.
2002 BMW 330 - RWD Coupe
Pros: The noise (s ) coming from the muffler.
Cons: The monthly payment
Advice: Shop at least two dealers and go with the people who treat you right.The 3.0 Engine is a jewel! It is smooth as silk and has so much torque from almost zero RPMs..I am delighted with the 330Ci, I got the manual transmission and mated to the sweet sounding engine I feel like Schumacher almost every moring when I drive to work. I tried the steptronic auto and tried to convince myself of it's merits, but...I just think if your 'in' for a car like this get the 'Real' version with a stick..To heck with the traffic jam excuse.The sports package is a must also..Even if only for the seats and white lights.My only regret is not getting the 18 inch wheels - But it is hard to imagine how this car could handle a bend any better than it does. There's a 360 degree Interstate ramp near where I live that I go 2 miles out of my way just so I can exit the appex at 70 mph in third with not even a hint of tire screeching or drama of any kind..it's such a blast to pass geeks in (Toyota) IS 300'S & assorted other fake sports cars in this fashion!.My last car was a 99' M3 which I missed for about a week until I really got to know this super fast grand tourer.Such luxury & quality but can dust 90% of the other sport/luxury type cars out there in the traffic light grand prix. In summary: The looks of the car are a design masterpiece..Very easy on the eye..Performance is great and really makes a regular driver like myself feel exhilerated just by driving to work. I also recomend that you get the Bi-Xenon lights, a great driver saftey feature & nothing to do with the fact that they look cool. Mine has the new Natural brown two-tone Interior with is so rich & Alpine white paint...such a refreshing change from Silver! Enjoy..But don't let this car turn you into a certified car geek as sadly it has done to me.
2002 BMW M3 - Coupe
Pros: The sound of the engine under hard acceleration, out of this world!
Cons: Not having ordered the park distance control
Advice: Don't hesitate, it's an experience.A bargain... don't waste your money on a Ferrari or a Porsche when this is a supercar which is also crammed with luxuries. Previously owned an (automatic) 325is then a (manual) 330ci and this is completely different. Drives like a kitten in the city but is a wild animal -- which can be easily controlled -- on the open road. The sound of the engine as you scream into a tunnel on-ramp is unbelieveable and just has to be heard. I love driving every mile in this car.