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2002 BMW 530 - i (M5)
Pros: fit and finish
Cons: cup holders & climate control
Advice: look at a Lincoln LS first....I traded in a 2000 lincoln LS with a sport package to this car it was a bit of a shock. I thought for 12k more the BMW would really be a step above. But if I had to do it again I would have gotten a new LS. It has much more standard equipment. The cup holders in the BMW are useless. The dealer has a add on for $75. they aren't much better. The climate control in not auto as it says. Its really strange to work. I had to go to the dealer to find out is says automatic but it's really not.The Lincoln w/sports package handels better than the standard BMW. In the LS the CD is in the dash not in the trunk. To get a BMW with ALL the same equipment as are standard on LS it would cost you 18K more! I will say the transmission in the BMW is great! So are the lights.
2002 BMW 325 - AWD Sedan
Pros: Acceleration, Cornering, Comfy Seats.
Cons: Internal compartments are a bit small, brakes are a little stiff (although I've only had this a few weeks)
Advice: Optional features are pricey, but make all the difference. Leasing is usually the best dealSmooth drive, great pickup & cornering. Worry free driving on slick roads. Very comfortable and ergonomically designed inside. Plenty of trunk space + fold down rear seats & ski bag makes its easy to carry lots of stuff. Not the 'best of breed' from BMW, but if you want a great drive with comfort & style at reasonable price (relatively) - look no further. I would reccomend the luxury, cold-weather, and sports packages. Harmon Kardon system is not bad, but not the best I ever heard.
2002 BMW 745 - i
Pros: the sound system
Cons: having to reach my destination
Advice: quality=service=valueThis is the 'ultimate driving machine' experience! As a former owner of a 1993 325 SI, I was more than impressed in the quality of not only the 745i, but also the superb quality of service received at the dealership!
2002 BMW 330 - RWD Coupe
Pros: Performance and handling. It's just a great driving experience.
Cons: No cup holders in the rear seat area
Advice: Get the sports Pkg.I bought my 330Ci in late 2000 and now almost 18 months later I don't regret it one bit. I have added Dinan performance products which has elevated a great car to another level at a minimal cost and is still covered under warranty. It just blows the competition away. It is now a wolf in sheeps clothing except for the Dinan 3 deck lid badge it proudly displays.Jimmy J., Houston ,Tx.
2002 BMW M5 - Base
Pros: Overall performance
Cons: Thats a tough one
Advice: Self restraint when drivingSimply put, the most awesome sedan on the road today. I went to a Porsche Club track event and opened their eyes. The only close competition came from 996 twin turbos and an RS 3.8. I was a Porsche owner for 30 years. I have gone to the dark side of the force now and hardly ever look back. When I do I see Porsches in the rearview. The M5 is that incredible. I know some car company will come up with more horsepower, but I doubt they will match the total balance of Power, torque, cornering, stopping, and comfort. When God said 'let there be automobiles', this is what he meant.
2002 BMW X5 - 3.0i (M5)
Pros: Speed and Stability Control System
Cons: Rear headrests a bit too high, could make parking a little difficult
Advice: 3.0i model is great, not a lot of difference from the 4.4iFun to drive! A 'no thinking' required vehicle, it does all the thinking for you! Maintenance checks are done automatically, tells you when it may be slippery outside, tilt mirror aids in parking, and don't forget the great acceleration speed and the super brake system! Also, it doesn't tilt when you turn corners like other SUVs because it has an advanced Stability Control system.
2002 BMW 330 - RWD Coupe
Pros: Side mirror tilts down when backing up.
Cons: Couldn't find a thing I didn't absolutely enjoy.
Advice: Buy one. You are missing out!!!!The attention to detail and performance of this coupe is unbelievable. You get a lot for the money spent. This car puts the Mercedes coupe to shame.