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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.
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.
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.
Pros: Steptronic tranny and the sound system
Cons: 17' wheels too small
Advice: buy it ASAPBought my 2001 coupe in September and have been more excited each time I get behind the wheel. Supple smooth engine and an auto steptronic that really works. I only wish it came with the 18' wheels when I bought it.
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.
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.
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!