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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.
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.
Pros: Interior look, feel and comfort
Cons: Quirky problems that need dealer to fix
Advice: get the 3.0. FAST enough. the 4.4 isn't worth $10k.Unbelievable ride! I am a Lexus SUV convert. Didn't think it could get any better. Well, I was wrong! This is like driving a sports car in an SUV body. Yes, I've had a few issues with minor 'defects' (NEVER had that with my Lexus's), but in the end, its a worthwhile tradeoff! The other wierd thing that I never thought could be fixed in any car that somehow BMW nailed, the sunroof on the X-5 is SILENT when fully open at any speed. Most sunroofs are noise makers that need to be closed to carry on a conversation. How do they do it???
Pros: Performance: Powerful & Nimble. Gives the driver utmost confidence.
Cons: The 2 month wait for it to arrive ... sheer torture!!!
Advice: Don't waste your money on the leather. Standard leatherette is identical and will wear better over time. Spend the $ on the navigation systemC320, IS300, TL S-type, A4... I drove them all. The 330Ci Coupe has them all beat by a longshot. I was only auditioning cars as a potential replacement for a current lease that will be coming due this summer. After experiencing the comfort and hair-on-fire performance of the 330, I placed my order on the spot. I simply couldn't wait another 4 months. Honestly, I've never been this impressed with a car during a test drive.
Pros: Embarassed to say, seat massager (but not seat back!) and those shades.
Cons: weight, iDrive & voice implementation (I'm in Silicon Valley)
Advice: Get luxury seats, convenience pkg., & shades. Park distance system a toy. 19' wheels are ok.I took delivery February 26 so I do not have a lot of hours in it as of yet. First impression is 'it's ok'. Not great, not bad. My expectations were a bit higher through all the hype. Definite plusses include greater efficiency of the engine, active stabilizers, quiet ride, and gotta love those electric side & rear sunshades. The bummers include lousy iDrive integration with phone & nav, slow or stumbling go from a standstill, with or without the auto park feature, mediocre voice activiation system, a sorely lacking back or escape key by the iDrive knob, and a turning radius akin to my last Jag Vanden Plas, limoesque.
Cons: remote wont let me in to drive the car!!!!!
Advice: WAIT UNTIL BMW GETS THE FREQUENCY PROBLEM FIXED OR YOU WILL NOT GET TO ENJOY ITcar is great. it takes hours to learn to use the IDRIVE computer, but well worth the time. performance and handling are umatched.After 3 weeks and 1400 miles it a wonderfull car. BUT BIG PROBLEM THE REMOTE TO OPEN THE DOORS DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK. SO YOU MUST USE THE EMERGENCY KEY. BMW IS AWARE OF THE PROBLEM BUT NO FIX IN SITE.THEY CLAIM IT HAS TO DO WITH THE FREQUENCY.
Pros: SMG gear box
Cons: interior, dont pay extra for the HK sound, not worth it
Advice: get SMG,this car reminds me when I drove a GoCart for the first time. Fun! Fun! Fun!, Especially with the SMG paddles, it's Grand Tourismo 2 in real life.