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BMW 330i - Love the drive, hate the expences!!
Cons: Poor Built of some parts and poor electronics!Pros: Fantastic Handling, less power compared to competition like the Lexus IS350. The steptronic tranny is nice. Average fuel efficiency. Cons - Suspention parts falling apart only at 80,000km, few sensors needed change, all brakes had to be replaced, rust and even much more. All this after babying the car with everything best. My 2004 Accord has 180,000 km and till date had not needed any parts replaced except the front brakes and rotors. Much more comfortable as well.
the BMW brand mystique
Pros: top down driving
Cons: I-Drive1. 'I-drive' computer system NOT user friendly. 2. convertible-top sensors needed to be fixed every 6 months to operate the top. 3. only 1 cup holder (must be a German thing) 4. an electronics nightmare (you don't need a mech, you need an elec engineer)
head above rest.
Pros: Power and handling.
Cons: roomBMW Z4 is hard to compar, it's just a fine engineered auto light-years ahead of the competion.
Great WOW Factor !
Pros: Handling,power and shifting
Cons: Gas gauge moves faster than the car.I had a 2005 BMW 645 Coupe for 5 years and love the 6 series. Replaced it with the new M6 Competition. This car has a bottomless accelerator. Far too much power for our Canadian highway speeds. Very tempting to fly ! The POWER button can be setup with the desired ride,HP, handling ratios. Then one can always be ready to launch it when needed. Sound system, Navigation system etc are superb.The twin clutch transmission needs getting used to.I use the paddles and the gear shift lever most times.Although it has it's quirks, I still prefer the Automatic to the 7 speed manual. The V10 I hear will disappear next redesign so wanted to have it !!
Pros: driving it at any speed is enjoyable
Cons: the run-flat tiresThe 328 is a great sedan. It's quiet, quick, handles great, it's gorgeous, and is comfortable for long drives. No, it's not as fast as the 335 or the S4, but it's faster and quicker than 99% of drivers will ever need. It's also very reliable and a joy to drive. Suspension is firm but not jarring and the steering is very precise. The cockpit is attractive and the car is well-made, but without the sea of buttons and switches that some manufacturers add. I love my 328.