Used BMW Convertibles Ratings
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2007 BMW 335 - RWD Sedan
Pros: the look
Cons: getting car sick driving it
Advice: take a long test drive2007 BMW 335I, SEDAN 4 DR, 3.0L L6 FI DOHC 24V, Bridgestone 18' low pro run flats. My first year has been filled with -Jerkiness when starting from a stopped position, or when geared down to corner -Lunging forward when braking. Very strong, pronounced downshifting - even at slower speeds -Harsh shifting between gears -iDrive frequently shutting down for no reason. -Low pro tires: side walls worn out after 15k miles (no refund offered)
2007 BMW Z4 - Coupe
Cons: The lack of even a tiny bit of space behind the seats
Advice: Test drive with and without the sport pkgI fell for the coupe's looks, but the test drive showed it has a great engine and transmission. Also comes standard with a very good sound system, which you can actually use as the coupe is a bit quieter than the roadster. The materials used in the interior and the overall design are almost impossible to fault. The Z has a much cleaner and simpler instrument/control cluster than any of BMW's other cars. Only significant gripe is with way the run-flat tires feel on bumpy roads. The steering is very good, but falls short of the standard of my old 328i (1998). But then, so do most cars.
2007 BMW 650 - Coupe
Cons: Fuel Economy
Advice: If you have the moneyWhen I first went to test drive this car I was amazed by how little justice a picture could do to it. I already thought it was gorgeous when I saw the photos on BMW's website, but when I saw it in person, my jaw dropped. It is simply stunning. The powerful engine and excellent handling sealed the deal, and a few minutes and 90K later, this car was mine. The ride is amazingly quiet, and the only thing I can compare the acceleration to is lightspeed in Star Wars. The car sits for about a tenth of a second, and then just jolts foward. It is very easy to be going 90 without realizing you are breaking the speedlimit. I couldn't ask for a better performing car that looks better.
2007 BMW Z4 - 3.0i Roadster
Pros: Putting it into Sports Drive
Cons: Brake dust colleting on the wheels
Advice: Make sure you get the Sports Package and Ride Flat TiresI have been driving fast cars since 1971. My first was a Dodge Charger (68-383). It was great since I lived in West Texas with plenty of highways and back roads. Its only flaw was taking corners. But, I joined the Army and was sent to Germany in 1979. I bought a 3.0 3-two barrel carb BMW Sports Coupe, it would beat a corvette in those days. Since then I have tried other spot cars. But, they just don't have that flair. Some are faster like the new GM Sky Red Liner - Looks compaired to other Roadsters, eh up to you :-) The RX 8 is also fast, the Camaro will blow past you. The Mercedez is well, a Merc a very classy car and well built. If you got the money go for it. But, I just love my Z4 - the 10 speaker Hardin-Kardmon serieo system. The way the front windshild is designed so the wind will not blow off your hat (over 80mph). You sit back with outstanding sound - low wind - quick responce - and SMOOTH ride. This car is just SWEET, outstanding BMW quality.
2007 BMW 650 - Convertible
Pros: The seamless intigration of technology and style.
Cons: Gas mileage. But in order to go you gotta give.
Advice: Don't test drive it unless you have a healthy budget.. :-)The local BMW dealer wisely got me to drive one home for the night... i didn't want to give it back the next day. It really is a drivers car. The 650i becomes an extension of the person behind the wheel. Some cars are what you see, the 650i is more than meets the eyes. It surprises me every day. I love it.
2004 BMW 325 - AWD Sedan
Pros: The way it stays put on the road and the all wheel drive feature!
Cons: The P6 Pirelli tires. BMW should have put a better tire on the car. They were fine in the beginning but leave a lot to be desired later!
Advice: Check out their certified car program!!There isn't a lot out there that equals the value of the BMW. 50000 mile warrenty, full maintainance. The treatment at BMW service is top notch. They always have a BMW loaner for you. They survey themselves and they take your responce seriously. The car handels the road very well. It stays very tight in corners. It's the ultimate driving machine.
2006 BMW M3 - Coupe
Pros: Amazing power and handling.
Cons: Bit bumpy on bad roads (know the bad ones and stay off them, no big deal)
Advice: Get the Dinan racing software installed.The M3 is far above and beyond all my expectations. Be sure to get the Dinan racing chip installed, once you do this the acceleration and throttle response will blow you away. I was able to get up to 184 mph and it still felt comfortable. I know the saying is overused, but it corners like its on rails. Pick one up if you can, it will take you for the ride of your life.