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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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: The silky smooth engine!
Advice: Buy it once and chances are you'll never own another brand.Truly the Ultimate Driving Machine! When sitting in the driver's seat you are well supported yet comfortable. The steering and stick feel like a handshake from an old friend. The engine is silky smooth and the transmission is flawless. The sport suspension is very tight, however, the standard suspension is comfortable for those not interested in high performance driving. A well rounded vehicle and definitely the pinnacle of sports sedans.
Pros: bluetooth capability
Cons: tiny wheels
Advice: Get the Sport Package, and the Zenon LightingApproaching the vehicle, you look for the sex appeal. Or any appeal of that matter. You click the unlock button. The car doesn't respond audibly, because the Anti-Theft system was not standard. Ok, fine. You look at the wheels and think geez !!! 1 maybe 2 inches would make quite a difference. After all I paid $38k for the car. Finally, I open the door and enter the cockpit. Ahhh... Now you feel understood. Now you remember why you fell in love with the car. You put in the key, and hit the start button like I do in the 750LI. I put the car in drive, (Actually DS mode) the car comes to life. Gratefull I didn't choose the complicated iDrive. I put on my playlist from my iPod. It's on for 30 seconds, until my tach exceeds 4,500 RPM. iPod off. Roar of the Inline-6 calls all the attention. Neck thrown back, knuckles white, Engine screeming. You never consider infidelity with another vehicle. Car & Driver are tuned in glorious harmony. If a car has ever had a soul. It's the new 3 series. Let's just say beauty is on the inside. Conclusion... 06' 325i is perfectly unpretentious, and a little too subtle from the exterior. Yet when you get behind the wheel and join in one accord. You know you made a sound decision when you bought the car. Great quality car, but prefer the previous 3 series styling.
Pros: Can't think of one
Cons: So unreliable
Advice: Buy Japanese vehicles- I traded a Toyota Avalon (70,000 miles- no problems) for this BMW- big waste of money.This car is overpriced and over-hyped. It is not that comfortable, and is certainly not reliable. 3 out of 4 windows have malfunctioned at the cost of $350 ea., radiator, air conditioner, lights have had to be repaired at great cost. A relative gas hog for the size of the engine. Be cautious buying the sport package- the tires are noisy and wear down fast- with repacement costing around $1100 mounted.