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Who needs an M3
Pros: the turbo motor
Cons: I haven't found anything not to likeThe 335i with the sport and premium packages and the six speed manual is quite the BMW hot rod. In my opinion, the 335i coupe has the best styling, handling and performance. I believe that this is a modern BMW classic.
Worst Bimmer I've had
Pros: handles well
Cons: electrical systemThis car has had major electrical problems. On seemingly random occasions, the headlights have turned on while the car has been parked, draining the battery and necessitating a jump start. I've taken the car to BMW dealer many times, and communicated w/ BMW customer relations. THey've told me the car is performaing normally and the only problem they've found is the lights have been left on! However, I never leave the lights on and normally they turn off when the ignition is turned off. Watch out!
A Driver's Car
Pros: Manual transmission with 300hp twin turbo and sports package.
Cons: RFTsExcellent handling with comfort. RFT's degrade handling and comfort minimally, will most likely replace with regular tires.
Love my first BMW
Pros: responsiveness and a feeling when driving that I have never experienced with any other vehicle
Cons: just want a newer model nowdrives great, unbelievable warranty for 4 years. Solid, incredible feel when driving. I never arrive late to work even if I leave late!
Best Vehicle I've ever owned (duh!)
Pros: Quality fit and finish.
Cons: Somewhat stiff excelerator pedal.Superior fit and finish, very comfortable seats, especially the massaging rear seats. More than enough horsepower (to get you in trouble). And 'all' the luxuries you could ever want in a car. Very quiet ride at all speeds.
Run Flat Tires are a disaster
Pros: hard top
Cons: Bridgestone run flat tiresI have had my BMW 3 series hardtop convertible for a year and a half. The car handles very well but the suspension can be jarring and the run flat tires are a disaster. I have been driving for almost 30 years and have never had one tire blow in any car until the 3 series BMW convertible with Bridgestone run flat tires. I have had 2 blow outs on 2 separate occasions by hitting pot holes. At over $300 a tire to mount a new tire it is getting expensive to drive this car. Also when accelerating from a near stop there is a pronounced hesitation by the engine (328 V6 model). I did not expect either of these two major flaws to crop up on a car that cost this much $$$. My 740 il had none of these problems.
Better than I thought it could be
Pros: Engine / transmission
Cons: The cup-holders are a little funky, but I'm willing to see them as part of the charmI went in to the dealer to pick out a late-model 3-series; maybe something that had been returned after a lease. The dealer was letting me look around the lot unpressured (don't you love that), and I happened upon a 530i, 6-speed manual. Now, everyone who loves driving a manual knows they're getting harder and harder to find without special ordering, but there it was. Just over 32,000 miles on it, the body and interior in great shape and a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. The price was where I needed it to be and the deal was struck. Driving this car has been fantastic. No wonder Consumer Reports raved about this engine. Plenty (and I mean 'plenty') of muscle out of the blocks, but upwards of 30mph on the freeway. Great audio, seats, performance, navigation and all of that, but the car is just flat out a blast to drive. Whoever broke in the engine on the first 30,000 miles, thank you! The car drives like a dream and the transmission shifts like butter. I suppose one could always be happier, but I'm at a loss as to how I could be with a car purchase from what I saw out there.