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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.
Is this what we pay fifty large for?
Pros: The seamless connectivity of all parts of the driving experience.
Cons: The high cost of admission$50,000 seems like an awful lot of money for a car that doesn't do most of the things one traditionally associates with a daily driver particularly well. It doesn't hold kids and their things in comfort with DVD players and storage bins and cupholders. It doesn't carry a 4' X 8' sheet of plywood. It doesn't even haul groceries very well...BUT, the trip to school, the big box store or the grocery is one incredibly sweet ride for the person lucky enough to be the daily driver. On the rare occasion when you can find a road that will let you go and stop with enthusiasm, you will never find a car that is more subtley rewarding to make go and stop than the BMW 335 coupe with a manual transmission. The reward is immediate. The car is the automobile equivalent of some of the great harmonious, synchronized teams in history; the grace of Astaire and Rogers, the perfect pitch of k.d. Lang, the speed, power and athleticism of the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls...it all works together. The daily driver gets the reward. But you always need to ask yourself whether the occasional satisfaction of an open road and a very satisfying car is worth the 50 large cost of admission. I can't help but believe that 2 VW GTI's would offer almost the equivalent driving satisfaction and make me feel a lot better about having spent my $50,000 more wisely.