This car is a great deal of fun. Over the first few thousand miles I questioned the harshness of the ride, however this does ease up and is then very good. I have covered 1500kms in a single stretch and arrived feeling great.
There is no doubt that this car is a real hoot, my children loved it, despite there being little room in the back in combination with child booster seats, and were miffed when I sold it.
I would certainly buy another, and had no reliability issues, though if you get a Friday car from a manufacturer (or a Monday car, as they describe it Germany) I sympathise, as this was my experience with Mercedes, who, with the exception of one dealer, were a uniform combination of unhelpful, incompetent and expensive.
Quite apart from the great driving experience, the BMW has noteworthy xenon lights; truly better than anything I have used before or since. Did I mention the engine noise of the six cylinder? Those contemplating a diesel should continue to their nearest Massey Ferguson franchise!
Minus points would include the grey leather interior. Due to wide sills, it tends to attract scuffs (notably on my wife's side...). I would advocate black. The fake carbon fibre trim is absolute rubbish, and looks cheap and seemingly marks merely by looking at it. Go for wood. The 135M wheels look great, but be really careful as it is easy to kerb them, and if you do, you may be in for a new tyre.
I would have them anyway, but be prepared for some tearful moments.
I have had this car since February 2005, and have had nothing but problems with it.
First, the door windows were not fitted properly, then there appeared various bumps and noises which became louder and louder (BMW admit it is excessive). I have been back to BMW over 10 times, and I am not impressed with the car or the quality of aftersales (once they have your money, they cant be bothered).
I am going back again soon - now the alarm doesn't work in cold weather and the windows still rattle.
My advise is never by a BMW convertible - they look good and drive well, but are not worth all the hassle and expense that come with them. Also, unless you are 3ft tall, the ride in the back is rubbish.
I wanted to get a convertible again after getting rid of my 2004 CLK (not all it's cracked up to be). With the diesel returning very reasonable fuel economy, I couldn't resist. After taking it for a drive I purchased it.
It looks great and has all the goodies I look for in a car, and would recommend it to anyone.
The only gripe I would have is that if you want the automatic locks to work, it has to be done by the dealership at a cost of £40. It would have been better if the customer could do it for themselves.
I have ahd the car for about 3 month. I've always wanted a BMW.
The car handles great -it's very practical for me & my son. The only down side the cost of keeping car on the road. BMW will not put the car on their warrant. It only lapsed about 3 month before I bought it. They said it was out of their time allocation. That's fine when buyin new but they should also look after the used car buyer.
I have already had to replace the alarm system - I can only take it to them as they have the diagnostic equipment.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!