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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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21 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Convertible.
  • 330Ci SE 2dr

    Paul Bates , Warwickshire . Date: 11/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A superb car to drive as we are a family of four it offers me real practicality with an open top. My wife drives the family car - a Discovery.

    Engine is great and the exhaust note is brilliant. The interior is superb with good-quality material used. Fuel costs are as expected with around 27mpg - not bad for a 330.

    My 11 year old son loves it and puts the top down more than me, however the rear seats are unbearable with the top down as it is too cold - good job i am the driver

    The downside is the reliability - it is two years old with 22K on the clock. I have had numerous issues with it. A burnt out harness resulted in the car being off road for 1.5 weeks with no replacement car and the interior have to be completely stripped out; Inoperative door locks/fuel filler cap; Roof struts leaking and damage to the tonneau cover as a result; Steering wheel cover that came unstitched; Squeaks and rattles from the roof; Door locks that are stiff to use, especially for the kids; Renewed brake discs and pads due to corrosion from the vehicle standing for five weeks, BMW think this is acceptable I got a bill for approx £320. Overall a lovely car to drive but never buy one as there are too many issues. I fail to see how BMW holds onto its good name in the market place.

  • 320Ci SE 2dr

    yusuf jehangir Date: 10/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased a BMW convertible as soon as the facelift model was released, sold it, due to going abroad and as soon as I returned to the UK I got myself another. The reason was simple, the car drove like a go kart, looked superb and whenever the roof was down I had a glimpse of what life must be like for a movie star driving down Hollywood Boulevard. OK, so that’s how I felt about the experience but what was the car like to drive. Well the 170bhp was more than enough for most competitors at the lights in central London. The ride was firm, beautifully weighted and the car hugged the road superbly. Inside the cabin, the controls were ergonomically faultless although the leather seats had to be replaced twice and the aftersales care received was less than satisfactory. The 2+2 seats were adequate for cruising but less so with two adults in the back. The high side pillars make blindspots a worrying factor in busy traffic and the low seating position leaves you vulnerable amongst envious drivers in their suburban 4x4s. However, you don’t buy a convertible for its practicality and the BMW is the king of the soft-top world. If you want to feel like a movie star for a little over 30k and can live with a small boot than I would recommend selling your soul or body to get your hands on one!!!

  • 318Ci SE 2dr

    Chris Donovan , . Date: 11/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my wife's car. I sold her diesel Passat estate to buy it and, despite us having two small children, it really does work well as a family car. The boot is big enough for all our stuff for the weekends away when we have preferred to use it instead of my company Mondeo estate.

    The dealer is absolutely appalling, and offers very little product support. The handover was: "Here's the key, it's parked over there." My wife collected it alone, and I expected better. The two small issues we have had were dealt with very badly. I bought the car partly because I expected a good-quality car with good-quality support. We do not have time to deal with a bad car or a bad dealer.

    I thought I would regret not buying the 320Ci for performance reasons, but it's better than I expected - mid-range torque is very good, even if it does lack a bit in terms of out-and-out go. What I do regret is that it sounds like an angry washing machine when beaten.

    My wife does not like the attention she gets (she says). The silver with a blue roof is fantastic, but grey upholstry is really grim - my wife did not want leather, and black trim with silver paint and blue roof would, I thought, have looked worse.

    I'm not sure about the image. Here in northern Italy, it's a trust-fund child's car. In the UK it is a bit "menopausal west Londoner".

    Would I recommend it? Without hesitation.

  • 325Ci SE 2dr

    Bill Burgess Date: 02/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It's a great car for the value the only problem is moving from this to a family car and there is no choice around unless anyone can prove me otherwise?

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