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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 M Sport 2dr

    Niroshan Sivathasan , Kent . Date: 25/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is an excellent car to drive - and to travel in. The first-class image, with beautifully flowing lines, is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's face!

    Roadholding and handling is superb. The engine noise of the 330ci is peerless - and gives the car a presence even at very low revs. Great acceleration.

    My car has almost all of the key extra options, including an uprated soundsystem and satellite navigation, that truly finish the car. Remember to get the heated seats too! Avoid the manual, and opt for the automatic transmission or the SMG!

    A good four-seater, unlike many of it's rivals. Brilliant to drive, and simply awesome in the sun with the top down! Be the envy of all around you.

  • 318Ci M Sport 2dr

    Doorgesh Gowreesunkur Date: 06/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A beautiful car... excellent to drive and with very good performance for a 2.0-litre engine.

    The major down side however is with the dealership. I was not satisfied with their service at all. The car with all its options added up to a substantial amount, and there were a few defects in the car, such few very minor dents on the bodywork, the alarm which kept ringing for no reason (middle of the night!!) and a very annoying ticking noise at the back of the car, in the region of the rear seat.

    Despite being at the dealership several times, the issue was not resolved and no other compensation was given despite a courtsey car. No fuel costs or other expenditure were covered such as time off work etc, and the journey for me to the dealership was a long way!!

    However, another dealership was much better and recently, the alarm was fixed by them, with a new replacement model by BMW. The ticking noise has not disappeared, it keeps coming on and off, but got to learn to live with it.

    Overall, the car is lovely looking and great to drive. However, you would not expect such things especially with a brand new car from BMW.

    So, my advice is do not take anything for granted, check what you buy for even if it's 'brand new'.

  • 330Ci M Sport 2dr

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

    My car

    From the moment you lower yourself down behind the wheel, to when you turn the key and hear the velvety 6 cylinder, 3.0-litre engine growl; you will have a smile on your face and a buzz in your gut.

    As the sports seats hug your sides, you start to appreciate the outstanding build quality around you. Every detail has been painstakingly designed for your pleasure and convenience.

    As you pull away, the harmonised partnership between power and refinement becomes evident. The turning of heads as you cruise through towns and stop at junctions makes your feel special.

    Despite their popularity, they are still a car that young boys yearn for, and grown men desire. The ride is firm yet comfortable and the steering is direct and responsive, even a high speeds. Cruising in the 330 is a delight. Cabin noise is restricted to the sound of the tyres on the road and the slight purr of the engine.

    Add a few passengers, and you can still ride with comfort. With a very generous boot, family days out can easily be accommodated. If I were to deem anything negative about the car, it would be the thirsty fuel consumption. I have found it difficult to achieve any better than 19mpg around town, and 30mpg on a long motorway run.

    Although damaging to the wallet and slightly to the environment, it is by no means a show stopper. In summary, this is a fantastic car. It possesses the attributes to suit the need for practicality, speed and quality, at a reasonable price.

  • 330Ci SE 2dr

    Andy Michael , Kent . Date: 11/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned old Truimph convertibles previously and 3-series (coupes) this convertible is too good to be true.

    It is excellent visually (avoiding the pram hood raised look of many of its competitors), has the build quality expected and is a great drive. With almost non-existent 'scuttle shake' and rear-wheel it proves capable of being pushed quite hard.

    It really comes in to its own for touring and has proved great fun through the Alps, the Fjords of Norway and the curves of the Amalfi coast. I love driving this car!

    Boot space is compromised by the roof towage but this can be raised when required and is able to store a fair amount.

    Irritating omissions for me are no lights on the doors when they are opened, only ONE rear fog light (the other is empty which is cost cutting gone mad).

    I would definitely buy another, unless the new 3-series looks like the 5-series...

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