I have owned 3 series convertiblle for three years , for an expensive car it is slugish compared to other 2 litre cars I have driven and the fuel econemy is dreadful, It has an auto box,on the motoway in cruise control it returns a measly 21 mpg at 70 mph compared to stated 34 mpg bmw have told me I need to drive at 55 mph to get their figures, even at that speed it return no more than 26 mpg. A very disapointing vehicle
I purchased this car in preference to other similar models partly due to the impressive mpg. I have struggled to obtain 34mpg (compared with a claimed 42). My last four cars have all delivered their claimed "combined" mpg so it is a big disappointment. However, the handling is a joy and there is plenty of power.
I have had the odd drip through a join in the roof but this stopped (at least it has so far) when I put the roof down and back up again - I guess a millimetre either way can be somewhat crucial.
No fuel pump problems yet. If I was ordering again I would go for 325 or 330 frankly.
Great car - what a shame about the convertible roof.
I took delivery of the car immediately after launch before the end of March this year. The car looks great and drives great, we can get the kids in the back and there is enough room for them.
I'm a bit disappointed with the paint finish, metallic black, as it is very orange-peel but the huge problem which is driving me insane is the convertible roof.
The roof has failed to lock down and has had all of the hydraulics replaced once but the major issue is the rattling and vibration with any sort of driving on a less than perfect road.
Despite many efforts to fix the problem, the dealer has not yet cracked it and is now talking about a completely new roof.
This is totally spoiling for me what is a great car and I am not far off from chucking the keys back.
I've now had my new 330iSE for 10 days and I must say that I am mightily impressed. Running it in over the last 1000 miles has displayed superb build quality, refinement and actually a very good ride on optional 18 inch wheels. So far I have averaged nearly 33mpg which is pretty good for a 3 litre straight 6. My local dealer (Bath) has been very helpful.
I also think that thinking of it as a coupe that you can occasionally lower the roof of sets a realistic expectation in our wonderful summer weather (!). Given this I have managed to lower and raise the roof without problem and it gives me the impression of impressive engineering quality and design.
What can I say: overall I think this is a fantastic car. Can I also add that I am extraordinarily pleased about having opted for Monaco Blue with the brown Saddle Leather. A very elegant combination in my opinion. Not as boring as black and a darn sight easier to live with and more elegant than cream leather.
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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!