I have a 320 convertible, 57 reg. I bought it, having had long second thoughts after reading some of the reviews.
And... its not practical at all, its not massively fast and it was expensive.
But folks, its gorgeous in black with its silver trim. The styling with the roof down is stunning and I have been indulging in Winter 07 roof down driving in the sunshine - as in the front seats there is such good protection from back drafts. Even my hugely sceptical and warmth loving wife had to agree that the temperature in the passenger seat was fine with an outside air temp of 4.5c.
No leaks. No fuel pump issues (yet). Only slight "boom" and only below 20mph (I prob wouldnt have noticed it but for the review on here I read). Quiet inside on the motorway. Economy satisfactory (averaging 39 mpg at 78 mph London to Birmingham) on the m40. I drove in the snow this week and through torrential rain, and it hugged the road amazingly well. Better than u might expect.
I have owned some great new cars in my life, Alfa selespeed, MGF, Lexus sport, BMW 330 Coupe, Celica. But this, despite me choosing a smaller engine, is my favourite.
I recommend it - unless u need to get a pram in it that is.
I took delivery of this car new in September, having traded in the 330 convertible that I have had from new for over 6 years.
The new car, like the old, is a GT rather than out and out 'racer'. As such, with new metal roof, it has the disadvantage of much more restricted boot space. We used the previous car for numerous tours (Scandinavia, Italy/Sicily, South of France etc) and always fitted all our luggage in the boot, even while using roof down: not in this one!
We had a rattle from the car with the roof down but the dealer sorted it out at the first go. There were no problems with rattles, even with the stiffened suspension, 19-inch wheels, and minimal scuttle/shake.
We have done 2000 miles so far, consistently getting 27.3mpg (335i), so that's not bad.
So far then, it's as good as expected, within its known limitations. Yes, it's expensive, but is it worth it? To me, yes!
The 335i is a great car to look at and can be fun to drive. I have owned the car for 4 months and during this time I have had constant problems with rattling/squeeking from the rear of the car. After 4 trips to the garage this has now been fixed.... well for most of the time. I now have an intermitent rattle/squeek which is even harder to sort. I also have constant clicking noises from both front windows suggesting they do not fit correctly (having being replaced due to faulty window seals). I would be interested to hear if anyone else is having the same/similar problems. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
message to Neil Payne (10/09/2007) i would be interested if you do have a new roof fitted as i would like you to forward me the dealers telephone number or address. could you email me at email@example.com thanks.
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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!