I have owned the new "hard top" 325i SE convertible for the last couple of months. Ever wondered why the launch of this fantastic car was accompanied by virtually no advertising or other media presence? Answer - it has an inherent fault that in my case put it off the road after 900 miles & it has been in the garage for the last 3 weeks. The problem is apparently a faulty high pressure fuel pump & BMW are refusing to say when an upgraded one will be available. A review of various BMW owner websites in the USA shows that this is a major problem in the US and it is becoming one here in the UK - the dealer who has my car has two others with the same problem! This is my 6th BMW but it may well be my last - BMW are being unbelievably unhelpful & I am considering my legal rights as I type this review. It is a great shame that such a small part can totally let down what has the potential to be the best 3 series convertible ever - why don't they test these new models more thoroughly before releasing them? If I remember correctly, it is a fantastic car to drive but what is the use of that if one small part can put it off the road indefinitely? Come on BMW get your act together and start shipping a redesigned fuel pump before you lose any more credibility!
This is my fourth BMW - but the first car I have ever bought 'new' and for cash (partly because I haven't been able to afford the kind of cars I like and also because I hate losing money on cars!) It drives like a dream and everyone who sees it loves its looks (from an ex-rally driver to my 70-year old non-driving mother!) Fuel consumption is averaging an excellent 32mpg so far, after 4wks; this is a real surprise after getting 30mpg in my previous car, a 2002 325 M sport saloon. I only considered the convertible because of the addition of the hard top - two cars for the price of one. I can't fault it.
I've test driven this for 3 days and decided to buy. Currently have a 525 SE auto which I love and it has to be some car for me to change. I previously tested the CLK 280 Sport, which is impressive, but no where near this. The sporty appearance when the hard top is up is is great - to the unaware they dont even realise its a convertible, a feature I like. It has far more headroom than the CLK and the vision from all angles is superior. It is so smooth to drive and the 3.0 litre engine is more than capable. This car is a head turner to look at and for me certainly delivers in the drive.
I had a few longish drives in the 335i convertible and coupe, the 330i coupe and the 335d coupe, and have ordered a 330i SE Convertible with the new non-turbo charged 3 litre engine (272hp and 34 mpg) - which should be a fantastic car and quite possibly the best real life pick of the range (especially with low depreciation, fixed 5 year maintenance costs and a good compromise on CO2/VED costs - you just don't know what Gordon will do next year with group G!! (335i)). I thought this car is staggeringly capable, fantastically engineered and built, and brilliant to drive. So good in fact that I bought one! I do think though that the launch cars are specced up a little gaudily so I'm also hoping that the spec I've selected will be very elegant and relatively timeless. I've had various 3 series, 5 series, Merc SLK, Landrovers and all sorts - and I can't wait.
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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!