I purchased a new 330d coupe auto in May 2007 having driven an Audi A4 2.5 tdi Convertible for 3 yrs. Prior to that I had a 530d sport. However I have to say when you compare the BMW Coupe against the Audi it is in a different league! Performance is breathtaking (already picked up another ticket!) and economical, 45mpg on motorways (I do proper tests, the computer is about 1mpg out!) and have not had less than 40 - better than the Audi. So I love it and always gives me a thrill when I see it parked and the anticipation of driving it. On the downside very little really except as usual the BMW seats can be a bit firm and what others have said i.e. the run flat tyres are very hard (thank goodness I didn't go for the sports suspension or the 19" wheels!) and the tramline effect sometimes can be disconcerting. Still way that up against the safety benefits of run flat tyres and you soon forget about it and you look forward to those winding roads or cruising at over the legal limit still only doing 2,000 rpm! From a practical point of view the folding back seats are bril and I can get all my scuba diving kit in there easily. Overall a great car and one that I would have no hesitation in recommending and the acid test - yes I would have another one!
This was my first foray into 'premium' motoring, having driven Astras and other more shall we say 'common' makes previously. The car I traded in was a 1.8 S-reg Toyota Avensis so the driveability of this machine was markedly improved on that.
This car is sienna red, with a spoiler on the back, 19-inch alloy wheels, rain sensors, light beige leather and myrtle trim. Even in its eighth year (it is a V-reg 1999) it looks superb and with all the toys makes it hard to beat even in modern normal cars.
I am finally selling mine to buy a 325 convertible, but it will be with a tear in my eye when I see her finally go. She has taken me reliably for over 30,000 miles without a single hitch and apart from the main dealer servicing costs, has not cost me too much either.
People have mentioned to me that these cars are so very common now, and I had thought about a CLK or an Audi A4 or even a Saab 9-3 (feels like driving a 20-year old Ford with the lovely hard plasticky trim) but at the end of the day these cars are common not because they are cheap) but because they are reliable, have a great image and are very quick and fantastic to drive.
If you can afford one, buy one. You will not regret it!
I have recently purchased a 320 ci coupe motor sport. The car is fantastic to drive. I tested the petrol & diesel and the performance was pretty equal but I went for the petrol as the engine sounds so sweet. It goes round corners with total ease and accelarates well (0-60mpg in about 8 seconds). Does about 23mps around town but I don't do a huge amount of mileage. I paid £23k but when you think a Golf 2.0 tdi costs about 20k, no comparison!
I've just bought this car - I part-exchanged a VW Golf GT TDI. What a revelation it is - now I know what all the fuss is about>
It's a great car, and it oozes quality. The more I drive it, the more I want to. I have not felt like this about a car for a long time. I am looking into chipping it - if I do, it will be perfect.
To anyone thing of buying this car, take it for a long test drive. I warn you, afterwards you won't want to give it back.
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