What's the used BMW 3 Series sports like?
The BMW 3 Series convertible is a four-seater that drives pretty much as nicely as the acclaimed saloon it's based on, suffering little from the shimmying and shaking that afflict other drop-tops.
The driving position is good and all major controls respond crisply. The steering is sharp and there's plenty of grip provided the the tyres are good.
The excellent hood keeps out rain and road noise, and you should be able to find one with electric operation, which was an option on most models. The manual hood is a nuisance to work, but there's less to go wrong.
Mechanically, the Convetible is the same as other 3 Series models, so spare parts are easy to obtain and there are plenty of specialist garages to fix it at fair prices. It'll last well and cover huge mileages if cared for.
The Convertible soldiered on for a couple of years after the 3 Series saloon it's based on was replaced in 1998, so the newest ones are registered in 2000, with an X-plate.