What is it like?

Used BMW 3 Series Convertible (98 - 07) review

(1998 - 2007)
BMW 3 Series Convertible (98 - 07)
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What's the used BMW 3 Series sports like?

The BMW 3 Series Convertible is totally classy, whichever model you choose and no matter how old it is. The interior and dash are just like those in any 3 Series of the era – well-made and efficient, if sombre. The driving position is spot-on and the positioning of the controls is A1, too, although the stereo switches are fiddly.

The cabin is spacious, but strictly for four (not five) and the boot space is reduced once you've dropped the electrically operated roof.

Driving with the roof down is a serene experience, although rear seat passengers are a little exposed to the wind at speed. Put the hood up, and it's so quiet you could almost kid yourself you were in a 3 Series Coupe, the Convertible's closest tin-topped relation.

Step into one straight from a Coupe, though, and you'll notice that the extra bracing fitted to limit the body shake also adds enough weight to obviously limit the car's performance. Press on, and you will also be able to feel the body flexing through the steering. It's only slight, admittedly, but it's there, and that might put off some people.