I went from having an e46 which was the best car I'd ever had prior to owning two Saabs. It was my 21st present to myself. I got to 115,000kms and it was a cabrio 325ci. I paid 37 and sold it for 23. Not bad for 3 years of ownership and over 50,000kms. This was not my first BMW experience like this. I then fell in love with the styling of Audi A5 and the handling felt like silk. I owned my A5 and paid 46K, barely did any kms in it and the price plummeted in 12 months. The engine mount fell out at 30,000kms, oil leaks you name it, the window reg...ulators even dropped. I then decided to get an F30 which I ordered from Sydney to go back to what I knew as familiar and reliable. WHOLLY MOLLEY! this car had better economy then my Moms Honda Jazz!. The technology was simply amazing, the bluetooth was crystal clear, the sat nav was incredibly reliable. However voice command was about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike. All in all this was the BEST car i have ever had. I sold it at 92,000kms for 29K after paying 37 for it with 50,000kms. Once again they maintained their value. Only reason I sold it is I get bored of cars quickly however this car was maximum customer satisfaction! NOT 1 problem up to 100,000kms, cheap parts cheap to run. Only thing I didn't like was the interior was slightly less quality than the e46. I do read that most of these are South African assembled however when I opened the door handle it said it had german compliance. Maybe that had something to do with it. PROS - Incredibly reliable, economical car, longer wheelbase = plenty leg room in the back, mind blowing technology, cheap to run, cheap for parts, comfortable to drive, easy to use cruise control system, good value for money. CONS- Interior quality has suffered, gear shift trim and door ware. The car is a bit slimy looking. It has a real slick look to it which i found embarrassing and a bit ostentatious, this was my main reason for getting rid of it. I work in real estate and im really sick of people looking at my car and making comments like " you're a shark" or "I bet we paid for that".
I recently purchase a 320i F30 Msport.
Amazing to drive. The gear change is so smooth.
The exterior is sleek and eye catching.
The interior gives you a sophisticated feel.
Running costs are a bit higher due to the type of vehicle however if you're worried about this then you probably shouldn't own a BMW.
Bmw Navigation - Expensive Annual Cash Drain Or Not Up To Date
Yes I have navigation in my BMW 3 series. It does not update unless you visit a BMW dealer and pay them $500. Fortunately the Navigation panel is the exact size of the iPhone and that can be held with a rubber band around the screen. Updated by Apple constantly for free and is much more user friendly than the clunky BMW one and saves $500 a year.
Excellent car but expensive
I have this car since 2 years. Excellent car, nice interior.
Driving with this car is very pleasant. Nice options are included. Example : automatic car boot opening when passing the foot under the car.
But the price is very expensive !
I have news & internet in the car but you can only see a few titles when running. It's better for security but it's complicate to use it.
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Love my amazing 320d
For long time, when talking about a diesel car, I would think of van or truck. But when I test drove my 320d, it's just amazing, smooth, really give you some more kick compare to normal 320i, and fuel economy is much better. The sports line I got which add some more stylish trimming and better leather. Front and back leg room is enough for 4~5 ~180cm guys to sit reasonably comfortable, but don't expect as generous as 5 series. The down side would be the stop-start on the 320d give quite noticeable noise and kick when restarting, another one is the suspension is pretty firm given that it's a sport line, not comfortable enough if doing a long drive.
Just picked up a 2013 316i very nice ex demo, I had a 320i which was traded in. The new car is a step up from my old car. Very good ride: comfort, good steering, very supportive seats, a well laid out dash and easy to read. Plenty of bells and whistles make this a good buy. Having looked at the competition I must admit I do like BMW.
Solid car great to drive
The perfect upmarket executive vehicle
I don't about you but when I buy a new car, I want it to work in every way but also to have style and to make me feel good and everyone I get in it, and the 320d does that for me. Plenty of power with frugality thrown in, size is ideal for 2-4 people and the fact that nothing goes wrong is a real bonus for me.
Not hassles, frugal on fuel, stylish.
Initial costs maybe?
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