Fast, reliable, good looking... surprisingly reasonable to run
Roof motor failed when car was 6 years old. This was replaced under warranty by BMW (a separate policy I had taken out).
Other than that, nothing aside from usual tyre/brake replacement, in line with expected wear and tear.
This car gives a great combination of looks, performance, reliability, affordable running costs and driving entertainment.
Firstly; the performance. Mine has the 231 BHP 3.0 litre engine. Yes, there are quicker cars out there, but it goes well, is quick off the mark, pulls happily even at high speeds, and the engine sounds great too.
It's also fun to drive. The run flat tyres do have a habit of "pulling" a little on certain road surfaces, but overall it handles well, and on a good "B" road, with the roof down, it cannot fail to put a smile on my face!
For this type of car, I've found it incredibly reasonable to run. I use my local BMW dealership where the service is always excellent. It generally advises c15k miles between services, which on my mileage lasts for 2 years, at which point I get it serviced regardless of mileage. The standard service only costs around £300 though. Obviously brake/tyre replacement is more pricey than a family hatchback, but other that that, it's been amazing reasonable to run.
On a long drive I can get 35 MPG. Obviously around town/on short blasts it's a lot lower - but even then I still see 20+ MPG.
It's not let me down once. As you'd expect, you get BMW reliability and build quality.
My only complaint would be the alloys (mine has the 108's). They have corroded badly and are now in need of a full (and probably quite expensive) refurb.
Other than that, a great car.
It can be driven hard for fun, or can easily do long journeys in comfort. You can even get a decent amount in the boot!
I will be keeping mine for a good while longer, and would happily own another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th January, 2013