Good-looking reliable performer - all you need
Alternator belt holder flew off while driving. Purely my fault for not replacing it when purchased the car.
Speedometer has started showing random things, but somehow fixed itself 2 days later. No problems anymore.
So basically nothing wrong with the car itself whatsoever.
The car is a perfect example of BMW engineering. It has been built 14 years ago, but after being well looked-after, the Coupe is still a head turner and above all an amazingly great performer.
For certain reasons I had to buy an automatic, but the disadvantages of this gearbox are easily compensated by the 192 horses under the hood. The pull is so excellent, it's really hard to keep yourself within the speed limits. 0-100 km/h is easily achieved in 9 seconds. I took it out to a 4000 km trip to Germany. Entire distance was driven in the speeds varying from 160 to 240 km/h. The gears apparently are quite long, because while at 210 the tachometer shows only slightly over 4k rpm. And only mere 5k rpm when driving at 240. So knowing there's still a thousand revs left until the redline, I assume it can easily exceed 250 km/h barrier. All that without a minor breakdown. Think of another affordable vehicle with that kind of performance and reliability.
It also survived the track test brilliantly. The over-steer caused by rear wheel drive is easily killed with a light opposite steer. It handles absolutely perfectly. Lapping Nurburgring Nordschleife was a sheer driving pleasure, just like BMW itself says.
Expensive pleasure though. With me at the wheel, in city area it consumes nearly 15 liters / 100 km, while out on the freeway with constant 140 km/h, it's easy to stay within 8-10. So relatively economic on the other hand too.
Backseat space isn't perfect. But if you look at it with the Coupe standard in mind, it's a real limo. In other cars of that kind, there is literally no leg space in the back, while in this BMW 4 people can travel really easily. Maybe not around the world and not like in a sedan, but surely better than in any other Coupe I can think of.
After all the 10.000 km in total that I've driven it (and I've driven it really, really hard), it still works like brand new. Absolutely flawless.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th August, 2006