A superb car
The tyres wear quite quickly compared to my Audi 80. They are sticky Pirelli P7s, so that may have something to do with it!
Clutch is hard to judge when the car gets hot/after a few miles.
ABS light has come on permanently, not dangerous, but I need to look into it.
No other problems at all.
A superb car, I can see why people enthuse about the 3 Series BMW.
The handling is excellent, the grip is prodigious, the ride very smooth.
The engine is creamy smooth and does not increase in volume even right up to the rev. limiter.
The seats are very comfortable even if they do not look all that special.
This being the Coupe, I can get quite a bit of stuff in the surprisingly large boot. The reason for this, is that the back seats fold down as standard, unlike the saloon's.
The dashboard is very clearly laid-out and driver oriented, but the overall design 'attractiveness' of it is not in the same class as the Audi 80 (1988 model) that I used to own.
The other thing is that the car attracts a lot of nice comments from friends and strangers alike. I have had people come up to me and offer to buy it pretty much on the spot.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th August, 2002