Thermostat had to be replaced.
Heater hose cracked.
Power steering hose replaced.
Driver's side window regulator needs replacing.
Sunroof is temperamental.
Interior is just showing wear and tear.
Design - Absolutely timeless! The paint job comes up like a gem when cleaned, and I have it riding on a set of motorsport rims, so it's definitely a head turner.
Build Quality - A solid ride for a 16 year old car.
Handling - I don't drive the car hard, so I wouldn't know how it is with out of the ordinary driving, but the brake and steering response is excellent, and it's an easy car to drive.
Interior - Probably the most modern feature of the car is the fact that is has so many features that would have evolved in newer model Japanese/European/Australian cars. BMW really sets the standard for car makers out there to explore innovation with their interior design.
Engine and Transmission - You can feel the engine has a bit of get-up, but with it towing such a heavy car, the performance leaves a lot to be desired, especially in an auto!
Electrics - The most convenient thing about the electrics is when locking your car and leaving a window ajar, it will close all of those windows. If the window is left completely open, it will leave it half way up. However, this is where the age shows the most: The stacker is playing up, sunroof opens, but doesn't close at times. *Touch wood*, that's about all for now.
Verdict - I love the car. Its design, simplicity and timeless design really would appeal to anyone wanting to buy a quality used BMW. Being an overall robust car, it is showing signs of age, so it would be ideal to have one checked over, as it can get pricey to fix bits and pieces.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st March, 2011