1997 BMW 3 Series 328i 4 cylinder from North America
Fun when it works, but high maintenance and failures are unacceptable. Avoid
The radiator failed 3 times - the car overheated and had to be towed 3 times.
Some interior trim pieces fell off.
The key became very difficult to turn in the ignition to start the car.
The interior leather cracked.
The car had lots of rattles.
There was some failure every 3 months or so -- the A/C, the radio, the headlights, lots of dashboard electronics issues. Each repair took the car out of service and was very costly to repair -- $1,000 minimum each time. I couldn't afford to keep it.
It was extraordinarily expensive to buy, operate, and maintain.
This car had a clean history report when I bought it.
When it worked, it was a fun driver's car.
The car was well equipped.
The multitude of issues and high cost of repair, ownership, and regular failures were not worth it.
The service manager suggested I should buy the extended warranty.
I sold it "as is" to another person like me who was seduced by the BMW allure.
I will never own a BMW outside of a full warranty, and unless it was some incredible, amazing deal, I don't think I'd own another BMW.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th January, 2014