1999 BMW 3 Series 323i E36 Convertible 2.5 from UK and Ireland
Old school classic convertible, for cruising, not for racing
One of the locking nuts seized on a wheel, and a rear spring was broken on a pothole; neither really to do with the quality of the car.
Other than this, no problems.
Leather needs looking after; I suspect it might wear quickly.
Hood benefits from frequent water and U.V. proofing.
I miss an outside temp display.
Nicely specced with leather, digital climate / air con.
Suspect it's not as solid as an E36 coupe, but it's not bad at all for a convertible.
Exudes old school charm; still prefer the style over the later 3 series.
Boot is a bit on the small side. I like the lid mounted toolbox, spare wheel well storage tray, etc.
Interior did take a bit of getting used to, as it's all black with a black headliner, but I quite like it now.
A few nice thoughtful touches, like the torch in the glove box, and the ICE speed dependent volume control.
Handles well, auto box took a bit of getting used to, but it's five speed, probably old hat now though.
Bodywork lasting very well, no rust problems at all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th January, 2011