2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci convertible 3.0 DOHC I6 from North America
Gorgeous, solid, fun-to-drive 4-place convertible
Nothing in last 7000 miles.
A week out in the rain caused some temporary misfiring; weak spark coil or wiring?
M-style 17 in alloy wheels were dinged up and out of round when purchased and had to be replaced to get good balance.
Front control arm bushings were destroyed with the wheels. Took me 6 mo to figure out what was loose in there. Previous owner must have ignored potholes.
This is a truly beautiful machine and perfect for someone who likes a roadster, but needs a back seat and trunk at times. It is fun just to look at with smooth lines and those big shiny brakes exposed by open alloy wheels. Small touches like the auto-leveling xenon headlamps, numerous courtesy lights, auto-dipping passenger side rear view mirror, outstandingly tight and well-designed convertible top that stows under a hinged panel, all make for a very special automobile.
It's a heavier, stiffer (with sport suspension) and more solid car than the small roadsters, or a Sebring. But it moves out smartly when asked, and corners with no body roll and perfectly neutral steering. All controls are moderately powered for excellent road feel. The brakes are the smoothest, lightest and most powerful I've ever encountered.
The simple gauges hark back to classic sports cars and the straight DOHC six sounds like a classic Jag or Healey, only better. Even the starter sounds unusually robust, like that of a truck engine. This car is so much fun it really will have you taking the long way home. These days, it is significant that this hot rod gets 22 mpg in town and 30 mpg on the highway.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th January, 2008
26th Jan 2009, 21:12
One of the best cars I have owned next to my '76 2002 (which I bought for $7000 in '77 and sold 9 years later for $5000). I have mixed opinions on the auto, it is fun but I wish I had the manual, except of course that I probably would be dead now. I took a quick look at what might suffice as a new replacement car but just can't find the blend of design, finish, and compliments per mile (in the summer). Even the traction control is a blast. Just turn it off in the winter and.. wow, just like my old '68 Firebird going sideways!
2nd Jun 2009, 19:54
How is the car now? I'm thinking of purchasing an 01', I'm just wondering how the car is like 8 years from your purchase. And how many miles have you put on it? And what would you recommend looking at for this particular vehicle?