2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0 from North America
Don't get the manual transmission
Navigation system had to be replaced when the car was 1 month old.
This car has a manual transmission, and has the most difficult clutch I have ever encountered in any car. It's practically undrivable for anyone who isn't used to it, even if you are familiar with driving manual. I installed a clutch stop to reduce the clutch travel, which makes it marginally easier, and also had the clutch control valve eliminated by a mechanic, which also helps, but it remains hypersensitive and very difficult to control. The clutch travel is nonlinear and unstable - in other words, it tends to "pop" back up when released.
Also, the parking brake has no holding power, and the dealership says it can't be adjusted.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 10th May, 2011
11th May 2011, 08:59
I am sorry, that doesn't ring right with me. Search the Bimmer forums and heavens, don't take it to that dealer of yours. I bet there are reasonable solutions for your car's issues.
11th May 2011, 14:55
Agree with the first comment. The BMW has one of the sweetest clutch actions around, and park brakes can be adjusted, unless the mechanism is worn, in which case it is a simple job to renew.
26th Oct 2011, 12:32
BMW hydraulic clutches generally aren’t that easy to use compared to other makes, but unless you’re just not used to a manual, they’re not that bad. Remove the clutch delay valve and bleed any air out of the system, and it’ll be fine – if you want even more feel, install a braided clutch line.