2005 BMW 3 Series 325 Convertible from North America
Still a good car, but less of an obvious leader
Roof operation extremely noisy.
Temperamental "Automatic" windshield wipers.
Rain gushes through open window at soft roof juncture.
Lots of new gadgets, such as parking radar, swivel rear view side mirror etc, but the quality construction and the craftsmanship have gone down. Still a safe car with good, if expensive, performance, but not as reliable as in the past.
A recent discussion with a BMW headquarters manager revealed a little known secret, i.e. reportedly the fact that many US bound cars are now made in South Africa, in a plant where Quality Control may not be as rigorous as in Germany.
At a time when Mercedes has undergone massive quality and image problems, but has addressed them successfully (says the NY Times on July 10, 2005), BMW might be inspired to take note before its image is really tarnished.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 11th July, 2005
22nd Oct 2005, 03:42
Mercedes Benz cars are also made in South Africa for export and it is BMW that has gained the better reputation for quality (in South Africa) in recent times.
14th Feb 2009, 22:30
Whats the maintenance costs? Since I read it was 5/10?
Oh yeah, does it cost more to maintain the convertible than the coupe?
15th Feb 2009, 16:16
When I went looking at 3 series recently, everyone one of them was labeled with where it came from, either Germany or South Africa. It was not at all hidden, very easy to find. It was a 50/50 mix in the lot I was looking in.