If you crave precise handling…. This is the car for you
My car is still under warranty, so I didn’t pay anything for the problems.
The only problem I've had so far in the past 5000 miles, is that in really cold weather, the steering wheel squeals (squeaks), and in cold weather the heater makes this whistling (chirping) noise. Took it to the dealer, and they said they fixed the steering problem by changing some kind of pulley (but the problem still exists, so I’m taking it back again). And for the heater noise, they said they couldn’t recreate it, but it is still there though.
Other than these two problems, I don’t have any complaints right now.
Coming from a Honda Accord, I felt a big difference in handling; the car handles like a dream at 20mph or at 120mph.
Suspension is very responsive and agile; this is due to the 50/50 weight ratio on the front and rear axles BMW introduced in its newer 3 Series.
The engine is smooth and the manual transmission is smoother. I have had an automatic transmission as a loaner car from BMW, it’s not as much fun as the manual transmission.
Interior materials are somewhat okay, and all the controls are in a reachable distance (I’m short 5’-6”). Compared to older 3-series, this one is bigger in size.
One thing I would say that I believe is kind of stingy on BMW’s part, if you spend $30,000+ USD on a car, you would expect some standard features in it. For example the rear seats doesn’t fold down (even my brother’s Base model 1996 Honda Civic’s seats folds down). And mine doesn’t have electronic seats either, all the cars I owned till today have had electronic seat adjusters. So things like these, which should have been standard in any car, BMW charges extra for those…
Overall I am pretty happy with the car, primarily because of its handling.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd February, 2010