2011 BMW 3 Series E93 M Sport DCT Cabriolet 3.0 twin power (single) turbo from UK and Ireland
Nice car, but a bit of a disappointment to drive
Water leaks from the roof.
Previous owner had to get a Vanos fault fixed shortly before my ownership.
Bridgestone runflat tyres split regularly.
Nice looking car, great sounding engine good build quality (but not as good as my previous E46).
Performance is very good but not outstanding. The car is very heavy and this blunts the performance somewhat, especially at legal speeds. Also I wasn't a fan of the DCT gearbox. It isn't as good as a manual in manual mode and not as good as an auto in auto mode, and could be very frustrating at times.
Ride and handling are pretty poor I would say. The car came fitted with 19" wheels and Bridgestone runflats. They were very hard and the car felt almost like it had no suspension. I replaced the runflats with standard tyres and the ride quality improved, but the car still feels very heavy and uninvolving on twisty roads, and ride quality is on the unacceptable side of firm. With the roof down it is nice on a sunny day, but the car isn't practical to use otherwise with a small boot, small rear seats, and the roof leaks and creaks during cold weather.
Fuel economy wise I was averaging 23 MPG in gentle driving, and less when driven enthusiastically.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th December, 2019
18th Dec 2019, 11:39
I have a 2009 E90 320i, I will agree with you - coming from an E46 (hatch), the build quality is not as good. I have creaks and squeaks from my dashboard, and no kidding, the tab for one of the central vents has broken! I found that these are already being sold on eBay, what the hell; I have never once had a vent tab break on me.
Also agree, the ride quality is pretty poor, I have Bridgestone run flats. I would like to change them to normal tyres, but not having a spare can be a problem. I think my next BMW will be a 5-series; they seem to consistently have better build and the solidity hasn't changed, whereas the 3-series has felt less and less well-built after the E36 (which felt like a smaller scale 5- or 7-series).