BMW's ultimate marriage style and performance!
Small electrical glitches (service interval light malfunction, intermittent sunroof and window problems).
Replaced thrust arm bushings and front motor mounts at 213000 km.
Replaced broken a/c cutoff switch and installed a/c upgrade kit at 215000 km.
Clutch shudders when hot - will need replacement within 20,000 km.
Despite above problems, car feels incredibly solid and shows very little wear despite age/mileage.
Smooth running engine is rock solid, consuming no oil between changes.
Drives a bit abruptly in slow, city/stop & go traffic due to somewhat notchy, long-throw gear shift. It's almost sluggish in such driving conditions.
HOWEVER, the car is really in its element under hard acceleration and quick shifting. Very noticeable increase in power output between 3000 and 5000 rpm. A veritable rocket at high speed cruising, the car feels incredible stable at speeds over 160km/h. I have yet to test top speed (and won't go beyond 200km/h without new speed rated rubber).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd September, 2004