It is a classy, sophisticated German luxury sedan that was way ahead of it's time, back in 1990.
I had to have the drive shaft replaced last December at a cost of around $800.00. I was told by my mechanic that this was considered normal wear and tear for a car of nearly 15 years of age.
Currently, the power steering pump and fuel sender unit need replacing. Thankfully, neither affect the performance or reliability of the car. They are mostly just minor annoyances at the moment. This car has never once left me stranded on a highway waiting for the Auto Club.
This summer I plan to replace the headliner and carpet, not because they are in terrible shape, but just because I plan on keeping this car for a long time to come.
This is by far the best car I have ever owned, and at 41, I've owned a lot of cars. It is one of the smoothest riding cars I have ever driven. The only downside to that is that you can cruise up to 90 mph and not even realize how fast you are going until those flashing blue lights appear behind you.
It has all the bells and whistles and everything works!! The performance and luxury of the car can't be matched, for the money. I bought this car for a mere $4,000 from a neighbor who is a former professional football player and who pampered and garaged it for the entire 14 years he owned it. Not too bad of a price for a car that retailed for around $70,000, when new.
I can't really think of anything negative to say, except that operating and maintenance costs can be high. As my mechanic says when I take it in to be serviced, "BMW stands for Bring Money With" It can be expensive to maintain, but it's definitely worth it.
It is a real head turner and a blast to drive!!! If you don't like drawing attention to yourself, stay away from this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th April, 2005