Loved every minute of ownership
The only thing that went wrong with the car was the flywheel needed to be replaced at 15K as it was making a noise. Also, the steering seems to have made more noise then I liked.
I have to say that I absolutely loved this car. By far my favorite car ever. I have had everything to Mustang Cobras, Hondas, Mazda Miatas and the car I had before, A BMW Z3M Roadster. It was a great car too but not very practical in the Midwest Winters. It was parked most of the time in the garage.
So I traded it in for my black Mini with chrome package. This car gets excellent gas mileage and is pretty quick for a 1.6. It rode on rails. Very fun to drive. The seating position for me was great. It is comfortable, but long trips would show this cars limitation on that topic. I also had the sport suspension which was still. Long bumpy sections would really have my kidneys cursing me. I think the car was put together right.
I would caution that the service manual states oil changes every 10K which is absurd. I recommend 5k changes with full synthetic oil. Remember, this is a supercharged engine. Keep in mind that every oil change cost me around 110.00. Yes, that's right. BMW charged me this each time I had it serviced, although the oil changes during the warranty period were free. I still had it changed at 5K intervals.
The only issues I had were a noise in the tranny which turned out to be the flywheel which was replaced under warranty. Otherwise a perfect car. I would have never sold this but I got married and we both needed a car so I had to sell the Mini to get two Mazda 3s. :(
Another thing is that since it is supercharged, it requires the high cost/high octane gas so figure that into your buying decision.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th July, 2010