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I love driving BMWs by Yosemite Bob from San Jose on 10/24/2009. Trim: 2002 BMW 3-Series 330xi, Owned 3 years.
Pros: This is absolutely the best driving car I have ever owned. While I have owned a VW, Mercedes, Lexus, Toyota, Volvo, and Chevy, the BMW is clearly the first car I really love to drive in terms of performance. The handling is great and there not much that is close to it. The 0 to 60 acceleration is just right for me and the gas mileage is impressive. One time I drove on the freeway going a constant 55 mph and got an average of 36 mpg over a 100 mile drive. Most of the time I average about 22 mpg in 70 percent city and 30 percent highway driving. The car has about 80,000 miles on the odometer.
Cons: I purchased the car used with 46k miles on the odometer and had to spend several thousand dollars to replace a number of very expensive parts. The car had constant repair issues over a 18 month period but after I purchased a repair manual and changed out all the wearable parts (bushings, wheel bearings, cv boots, alternator, motor mounts, idler pulley, belts, and steering pump) the car has been fairly reliable for such a high performance car. The climate control system does not have a one-touch off button. The window regulators have been replaced twice. I currently have an oil burning smell coming from the front engine compartment and will likely have to replace the valve cover gasket.
Overall review: Without a question or doubt, BMW makes the best driving car. I really enjoy driving the car each time I get into it. I love the steering wheel to road response feel. The car feels like it is on rails. The performance and handling is ideal. The engine tends to get very hot which results in having to replace more parts sooner in comparison to my other cars. While the BMW costs far more to maintain and repair, a golfer has to pay high green fees, a skier has to pay $90 for a lift ticket, and I have to pay to enjoy and maintain my BMW. While my Lexus has been very reliable and essentially maintenance-free, it is also a boring car to drive. It is going to be tough for me to purchase anything but another BMW when it comes time to replace my current BMW (unless its a Porsche Cayman, MB C63 or an Audi RS4).
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