Transmission problem, continuous electrical malfunctioning especially, $45k car with a bad automatic lock (this has been around for over 25 years, and BMW failed to make a reliable one?), need a good sense of humor when things break in the car (the shockingly random failures and the cost of repair)
Precise and fast, go where it is told
Safety & braking
The brake is very effective to stop vehicle at high speed without slipping.
The sports mode is responsive. The engine loves to be revved.
Driving position & visibility
The front visibility is fantastic.
Can be quite thirsty if driven with high spirit
The ride is stiff. Long driving gives back aches.
Rear seat room & comfort
The rear seat is hard and not comfortable for 30 minute plus drive.
Front seat support & comfort
The seat can be softer. The seats are too hard for long distance driving.
Price or payments
It is an expensive car and offering less options, comparing to the competition. Without warrantee, the maintenance cost is mind blowing. Electrical malfunction occurs quite often, so be prepared to save up for your annual repair.
Discounts & incentives
There is no discount when buying one.
The car is very fun to drive but make sure it does not need repair. The best way to obtain one is to get a corporate lease to avoid paying repair with your own money. Other than the reliability issues, you need own at least one 3 series in your life.
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