What does this car say about you?
That I'm a snob.
What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They like it.
Would you buy this car again and why?
What are you likely to buy next?
BMW 330i Sport
Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer
Did you buy this car new?
What price did you pay?
When did you buy the car?
Did you get a good deal and why?
Got a fair deal. The car had one owner from new, and was in mint condition inside.
Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Needed something bigger, with 4 doors.
What was the dealer like?
What's it like to drive?
Straight line pace is fairly average for a 2.4 V6. It needs to be driven hard, to feel the performance. Through the gears it's fine, and has good over taking pull. Around town it's a fine car. Lovely smooth engine, smooth gear changes. Engine is quite lazy. Around the corners the car is too soft. It doesn't encourage high cornering speeds. Steering is really soft, and un involving.
What's it like to park?
Just like any other 4 door saloon.
Living with it
Have you had any problems with the car?
Heater blower motor failed at 100,000 miles. Cost £100 One of the engine pulleys needed replacing at 110,000 miles. Cost £230, including a new belt.
What's most practical about your car?
Fairly large boot. Lots of neat storage spaces in the car.
Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Cruise control. Lovely on the motorway. Total closure alarm. Auto lock doors, after 5mph.