BMW pocket sports sedan
May 20, 2018
Great car. Good performance. very comfortable with the optional BMW Sport Seats. Getting 27 mpg driving responsibly. Up to now I have only driven this car for fun cause I had a "beater" to drive on errands, so my reliability rating is only based on 8k mi. Great motor, great handling, I have the M option so a little better than standard. It's a little stiff at low speeds on bumpy pavement but that might be because of the run flat tires. What BMW does wrong? No: dipstick, temperature gauge, ammeter, spare tire and NO limited slip differential which I really miss in a "Sports Sedan". You can cruise effortlessly at 80 mph and the car tracks nice and straight. In fact the faster you go the more comfortable it is. It has a "hill holder" clutch on it which I do not like. It prevents the car from rolling back wards on a hill. Having learned how to drive a stick the right way, this little assist is off putting and feels unnatural. The computer controlled throttle makes it very difficult to "heal and toe" which is really annoying in the "ultimate sports sedan". Now let's talk about corporate BMW. It's hard not to feel taken advantage of. You can't even change the battery without hooking it up to a BMW computer. That's not necessary and it's just wrong. I feel very much BMW wants to corral all the customers into the dealer service bay to keep the dealers solvent. I have two floor jacks and a dozen jack stands and I can't put this car on stands. If you jack it on the jacking points, there's no place to put the stands, believe it or not. You can't get to the underside because you can't put it on stands and can't get it high enough to take the aerodynamic pan off from under the front of the car so, you can't put the stands under the suspension because the pan blocks this. The only way you can get this car up to work on it is on a lift.
It's a great driving car but it will be my last BMW.