Worth the cash & the wait
March 27, 2011
Purchased an '08 black/black convertible at 15K miles in late 2010. Have driven for 3K miles, and could not be happier with my purchase. I am coming from large SUV's (Denali/QX56), and have never missed them for the type of driving I do most. Car was very stable in the snow with the addition of OEM 18" rims and new Dunlop snow tires. This car also has the cold weather package, and the heated steering wheel and seats make a huge difference when the snow is flying.
Have been continuously impressed with the driving feel of this car, as it is both heavy enough to handle all road types, and responsive to even the most aggressive driving styles. Have yet to try sport mode, as the 6 speed manual is enough to enjoy the power and refinement of the engine and transmission. One feature that I really enjoy is the heads up display, though I never would have thought it would be of any real use. It is great for both speed and nav assistance, and is one of those gimmicky options that actually is worth the hype.
The back seat is small, yet enough for 1 or 2 child booster seats when needed. Unless you are under 5' 10", I highly doubt hat you could fit any larger car seats in the car.....but probably not an issue as this is not meant to be the "grocery getter". Interior sound is much better than expected, and the upgraded sound system does an excellent job, even with the top down and at high speed.
The only complaint I have is the lack of any aggressive exhaust notes. Even with the top down, the overall note is a bit too subdued.... It hides the audible aspect f the power of the ride, and could use a bit of after market help without even approaching obnoxious.
Waited for this car, and paid less than half original sticker after 15k miles.....a great car and a great deal.
This may be the one I keep stored for the summers, after I decide on a different daily driver in a couple years.
BMW does not disappoint with this total package....