Written on: 03/11/2008
Looks, performance, value as a s/h model, spec, practicality even as a convertible, quality.
Ride a little harsh after coming out of a 5 series, but its a sports car!, bit tight in the back seats.
After reluctantly parting company with my faithful old 528i (on the other half's instructions!) we recently purchased a 330 Ci M Sport convertible with the auto/steptronic trans as a used model with 34000 on the clock, lovely example with all the refinements one would expect in a BMW and in remarkable condition, being not very convinced this was a good move I can say hand on heart that it thrills me in a way no other car has, including the M3 I test drove which to be honest was quick, very quick, but way too stiff, harsh, and the SMG was appalling in full auto mode. the 330 is quick enough, smooth, with the steptronic auto it cruises at slow speeds well and looks awesome without going ott, when you open the taps it delivers more than enough performance and the handling is superb, even though its not quite the silky 5 series its ride tells you in no terms that this car is purposeful and you will be smiling from ear to ear when you start to find the limits of adhesion. from someone who was not a 'believer' I have to say that now the thought of going anywhere now, even on shopping trips!, is a pleasure just because of the journey there and back. Well done BMW, you have created something magical.