"I bought my Cabriolet new in 1996 and figured I'd probably keep it for three or four years. Now 15 years later, I still own it and I'm not sure I could bear to sell it.
Although the style is getting a bit dated, it is still beautiful and runs great. If anything, it may run better now than it did when I first bought it.
Despite its age, it still gets looks and most people have no idea how old it is. It still looks like a new car.
A few years ago, I replaced all the rubber belts, hoses, timing belt, etc., just because of its age.
The 2.8 liter engine seems to be powerful enough for it and the last couple of trips I checked and it was getting about 28 mpg on the road.
The only major problem over the past decade and a half was some work needed on the convertible top when it wouldn't retract due to a faulty sensor."
"This car has been going strong for the four years I have had it. I have used it as a daily driver, averaging around 60 miles a day, and it never gets old! While the speedometer is a bit optimistic (going up to 160mph), this car can handle 85-90 mph highway cruising in such a manner that it feels like I'm doing 55. I get compliments on this car all the time and people always think it costs so much more than it does. The convertible top is wonderful, although it is a bit slow at times. Having front wheel drive, it is very different, and in my opinion better, than its 3-series competitors... Fun to drive on mountain roads near my home. I had an issue with the O2 sensor that was repaired quickly and relatively cheaply, but all in all, I'd say this little car has been well worth the price I paid four years ago. Just keep the belts up-to-date and you're set!"