Pros: "Value, handling, dependability,easy to maintain"
Cons: "Annoying electrical issues, no cup holders"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Love my BMW. Little electronic things are annoying and the headliner is falling after 20yrs. None of this takes away from the dependability and driving experience. I have 190,000 miles and it is smoother and more stable than most cars 1/4 her age. Did the brakes, struts, shocks, relay switch and a tune-up 5yrs ago for $650, and 50k miles later she's a gem. Has a timeless style that looks like a much newer vehicle. Love the Manual mode for when you want to see what she's made of on the twisties. Had a rear tire blow out on 405 freeway going 75mph. She shook a little and got me to the off ramp safely. I hardly knew it happened. Did not affect maneuverability. Even the stock rim was ok. A good independent mechanic and a Haynes manual will get you far. A winner all the way around!"
"I bought this car just out of college and still have it nearly 20 years later. The 210,000 miles speaks for itself. It is an easy car to maintain -- synthetic oil every 5,000 miles for me. The only things I have run into that were major hassles to service were the driver's door electric window regulator, the sunroof cassette and the fuel filter. Everything else can be done by an average home mechanic."
"Got it from family member after they had it for only about 2 years. It never had any problems with me or my mother (who upgraded to a newer bmw that has had some problems, but still nice) The only thing ever needed on it was a $700 repair for the clutch bearing which is pretty natural for a car with 200000 miles. I love it though, like the other reviews they are all true it just handles amazingly and is just a racecar basically. This is a true classic and pretty uncommon I plan on keeping it for many years and rebuilding the engine whenever necessary. Still in good condition but needs some restoration on the paint mainly! If you have a chance to get this car or own it we are pretty lucky because its a masterpiece."
"This was my first car. When I was learning to drive in it I jumped a ditch, took out a bush, and almost took a tree out...and it still drove like a champ on the way to get it looked at. I didn't even know anything was wrong with it, took it somewhere just to be sure. So fun to drive with the top down on a nice day, people are always checkin' the car out:)"