Like really expensive therapy
By Joe on Thursday, March 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000
overall rating 5 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "fun, comfortable, plenty of tech"
Cons: "very unreliable and very expensive to maintain"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought my 2002 330i with 94,000 miles on it 3 years ago. As you can tell, I don't drive that much. Despite that, I've been really disappointed with this car. It's not that the BMW didn't meet my expectations about what it would be, but that it broke all if mine about what it wouldn't be. In the 3 years I've owned it, I've had to spend more than $3,000 in parts alone (done all the work myself as I am a technician by trade) just to keep the thing running, replacing major components such as hub bearings, fuel pump, blower resistor pack, control arm bushings, engine mounts, strut and shock mounts, windshield moldings, A/B/C pillar trims and headliner, coil packs, many gaskets and seals, power steering and cooling hoses...and more. So why is this car still good? Because of the driving experience; it's fun, fast, handles amazingly well (provided you have the right tires on it), but gets reasonable fuel economy (on premium) and is still quite comfortable while providing plenty of luxury and technology to keep one happy. It's like going to a really expensive therapist: You step in feeling the weight of your world on your shoulders, but step out feeling relieved and ready to face your problems head on, then you wonder why the heck it cost you so much money to maintain that therapist? Is the fun this car provides worth the money it costs to maintain? Absolutely not."
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