"My 8 year old car drives better than it did when it was new because I'm running Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires instead of run flats. I still love driving it, it's tight and according to automotive journalists, it drives better than new 328s! And reliability was excellent until about 100K miles, I've never been stuck on the side of the road and nothing major has gone wrong.
BUT based on personal experience and extensive research, quite a few items need to be repaired between 100K and 200K miles that cost $500-$1,000 each. So the question is: "Do I keep this great sports sedan with a smooth in-line 6, sports and premium packages and manual transmission or do I sell it to avoid fairly high maintenance costs?" I wish I had a crystal ball that could tell me what's going to need attention during the next 80K miles so I could make an informed decision. As it stands now, I'm spoiled. It would take $50K to replace it with a better car (like a M235i)."
"I had a 3 series x drive from 2003 - 2014 and I LOVED that car. Loved it! When the miles racked up, I knew I had to let it go. So based on my experience with my old BMW I bought a 2011 328x drive. I have never hated a car as much. Now, compared to other brands, perhaps it's not the worst, but compared to every other car I've had, I hate this one. Run flat tires! Whose brilliant move was that? Drives like a truck and there is no spare! 4cyl engine? Who knew? I thought they were all straight 6's -my fault for not researching better. It is the most gutless thing I could imagine. where are the manual shift BMW's? What's the point of a BMW with an automatic. The heater/AC fan is so poorly designed that it makes so much noise when on(even low) I can't hear rear seat passengers. No back seat storage bins at all. Did I mention how much I hate this car? I'm going to lose about $10k but am trading on an Audi. At least there is a spare tire, and a reasonably quiet fan."
Cons: "I wish oil changes weren't so expensive..haha"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car a year ago, used with 88k miles on it. I drive a lot as you can tell as I have 109k on it now. I've had just typical maintenance on the car. Yes it's pricey to get normal things done but this car is going to easily hit 300k before I get rid of her. The hardtop convertible is master engineering at it's best. I wished I'd bought a BMW way back in the day. No more American made cars for me."
Cons: "Expensive up keep, rides like a 3 legged donkey."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Got my 325xi as a certified pre-owned from my local BMW dealership with 55k on it. Nothing major had to be done except normal things, oil, tires.... Once I hit 80k things went down hill....Windows stopped going up and down, suspension was worse then my riding lawn mower, driver mirror started to get a strange brown haze over it and my radio display only works when it feels like it. Addressed all these issues at over $2800. Now at 113000 miles the water pump is leaking, AC has stopped working and the cup holders for some reason wont extend from the dash. Cannot justify dumping more money into it with it being 9 years old and only worth 8g on a good day."
"I bought my 335xi when it had 14k miles on it. It now has 55k. I love this car. I've never had any problems with it, and it's great fun to drive. It has plenty of power and also has great features. I have no plans to switch vehicles anytime soon. In fact, I think the 2011 was the last "drivers" model year as 2012 and beyond have electronic steering, stop/start, etc., which really takes some of the feel out of the car. I would buy this car over and over again."