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Prestige Car at a price
BMW 320Ci Coupe
Member Name: paulmoffat
BMW 320Ci Coupe
Date: 24/03/12, updated on 25/03/12 (233 review reads)
Advantages: Luxury driving experience
Disadvantages: Costly to run and maintain
I have owned one of these cars for over 2 years now and am reasonably pleased with it. The advantages are many but there are some disadvantages.
The car is, as you expect from BMW, a luxury. The styling is top and the performance is very good. The BMW has always been a prestige car in my opinion which is part of the reason I picked one. The model I chose is I feel among the best for looks. BMW really do know how to put a Coupe together.
Now with all BMW's it a a Rear Wheel drive and this was all new to me but you don't really notice any difference until the winter comes that is! Driving the car on icey roads is nothing short of scary. Its best not to bother driving it when its icey or snowing for your own safety.
The benfits of a rear wheel drive car are improved acceleration along with an improvement in handling due to the fact that the front wheels are solely doing the steering.
The weight distribution across the car improves greatly across the car when rear wheel drive system is utilised and thus improves braking.
The disadvantages of the rear wheel drive come from the long drive shaft required to transfer power to the back wheels. This introduces more complex, moving parts that can potentially go wrong. The space this drive shaft takes up can also be alot more than front wheel drive method.
Personally the car suits me just fine I don't use the car for commuting and only for pleasure which in my opinion is all it should be used for. For me it is a luxury the MPG will not suit someone doing large distances so i'd advise against this if looking for a commuter car etc. I average about 25mpg around town which is poor. On long runs usually around 35-40.
The problems I have encountered have quite a few. The main problem being the Engine breathers blocking up resulting in a costly fix £500+. Also had problems with the front suspension and brake calipers.
Given the problems I can't endorse the car fully but can you tell you it is a pleasure to drive when all is well.
Summary: A luxury with costs to match