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In September 2009 I bought my first BMW, the 1 series 116I 2 ltr Sport. We got a really cracking deal at the Stratstone dealership which included free servicing for the next 5 years. I'm really impressed with the car, it's comfortable even with the sports seats, it's styish, the 2 ltr is has a good kick to it and it's just really nice to drive. The 2 ltr Isport gives me around 33 miles to the gallon and that is mainly city centre driving as I do very little motorway driving. On the downside I only really have 2 complaints. Firstly I found with the bad winter we've had the framless windows become frozen with ice which means you can't open your door as they go down slightly to release the door. This was a reall pain first thing in the morning. Also the tyres and the fact that it is rear wheel drive make driving in ice and snow very interesting. It's not a problem if you are a confident driver in those conditions but if you are not I imagine it could be quite unnerving. Overall I really like my BMW and would recommend it to anyone.
I have purchased 4 BMW's in my life and still have two of them on my driveway and I have to say I am a BMW enthuisatst and love their cars. Their marketing slogan is "The Ultimate Drving Machine" and I agree wholeheartedly with that statement. The drive and comfort in a BMW is unrivalled by its competitors and I cant wait until I buy another. The first BMW I purchased was a 1998 E36 318i Saloon in Morea Green and it was that car which made me fall in love with all things BMW! Although this car is at the lower end of the pecking scale I still felt this car was an amazing drive and I loved going around the corners in my beast. Since then I have purchased a 2000 325ci coupe auto, a 2001 318ci coupe and a 2003 M3 coupe and I have loved every single one. My love of BMWs comes not from its name but instead from the driving plusure you get from driving these machines. The drive is so good mainly due to the rear wheel drive but also because of the fantastic developers who work at BMW engineringering department. When you drive a BMW you certainly know you are in a well built well engineered car. I also love the safety aspect of BMW cars. When you drive a BMW you feel extremely safe not only because of the great comfort in their cars but also because you know a lot of thought and money has gone into their wonderful safety features. They also have loads of technical advances like head up display on the new 5 series to the fast drop top on the new 3 series convertible. I am a true BMW enthusiast and will review each of the cars I love in more depth individualy but I have to say I love Beamers!
I love my BMW, I have a 118es. I bought it as an ex demo car so got a really good deal. Since buying it a year ago, I've only had one problem with it, the glove box became stuck so I took it back and they fixed it whilst I sat with a coffee. I know they are expensive but honestly, it is so refreshing to get some good customer services without feeling like you are doing the shop a favour by being there. The car itself is a delight, it's so comfortable to drive and really economical, I get almost 40mpg from it most of the time (that's particularly sensible driving) and at worse it's 38mpg. Hubby has a deisel Corsa as he commutes 100miles a day, driving that is like being in a tank compared to the BMW. The only thing that annoys me is whe the dashboard alarm goes off every time it's a bit nippy! I feel like saying ""I know it's cold, I've been up for two hours!!" Anyway, take a test drive and you'll be smitten.
Simply the best BMW dealership I have ever been to (and I have been to a few). I first went to them when I had a high mileage E36 325tds. I was treated extremely well by the service staff. A year later I was back, but this time it was to buy a car from them. The sales staff were polite, professional and extremely helpful. I have taken my car in for minor niggles (handbrake becoming loose, headlamp cover misting, seat back becoming loose). ALL were repaired under warranty and while I waited. I live 80 miles away from the dealership and always go back to them. Their labour charge means it is worth your while, driving to them. Book in advance though, as they can be very busy! It's a shame other dealerships can't follow Scothall Hampshire's example.
I recently ordered a new BWM from my local dealership. I spend much time comparing the price they would sell it to me at against the best internet/import price I could find. The difference in price after all options had been added was around £1,500, which is a sizeable amount of money. For my £1,500 discount I could have brought an imported car with a delivery time of 18-25 weeks, the extra money brought me a UK car with a 12 week delivery. During my dealings with the BMW garage I could not rate them high enough, I first had a 40-minute test drive, followed by the offer the keep the car for a day that following weekend. On returning the car after my days test drive, they offered more day drives. All the staff I came in contact with helpful and polite, and could not have done more for me. The dealership when out of their way to make to whole process of purchasing a new car such a happy one, I felt happier to place an order with them costing me an extra £1,500. This new car was to replace my company Astra and I purchased it myself using my companies opt out option. The car was ordered for December as my Astra was being recalled on the 15th December. However, as the date draw closer the BMW dealer contacted me to say my car was delayed and would not now be available until the first week in January 2002. I explained this would now leave me without a car for 3 weeks over the Christmas period, ‘no problem’ said BMW ‘we will arrange for a loan car to be delivered to you on the 14th December, and you can kept it until your car arrives’. True to their word a Y reg BMW 320 was dropped off to me. Delivery of the car was painless, we checked over the car and then completed any paperwork - all were correct. Furthermore I ended up with a car registered in 2002 due to their delay, which should help future resale values. They also discounted some options I had chosen for any inconvenience I suffered ! Looking b ack I feel I made the right decision for me to purchase a UK car against an imported one from the internet. I am told the UK car will have a higher resale value than the imported car when I come to trade it in for a new car, and my insurance was a little lower. In today’s world where everything is cost driven, aiming always to provide the consumer with the lowest possible price customer service is often lost. I feel that I still need some of this personal service when making larger purchases and it’s nice know that there are still places you can get the personal service and build relationships, all be it for an increased price.
this big bmw bad boy is so comfortable that one could fall asleep in the back seaty which looks more like an armchair from my livingroom. this big bmw bad boy is so comfortable that one could fall asleep in the back seaty which looks more like an armchair from my livingroom. this big bmw bad boy is so comfortable that one could fall asleep in the back seaty which looks more like an armchair from my livingroom. this big bmw bad boy is so comfortable that one could fall asleep in the back seaty which looks more like an armchair from my livingroom. this big bmw bad boy is so comfortable that one could fall asleep in the back seaty which looks more like an armchair from my livingroom.
I had an experience with a BMW garage recently. I put my 7 year old 318i in for an inspection 2 service which is the full monty of servicing. At the time they had a deal on and it was 249 pounds because the car was over 4 years old. Two hours after taking the car in they called me up and informed me that all the brakes were badly lipped and scored and that it was DANGEROUS to drive. They even put this on the service sheet afterwards. I asked how much to repair them, they said 450 pounds to replace the lot. Well, as I was going on holiday two days later I could not afford it. Luckily for me i'm in the motor trade and took the car to a friend to check the brakes, he said there was nothing wrong with them at all, at least another 6 months of wear left on them. You think you can trust a so called prestige car company like this but unfortunately I won't be going back to that garage anymore. You see these adverts, for instance the Kwik fit one where they check your brakes for free, remember NOTHING is free and all they want is you're business. If you look an easy touch and seem to know nothing about cars then they will take advantage of you. BigLee,