the advantage of now being over 25 means that i can drive the company cars on the company insurance so i took the BMW out the other day.
55plate 330ci convertable.
M sport suspension
Auto gear box
and i was a bit dissapointed to be honest. now i know its the convertable so it will have a bit extra weight and less rigidity but.
with having the auot box it wasn't going to set the world on fire but the kick down seemed to take ages to cut in.
Once it did kick in i must admit the power deliver was incredably smooth the extra 2 cylinders made a massive difference and the gear change again was really smooth in fact you could hardly feel it changing gear.
The rate of acceleartion was a bit slower than i expected although the smoothness of it did make it fell a little slower than it really was but for a car with 230BHP and around 230lb.ft of torque i was expecting faster.
Suspension and handling.
Very soft for sports suspension. Infact my recommendation would be don't bother with the normal suspension as the sports suspension is very comfotable. I didn't feel a bump in the road.
Handling was ok for a convertable but the car was very understeery and there was a masive amount of body roll. i had to hang on to the steering wheel.
brakes again worked and were certainly better than that of the astra but nothing special.
Lacked a bit of feel.
excellent to be honest. the car had 40K miles on it and not a single rattle. the feel of everything was of a good quailty.
a very comfortable motorway cruiser with reasonable performance but not the most exciting drive and a bit of a disappointment TBH. for a £30K+ i was expecting a lot more. this is the first BMW i have driven and would like to think that something like an M3 would be a lot better but for me i would save my money.
I was driving it comparing it to my car which may not have been the best thing to do as they are hardly in the same class but i certainly wouldn't swap.
Don't get me wrong i'm saying they a very good car but to me it wasn't the 'ultimate driving machine' that i was expecting.
just thought a few of you may be interested