When it originally launched, I felt that the E92/E93 looks were too heavy compared to the outgoing E46 model, but I have to admit that I think this car has aged pretty well. One thing that couldn’t be argued was the performance on tap from the new twin-turbocharged N54 inline-6. While it didn’t offer quite the spin of the S54 in the previous generation M3, it had more usable grunt. Coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission, the performance figures in real-world driving generally indicated that the 335i was as fast as the M3 had been. Inside, the E9x was thoroughly modern, too – if the E46 was the last of the classic driver-oriented dash designs dating back to the late 1970s, the E9x ushered in the new era of electronic-heavy dash design to the 3-series. Is it all bad? No, not really. Build quality and materials were as stout, if not better than, previous generations, and often inside and out these cars still look quite fresh.
Couple that with the have-your-complicated-cake-and-pay-for-it-too folding hardtop, the 335i convertible offers a unique blend of performance, style, and comfort that it seems like few cars can match – and they’re relatively cheap on the used market. Let’s check out this Space Grey Metallic over Coral Red first-year example that has just 16,000 miles:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 BMW 335i Convertible on eBay
Model: 335i Convertible
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 16,300 mi
Location: Redwood City, California
Price: Reserve Auction
Offered for an appreciating new owner is this 2007 BMW 335i hardtop convertible! Finished in Space grey metallic over striking coral red leather, this 1-OWNER specimen has been driven a mere 16,300 San Francisco, CA. miles since new! It sports the turbocharged 300 horsepower inline six cylinder engine mated to the 6 speed automatic transmission with sport shift option, electric folding hardtop, alloy wheels, heated electric leather seats, electric windows, ABS braking, airbags and lots more! This low-mileage gem is being sold with clean and clear California title and is a great opportunity for about 1/3 the cost of new 3 series BMW!
THE BODY AND TRIM
The exterior of this 2007 BMW is in quite good rust-free condition overall with a lustrous shine to the paint finish with some minor curb rash on two of the wheels, a couple of nicks on the rear bumper which also has a small section missing in front of the right rear wheel along with a few minor nicks and other light blemishes on this handsome 16 year-old modern classic BMW roadster!
The cockpit of this non-smoker 335i is in virtually BRAND NEW condition overall with all systems in excellent working order!
THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE
This 2001 BMW starts easily and runs very well with excellent power and fabulous acceleration, sonorous exhaust note, smooth shifting transmission, responsive steering and quite sporty but supple suspension. This is one very satisfying driving machine…..especially with the top down on a sunny afternoon!
The good? It’s a great color combination, condition is unbelievable, and it’s got the sport package. On the downside, it’s also got the first-generation iDrive – it’s possible to find “single-hump” E92/E93s, but they’re hard to come by in the right configuration. It’s also got the ZF automatic, which isn’t the worst transmission by any means, but does rob a bit of the fun. Yes, the N54 will likely still need infusions of cash, and even though the car is ultra low mileage the rubber bushings and fittings are all now at least 15 years old. Still, this is a lot of car for relatively short money.
E9X BMW’s are not for the faint of heart when it comes to maintenance. Get ready for a rattle-trap roof, replacing multiple fuel pumps, maybe turbos too! and getting the heads walnut blasted to remove carbon. This on top of the usual oil filter housing gasket leaks, oil pan gasket leaks – and you cant check the oil, because there is no dipstick! This car may be fun to look at and drive, but it will destroy your wallet and make your mechanic a lot of money.
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