: There's snow on the ground but I put the top down anyway!

03-08-08, 06:27 AM

New toy: 2004 BMW 325CI, 61,000 miles.

Good: One-owner Florida car. All original paint. Super clean body.
Bad: Needs lower control arm bushings, valve cover gasket, ATF flush.

The day after the big snowfall, I put the top down and went for a drive. The roadsides were drenched in water from the rapidly melting snow. Dirty street water splashed up and hit me in the face multiple times, but I DIDN'T CARE! I wiped my mouth and kept on driving. "Careless Whisper" was playing obnoxiously loud on my awful entry-level OEM sound system and nothing could wipe the sh*t-eating grin off my face.

Convertibles are fun, and I look like an idiot driving one. Good times.

Handles and performs like one would expect a BMW with a naturally aspirated I6 to perform, except the convertible is 400lbs+ heavier than the coupe. Has a 170hp I6 and a GM 5-speed automatic. They're perfectly matched so it never feels slow.

The stock audio system is really quite terrible. The head unit and Alpine amplifier are great, but the speakers included by the factory sound like they belong in a cheap clock radio. Nothing but obnoxious mids.

The folding top has automatic latches. When you open the door, the window drops a quarter inch then goes back up when you shut it. There's a handy lever in the trunk to switch from folding top storage to extra trunk space.

Yeah, thats it. No detailed review, because most folks already know how a 3-series looks and behaves.

Also, thanks to Ian for driving it up here. Now I owe him gas money.

03-08-08, 09:06 AM
What! No heated seats? Well you probably won't keep it till winter anyways.

Nice ride, but it doesn't seem you.

03-08-08, 09:57 AM
There's no such thing as a bad time for some Careless Whispering.

03-08-08, 11:42 AM
I had a Mini Cooper S Convertable the other day , took it to lunch ....

I always say , if you have to look a bit light in the loafers you may as well make people cringe while doing it ....

there i was in heavy traffic , top down , basting AH-Ha's "Take on me"....Laughing so hard i could barely see ...

Took a few miles on the harley to put the world right again

03-08-08, 12:06 PM
Jesda, I know what sort of convertible you need.......'61-'64 Continental, with vanity plates that read "JFKFTW"! :cool2: :histeric:

03-08-08, 05:30 PM
Great car!

I've often pondered ever seeing myself in a convertible...and just can't. Love them, and love the aura, but a large pano glass roof is max for me.

Still, can't beat a 3-series, regardless of the form it's in! I secretly want a new 325 wagon...

03-08-08, 07:36 PM
Nice looking Car Jesda but I wouldn't be happy unless I was in at least a 5 series. Enough power is subjective but enjoy that beautiful car!

I love the lines and the color is perfect.

ted tcb
03-08-08, 07:47 PM
Nice car, great pics.
I'm guessing the ash tray filled up in the Navigator, time for a change?
Has Ian obtained his dealer's license yet?
BTW, perfect color for a BMW convertible.

03-08-08, 07:49 PM
Oh, a Silver 3 Series Convertible. How original. :bigroll:


03-08-08, 08:18 PM
Nice car, great pics.
I'm guessing the ash tray filled up in the Navigator, time for a change?
Has Ian obtained his dealer's license yet?
BTW, perfect color for a BMW convertible.

Naw, just got too dirty to wash.

03-08-08, 08:22 PM
I likey. My next car might be a convertible of the E46 kind :thumbsup:

03-08-08, 08:59 PM
Oh, like Ian's new car. ;)

03-09-08, 01:41 AM
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO shiny! i love the color......

03-09-08, 08:59 AM
Rusty muffler tips ftl
car looks sweeet

03-09-08, 10:58 AM
Nice ride, my "toy" car will always be a convertible. The family and I really enjoy driving topless in the Cobra. :thumbsup: