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i was checking edmunds.com for consumer reviews on some cars... i checked the acura TSX, it has a 9.6 rating, and the 3 series has much less than that. i'm reading the comments from the past few years, 98-present mostly to see what pepole think. and there are SO many electrical problems noted on this, it's crazy.
Review: I purchased my vehicle straight from the factory.The electrical and mechanical problems have been a nightmare, now my car has started to shutter and stall when taking off, still under warranty but apparently problem not covered, only 39,000 miles on it but looking to drive another car soon. No car of this calibur should have so many problems, already had the motor in sunroof, sensor, door seal, window brackets, lights, dash lights etc, etc replaced so much repaired I made a file for it. This car is not the ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE its a DRIVING NIGHTMARE MACHINE
Review: I like a lot of aspects of this car. Great appearance, pin-point handling and rock-solid brakes. However, I've had several annoying and far too numerous electrical problems. I don't think this car has ever gone more than 90 days without a problem of one sort or another. I've heard of other people with the same kind of problems. German build quality is good, but they should send their electrical guys back to school.
Review: So far, this car has been so much fun to drive. I don't know how BMW does it, but their smallish 6 cyl feels big. It rides and drives wonderfully. As for complaints, it seems as if we all have the same problems. I've had the driver side window regulator replaced twice, and all other windows once. Sunroof shade clip broke just like the others too. Brakes put out tremendous amounts of dust, and wore out at 30000 miles, but they work! Stereo speakers definitely not up to the standards of this car. Overall, I love this car, but I'm not looking forward to my warranty running out. My next one will have a 5-spd and sport package.
Review: Was not pleased when the window regulators on BOTH the driver and front passenger windows needed to be replaced within 24 months. Also, had to get the moonroof liners replaced twice between 12 and 24 months. Make sure to ask for windshield wipers @ your 12 mo. maint. repairs. (Need to claim they are streaking.) Don't bother writing to BMW about quality problems (windwow regulators) - they will just send you a form letter saying they are sorry to hear from you. Also - the firm they outsource to will be good at calling to follow up on how you felt about your recent repair experiance - but when you complain nothing happens.
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