I had a 1983 henna red 320is with black interior and Recaro seats for about 10 years and had a great time with it. Sold it and bought a Honda Accord for reliability purposes while attending school.
About 4 weeks ago I test drove a 330ia, 525ia,and a 530ia. The 330ia was quick little car but too stiff riding for comfort, the 525 a tad underpowered and the 7 series wasn’t an option so I chose a Titanium Silver 530ia with light grey leather interior with darkwood, premium, sport & prem. sound packages, parking distance control (PDC), active cruise, xenon adaptive headlights and the fold down rear seats. I took delivery on 12/12.
It's been in the shop twice to adjust the hood latch (they put small 3 scratches on the hood and scuffed the light grey leather door panel-they'll be working on those next week), and once to replace the passenger air bag sensor. The latest problem is happening only when started cold and sounds like something rattling in the front of the motor. Belt lube was applied the first time it was looked at but the sound came back after a couple of days. It will be in the shop next Monday and kept overnight because the problem is only heard when cold starting.
Other than that it drives and handles superbly (especially in the sport mode) in all types of weather (wind, rain, heat- no snow). Its been up to 85mph (I was told to keep it under 100 and not use the active cruise for the first 500 miles). The active steering/sport suspension, PDC, prem. sound are abolutely first rate and make driving a real pleasure. The active roll stabilization and 18" tires allow you to essentially make a right turn at 80mph with feeling a minor amount of body lean. At lower speeds it's absolutely rock solid. For such a "big" car as has been commented on previously, it drives (and stops) like a car half its size
The iDrive is easy to use and makes setting your driving system to your specs very smooth. You can detail the setup for many, many items and make the car work the way you want it to. I haven't experienced the memory seat problem but will be testing it further.
Also applied to the car was the "clear bra" by Envisage Design Labs
on the front and rear bumpers, hood, rocker panels, front splash guards, and other smaller scratch prone areas (door cups, around the trunk keyhole, door edges). Daniel was great to work with.
Oh, by the way, at 80mph in the regular drive mode it gets over 35 miles to the gallon.
This is my first post so if you have any suggestions please let me know.
Hope this helps.