Hi guys I thought I would finally sign up to the forums as I am about to buy my first BMW. I have been using the forums for research and finding out what to look for but some of the threads are about 4-5 years old now.
Anyway I will introduce myself, I have owned 4 cars now. The first a Ford Fiesta 1991 which only had 10k on the clock (all legit) bought for £500 but cost £1200 to insure. Then I got a Fiat Punto 2006 reg. Thought the FIAT would break as they have a reputation for breaking all the time according to rumours. I then had a Toyota MR2 Turbo, great fun for the first 5 months then it was problem after problem (I will never ever buy an import car) I then purchased a non turbo variant and it has been one of the best cars I have owned (on roundabouts and corners that little thing can move!). I have spent £1000 on repair bills over 3 years including MOT's and Tax and 35mpg.
However now I require something with a bit more seats and slightly bigger engine for cruising with really. Not really fussed on diesel as I've found if you drive sensibly you do get a decent MPG return (only do 8k to work a year). I am looking at either 328ci or 330ci. I shall keep you guys updated with my search for one, hopefully I will get one by september.
Just wondering what common faults should I look for as I know these cars won't be brand new so I guess I just need to know what the biggest problems are before I get one so I can find out if that problem has been fixed. I have looked on the forums and for the 328 it seems to be a subframe issue right?