I don't think you will find it as much fun on winding
roads, but you can always try and and see if you like it.
I have now owned a 2003 325i (manual transmission)
for over 100K miles. Many things have gone wrong
with it (fuel sending units, power window motor,
several bulb failures, ignition rods, air conditioner
front unit, control arm bushing). By contrast, my
previous car, a 1998 Honda Civic (also a manual
transmission) had ZERO problems -- I had never
taken it in for anything other than scheduled
maintenance over the ~125K miles that I owned it.
I could never put up with so many problems if I
didn't absolutely enjoy driving the car. I have not
tried the TSX, but I have also tried the RSX which,
although quite sporty, didn't feel quite as right as
the BMW. I can't think of another car (in this price
range) that I would want to be driving.
I wish they were more reliable and always evaluate
other options as they come available, but I don't
seem to like any. I recently tried the IS250 and
didn't like that either...but if you're looking for an
auto you might like that one.
It's not as much fun as a 3-series, but it's not bad. It handles pretty
well considering it has front wheel drive. It's ALSO full of automatic
stuff that is going to break, though.
To be honest, I was surprised that the Mazda Speed 6 was kind of fun
to drive, although again it still handles like a front wheel drive vehicle.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
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