I went on a test drive in april ina Cooper S, cause i felt like a change. what i liked about it was it handled well, the ride wasnt as bad as eveyone makes out, and it was really nippy, good pull from low down.....BUT it was definently a 1 step down in terms of speed than my 330. (i'd regard an S2000 as 1 step up)
What i didnt like:
Dashboard was squeaky as f**k, maybe a bad example but it would drive me nuts, not much room to lug friends, family, luggage and golf clubs!! And lastly my sis said, "isnt it a bit of a girls car?"
thing is I dont regard it as such, but when she said that i thought no chance
, so i decided to stick with my 330 for another 2 yrs.
I know you are considering the Cooper, but i think you'll jus end up wishing it was faster (ie the S), you'll be ringing the living daylights out of it cause it is nippy and so chuckable, so their gos your fuel economy. I beleive everyone wishes their car gave more mpg
, but for what it is (fast, & comfortable) the mpg is reasonable (22-32mpg for a 325i). And if you want it too sound sporty as well, jus have a listen to the link in my sig!
I think a FWD would be easier to drive in snowy conditions, but only if you are driving aggresively. Just relax and drive more calmy when the whether is bad.
Numark i agree with you, i pulled up in to a petrol station and the attendant glances out at my car while i'm paying and says "nice BMW, is it 1 of the new ones?"
..........ah alright it was washed, waxed and polished that day, but still!