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Final Odometer - 217765

Welcome!

I built this site shortly after purchasing my 2001 BMW 330cic on May 5, 2001. The official name of the car is a BMW 330ci convertible, but it's easier to say 330cic.

I try to maintain the type of website that I wanted to find but couldn't when I was doing research before buying a 2001 BMW convertible. There was zero unbiased information available from actual owners on the Web.

What is a "One-Hour Website?"
I spent an hour designing and building the original version of this site. What you're seeing now is v2.0, and it's been badly in need of an update for about a decade.

Will the Site Continue?
Yes, as long as I keep paying my web hosting bill.

NOTE TO ALL: Thank you for all of your emails.

Have questions?
If there's something non-technical you want to know about but don't see on the site, let me know by clicking here.

I am NOT a mechanic; I work in marketing. I appreciate general feedback about the site as well.

Many thanks to the people who have sent notes thanking me for this site.

 

Update March 2013

I sold the 330 convertible last year and bought a 2009 BMW 328 convertible the following day. No surprise there.

If you're interested in hearing the end of the story and a bit about my "new" car, read on...

Mileage
Final odometer reading when I sold the car: 217,765 miles

December 31, 2009: 164,000 miles (in case you were wondering how long it take to drive the final 50K miles

Maintenance Log
In response to a reader request, I've listed in true anal-retentive fashion when my car has been serviced, plus some other info. More

Convertible Top Problems
Microswitches are to blame

Tires

4th set - Bridgestone Potenza G019 Grid (current)

3rd set - Bridgestone Potenza RE750

2nd set - Michelin Pilot A/S Sport

Reference Information

How to change the time

Zaino pics & Underside of the car pics

Update October 2013

A site visitor sent in an extraordinarily comprehensive account of his BMW 330 owner experience, so I decided to update the site one last time. read on...

 

Really old information

BMW windscreen photos
The one accessory that's more of a necessity for drivers (or drivers with passengers with long hair or who smoke) More BMW windscreen info

Would I Buy This Car Again?
In a word, yes. And, I did.

  1. I've drove my original 330cic r 217,000+ miles with no major mechanical or build problems.
  2. The car was a blast to drive with a free-spinning, torquey engine
  3. It had one of the fastest fully-automatic softtops available (the hardtop, not so much)

Of historical interest only...

Steering Retrofit
NOTE: This only applies to cars built before April 2001. BMW decided to lighten the steering in the E46 (the designation of the latest BMW 3-series), the result of which was cars that drove like a Buick Century. BMW has instituted a FREE steering retrofit offer. Send them a note via the BMW North America Owner's Circle Website. If you're buying a used BMW 330 convertible, you should take this into consideration.

UPDATE: 1/10/05: a visitor writes that BMW USA is no longer offering the steering upgrade.

UPDATE 12/6/02: a visitor writes that BMW USA is still offering the steering retrofit to owners.

Siemens Fan Recall Update
Yes, they recall the fan again More

Extended Warranty
Purchased extended warranty from Peter Pan BMW in San Mateo for $399.00 or $300 less than any other dealership. More>

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