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
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.
there's something non-technical you want to know about
but don't see on the site, let me know by clicking
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
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...
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
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
Microswitches are to blame
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...
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.
- I've drove my original 330cic r 217,000+ miles with no major mechanical
or build problems.
- The car was a blast to drive with a free-spinning, torquey engine
- It had one of the fastest fully-automatic softtops
available (the hardtop, not so much)
Of historical interest only...
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
UPDATE 12/6/02: a
visitor writes that BMW USA is still offering the steering
retrofit to owners.
Siemens Fan Recall
Yes, they recall the fan again More
Purchased extended warranty from Peter Pan BMW in San Mateo
for $399.00 or $300 less than any other dealership. More>