...is it just me? For liking and buying the E46 BMW that is. I have all the rear mirror time of almost 4 months after buying my 2002 325Ci. I was looking for a guy's car to replace my restored (high quality) '65 Buick Skylark. I could no longer maintain a 45 year old car due to health reasons and lack of space to store the parts. I went looking for something sporty to replace it. I looked at Mustang GTs which I loved the acceleration but they just seemed cheap on the inside. I looked at C5 and C4 Corvettes but they were pretty trashed when you got to my price range $10-20K. I then looked at the Boxsters and found a couple in my price range but I couldn't get past not seeing the motor and hearing about big reliability problems. I even looked at the Mercedes SLKs but they seemed too much like a girl's car. My wife steered me towards looking at the Bimmer. After a couple of test rides in different cars I was hooked and searched until I found my car. The only compromise was an automatic trans as I really wanted a 5 speed but I couldn't find one and fell in love with my car despite that shortcoming. At 57 and recovering from open heart surgery, I actually can appreciate the convienence of an automatic. I did tons of online research here and on other BMW sites prior to deciding. The day after my purchase I joined the CCA. I have received 3 issues of the Roundel and I love the magazine. It is a huge step above any other national club's publication that I have gotten in the past. However, every month in the letters section there is letter after letter trashing BMW. Run flat tires, expensive parts, expensive repairs, too much electronics, too little electronics, no dipstick, no more stick shifts, sub standard audio, dealer service ripoffs, even articles about the high price of parts for 20 year old cars and a tech column that seems to say time and again that you're stupid to buy a BMW that is past warranty. I'm beginning to question why I did this. I did appreciate the article on the reliability of the 2007 330. My car did need some minor things fixed at 58K when I got it, an oil level sensor replacement and the belt tensioners replaced, an oil change, as well as a couple of tires. I did think the inde shop that did the work was less than honest in how they quoted me a price for the repairs and then presented me with a bill for 50% higher because they listed labor in an obscure place on their estimate and wasn't included where the estimate said Total Price. I'm OK with that as I just won't be going back to those guys even though their work seems good. I love how the car drives. It has plenty of power for me and I love the looks it gets. Since fixing the problems found in my PPI, the car has been flawless for 2,000 miles. Do I have to become a bitter, cranky person to own a Bimmer? I know that Jag owners expect expensive repairs as part of the Jag experience. Is that the case here or is it just a vocal minority? I'm not trying to troll here, just looking to feel better about my decision and expectations. I got my car for way less 1/3 the original sticker price (closer to 1/4)and by my calculations it is only about 1/3 worn out. My hope is to enjoy this car for many more years with the expected maintenence issues (cooling system and suspension issues) but hopefully nothing major. I'd appreciate your thoughts.