The BMW 3-Series Convertible has long been the king of the four-seat convertibles and the E46 Convertible was no exception. It mixes style with a stiff chassis and good handling. The BMW 3 Series is an understated style icon and looks stunning with the fabric roof folded down. The only compromise is limited rear and boot space due to the rear wheel drive. This E46 BMW 3-Series Convertible was replaced in 2007 by the E90 model with a folding hardtop roof.
The appeal of the BMW 318Ci Convertible lies in its low running costs rather than its performance. That said, keen drivers won't be completely disappointed as the responsive chassis and light engine keep things entertaining. The improved economy compared to the 320Ci make this one a better choice.
With a straight six cylinder engine, the BMW 320Ci Convertible continues the company's tradition of smooth running sporting cars. It does not however, produce much more power than the smaller, lighter 318Ci engine which has much better economy. Drivers looking for sporting performance on the other hand are probably better looking at the larger capacity 325Ci or 330Ci alternatives.
BMW 325Ci Convertible strikes an almost perfect balance of performance and economy. It may not be an M3 but is plenty quick enough for most of us with its classic BMW straight-six engine up front. Handling is finely balanced and the normally aspirated engine offers good economy for its power output.
The BMW 330Ci Convertible gets a great engine which matches power with reasonable economy. It is fun and responsive to drive yet has smart, grown-up looks. It won't draw the attention or used prices that an M3 will but those who know will see you chose the smart option. The Sport version further improves the handling.
The BMW 3-Series 320Cd Convertible was one of the first diesel powered convertibles and impressed drivers with its combination of pulling power low in the rev range and muted engine note. Not perfect but the economy is much appreciated by fans of open top cars who needto cover high mileages.