This is my 2nd BMW, I still have the 1st an 02. I purchased my first in 2011 and I have changed from being crazy for Jaguars, which I still have a 2000 XK8, to just a absolute love of BMW's as long as it is a hardtop convertible. I have owned this 2009 for 4 years and only have had to have it in the shop twice and both times it has been to repair the standard items that are normally repaired around 100K. So the car has has a basic check-up and all required repairs completed within the last 3 months the last one this past month. She is an amazing, attention grabbing car and is beautiful with the top down. The best features of the car, since owning convertibles all my life is the absolute amazing rear room for the backseat, the legroom is incredible and the trunk space when not utilizing the hard top convertible which stores within the trunk, is large enough to store at least 3 large golf bags which mean the depth of the trunk is exceptional wideness, not so much as the battery is maintained in the rear as well as several other. I love this car and as much as I do, I have according to my husband, to many cars that are not being driven, and I am not one to drive much more than 10 miles a week, so even if I drove each of my cars in rotation I would not get enough use to make it worth it to maintain the storage and the insurance. I am getting older and no longer enjoy working on my own cars as I did with the 2002 BMW as well as the 2000 XK8. The 09 328i has only been worked on by the same mentioned above mechanic I have had no desire to learn the new electrical systems only to make a error somewhere along the line. Another plus to this car is the model, I bought a later in the year model because I am a big key loser and I discovered the earlier part of the year in the 328i they did not install a trunk access via key, it only was able to be opened by the interior button or the fob. I one day dropped my keys in the trunk and even with a locksmith, opening the car via the button in the center of the upper console with a rod, it set the alarm system in effect not allowing any locks be open even though you could open the car doors the trunk however, the button would not open it. So I had to have the car flat bedded to BMW ONLY, to have them place the computer system on the car to press F3 to unlock all locks in 2 seconds time - moral of the story, I bought a second key that fits inside the fob, that opens the trunk just in case. And be sure to check to see if the car you look at has the lock in place it is a life saver if it does. Also a word of advice I had the sensors replaced last month on the wheels and the odometer had stopped registering which is why the sensors were changed. I had never realized this but I hope someone may get help from my repair, If your odometer is not reading, then the convertible will not function, why? because they think you are trying to trick them and because you are not able to drop the top while in motion, the car has no way to tell if the car is moving or not and freezes the tops function. Shocking to me but after I thought about it I realized it is a safety feature which BMW and their features are all built around passenger safety which is what I find an exceptional notion on their part. I am looking for someone to love this car as I have and It has been lovingly maintained and It has been a Florida car it;s entire life although It is a car that in around freezing will start with no problem, meaning that nothing is draining the battery or is hardwired as it takes additional battery drawl in order to start a car in much colder weather The car is also not only an automatic but a slap shift, allowing you to switch to a manual with the paddles on the steering wheel although I generally never use it it works great in the mountains near our home in NC and is amazing to drive in the mountains in the curves and it hugs the road and rides like a champ.