Have had my 02 JTD 2.4 for 3 months and 3000 miles now and overall I must say I am impressed. Here`s a few observations and questions on the subject:
Love the looks, inside and out
Ride and handling excellent, cant see any reason to criticise the suspension (veloce 2)
Seats, lovely leather, very comfortable.
The bad :
Heavy engine does upset handling a bit
Only 39mpg from a diesel. Lucky I bought it for its driving characteristics, not economy
Broke down within 7 days of purchase (rpm sensor-replaced under warranty)
The ugly :
Cardboard sun visors, how long are they going to last
Papier mache carpets, now covered with mats that actually look like carpet
Climate control temp. sensor, did they buy it from B&Q
Overall no BMW in terms of quality but neither is it in terms of price so fairs fair. I know its going to cost a fortune to service, and there are various items I will need to get done under warranty but they are all small so can wait. Despite the faults I love it and hope this will be a long term affair.
I do have some shading of the paint (Alfa red), mainly only noticable under artificial light with the plastic pannels appearing darker than the rest. Anybody any experience of claiming under the paintwork warranty?