This is my first BMW, although my father is a fan of the brand. For a 2.0 litre diesel engine, performance in terms of acceleration is remarkable,considering the weight. I cannot comment on speed, as I have reached only 80 mph at most. The automatic gearbox is a godsend for city driving (I live in London, with a 40-min commute time), but under certain conditions you notice a certain lag in response time when trying to accelerate, even when doing kickdowns. My major problem so far has been that the car started handling poorly and showed two warning lights, this required a complete realignment of the wheels after only two months and 1600 miles. The dealership refused to honour the warranty and charged me £550 to fix the problem, stating that it was either due to "wear and tear" (!) or to "impact" (on a pothole or speed bump). When I countered that I had driven an old Fiat Stilo over the same roads for two years without ever needing a realignment, the technician shrugged that BMWs are "different", and "have more safety equipment". BMW Customer Service UK supported the dealership's position, so I am therefore left to assume that my BMW is more fragile than a Fiat Stilo and needs extra care when driving in the jungle streets of Central London (well, actually I drove once to Dover and three times to Stansted Airport).
We've had the 330d from new (56) in Oct 06. It has been the best car I have ever owned. Ok the back may only seat two, but does so easily, and we have found the boot easily carries the luggage for my wife, two teenage daughters & a pair of socks for me on a two week jolly.
The car goes back to BMW at the end of next week & will be sadly missed, I we thought long & about a 335d at the start but £5k extra at the time was not practical. The 330d with (231 bhp) has more than enough speed for UK roads & the mid range torque is incredible, blows away a 335i petrol from 50-100 easily.
So the king is dead, long live the king, new 330d convertible comming as a replacement. Incredible deals to be had, the vehicle is fully spec to £45650.00, managed to get it for £39000.00 form BMW Bolton! Be prepared to walk & at the moment the deals are amazing!!
I have owned this car since June 2007 and have generally been very impressed with the build quality (especially considering it's a new model).
Performance is excellent - it sounds much better than any diesel, if extremely licence-threatening. I went for all the extras - sport seats (heated), 19in wheels, leather upholstery, auto gearbox with paddle-shifts, Logic 7 stereo and sat-nav.
The sat-nav is good, but not as good as the Land Rover one, especially with postcodes and Land Rover includes it in the price. The car cost £47,000 all in, which is expensive.
As another reviewer states, you wouldn't want this as your main car, as it is not practical at all, unless there are only two of you.
I have four children and own a 2006 Land Rover Discovery 3 which is without doubt the best family car I've ever had.
For a bit of fun and a great way to eat up motorway miles, it's great. It also has the ability to go from being highly conspicous with the roof down to almost invisible with it up - very handy if you don't want people to notice it too much.
I just took ownership of mine yesterday so I'm still working a lot of stuff out (the manual is huge!) but initial impressions are good.
Mid-range pull is very impressive and the car builds speed disturbingly easily (I'll definitely have to watch the speedo).
The engine sounds better than any of the petrols but there is no disguising this is a diesel - you really the vibrations through the peddles and gear stick, which will make town driving less relaxing than it could be.
There's also no disguising the weight of the car - it feels like there's a lot of momentum there so responses aren’t that nimble.
One big downside is that the boot is small and awkwardly shaped, but it's enough for most situations. The 3-series convertible does have a good equipment levels but it would be good to see leather as standard on the M Sport models.
I opted for the Radar guided cruise control (which will make long journeys really effortless) and the Logic7 sound system sounds great. Other worthwhile options are the Comfort Access (I think I'm going to find it odd not having to dig through my pockets for the keys).
I've been a bit disappointed with the interior though - it's better than the Mercs I've seen but still very plasticy compared to the Audi's.
Overall this is a great 'compromise' car - very good, but not best, at most things it tries to do. For me though no other car can give as good a balance of speed, style, economy and practicality!
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!