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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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31 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Convertible.
  • 320d M Sport 2dr

    Patchy San Date: 10/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    The BMW 320d M Sport Convertible is a handsome car, we have ours finished in Alpine White and it definitely has presence on the roads. It's not unusual to get admiring glances from the public as you drive by!

    Like most BMW's the steering is precise and beefy making it satisfying to drive. However the M Sport Suspension is really firm on rough and uneven surfaces, I live in an area that been battered by pot holes and speed bumps and it really unsettles the car. The Run Flats don't make it forgiving either and are very expensive should you need to replace them (1 tyre costed me £300!). Also by all means get the Auto Transmission for an easy life, the M Sport Manual box on our car needs a bit of work to get shifting and is tedious for city driving.

    The 320d engine however works best on the open roads and has power in spades should you need it. It's economical too, tend to average 50+ MPG on the motorways. Servicing is a bit dear, but then again you probably expect it coming from a prestige brand anyway.

    Fit and finish is superb in the car, refinement is top notch and on the move you barely hear the engine running despite being a diesel. Take note should you wish to bring the hood down be prepared to sacrifice a lot of boot space, you probably can just about fit one hand luggage with the roof down! Rear passenger space can be claustrophobic too.

    It’s a good car, but I would recommend avoiding the M Sport Suspension for comfort, Auto is a must as well for everyday dri

  • 320d SE 2dr

    Paolo Tomasi Date: 20/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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).

  • 330d SE 2dr

    alister storey Date: 15/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30.9

    My car

    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!!

  • 335i SE 2dr

    Tim Smith , Northants . Date: 18/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

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