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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.
  • 330d M Sport 2dr

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

    My car

    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!

  • 320d SE 2dr

    ian kirk , Lancashire . Date: 14/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car since July last year.

    The looks are fantastic, but with the roof down there is very limited space in the boot.

    I have had a problem with the engines running at low speed - it appears to judder. My dealer has attempted to run a software upgrade which they say will sort the problem out. It will be going in for the fourth time next week.

    Fuel economy is fair, with a reasonable 40mpg on a long run - my previous 330D was far better, though.

    I have now done 5500 miles and apart from the minor niggle with low engine speed, the car is great.

  • 330d M Sport 2dr

    Benedict Marsh Date: 13/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    More sporty cruiser than out-and-out sports car, the 330d combines formidable mid-range punch with a frugal turn at the pump. A 200 kg weight gain means structual rigidity resists all but the worst road surfaces, however, handling is perforce less nimble than the coupe, though still supremely capable. Quality of materials/manufacture is second to none. Compromise is kept to a minimum. A versatile and well resolved package.

  • 330i M Sport 2dr

    Brian Monroe , County Antrim . Date: 29/02/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I picked up my 330i M Sport in Febraury, having traded in my Z4M roadster. I was somewhat reluctant to do so as I was thoroughly pleased with my Z4M but as I required 4 seats I was left with little option.

    However, I am extremely impressed with my new 330 and haven't looked back. The ride is far smoother and more relaxing than the Z4M (perhaps a sign of getting older!) and the 272 hp is more than enough for UK roads. The build quality is fantastic and the cabin is a great place to be. I opted for the i-pod interface which is brilliant, no need for CD's in the car any more.

    I cannot fault the car in any way and would recommend it to anyone. All I need now is some spring weather so I can savour open top motorning once again!

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