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Overall reader 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

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24 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Coupe.
  • 320Cd M Sport 2dr

    Iain Mair , Kent . Date: 09/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    My 2006 320cd is probably the best car I've ever owned. Refinement is good, although the 2.0 litre diesel is not the quietest lump in the world. That fact, coupled with fat 18" tyres, makes it surprisingly noisy on motorways. Power (150 bhp) is sufficient, although it's a heavy car, due to the level of equipment built in. Mine has the SatNav/TV option, but the Nav doesn't 'do' postcodes at all; bizarre !

    I bought mine with about 100k on the clock and it's now done 180k. The only (recent) problem I've had with it in all those miles, was a secondary fuel pump (Bosch; £130 + fitting). Apart from that, it's a great car, looks stunning in 'Sparkling Graphite' and has never let me down; just don't try a rwd BMW in the snow !

    Never had any turbo issues, although the EGR has needed a good de-carbon and the inlet flaps were removed during a routine service as a precaution.

    Economy is not a strong point. I mix some London with much more longer distance motorway driving and get about 43 mpg.

    One of the best looking & best built BMW's ever made, in my humble opinion.

  • 328Ci 2dr

    Dimon na , . Date: 08/05/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      29

    My car

    I traded in my Mitsubishi for this one and it was a big mistake. The car had 60 k on it ( my old Lancer had 140 k when I swapped it didn't have a single problem) and the first thing for me to deal with were warped brake discs caused by sticky calipers which I had to replace all together along with braking pads. Shortly afterwards harmon cardon sound system faied alongside with cyclone valve. BMW $tealer replaiced it for 1800 (!) €. Then it were multiple problems including rear and front bushings, window stuck - had to replace window regulators, gearbox problem. But the stellar thing was when a right front coil spring broke on a straight road. Also had problems with doors refused to unlock , BMW $tealer wanted to replace whole GM5 module for 700€ but I figured out that it were 2 relays that needed to be replaced for 40 bucks (Siemens relays sucks on BMW). Again similar relay fail on viper. Apart from that engine goes to limp mode on a cold start and I figurer out that It is a Vanos problem. I managed to trad in this piece of junk for new Mazda6 and I so releived now. I will never again come near German car. Overplriced piece of junk they are!

  • 320Cd M Sport 2dr

    Donna Murray , Down . Date: 29/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    Isnt that bad a car to drive really but if you've kids think again. Boot isnt practical for shopping and buggy at same time. After 60,000mls something BMW service centre doesnt tell you is the crank seal breather needs replaced and also needs oil done and filter changed every 7,000mls from then on in too. Crank sealer breather needs changed every second service. If you dont do this guess what you run the risk of blowing the turbo. Nasty!!!! I didnt replace mine and she slightly went over service of 15,000mls and turbo blew. Car was out of action for at least 6wks until I located a turbo. BMW approved but from another stockist. BMW have a tendency to stick the arm in when it comes to buying parts of them. My advice is if you like or want one make sure you've a big wad of cash or a very rich daddy.

  • 320Cd M Sport 2dr

    Adrian Flint , Ceredigion . Date: 20/10/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    I owned a couple of E30s in the past and after reading reviews, had a desire to try the E46 model. Certainly not disappointed. Fantastic handling and refinement with the 6-speed 2litre diesel, excellent build quality (had a Mazda RX-8 at the same time - the BMW is in a different league) and 43mpg, mixed driving from a 150BHP engine. The seats in the motorsport are simply brilliant, too - I have a back problem which other cars caused major grief to, but I can drive this all day and be fresh as the proverbial daisy at the end of it. Immense! Reasonable insurance costs, too. Had the turbo changed under warranty (common fault apparenty) and dealerships a bit hit-and-miss for customer service. However, I rate this as easily the best car I have ever driven (inc the RX-8!) and I would have no hesitation recommending it to another buyer. Try one - you'll love it!!

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