The 335i isn't a choose for people who want a car that will give them Nissan Leaf type MPG. Its more of a car you buy with your heart than your head, but as long as you go into ownership with that in mind then you should be fine. I average 28.1 mpg on 2/3 motorway, 1/3 village and town driving.
I wanted a manual box without iDrive (Most 335 are auto but thats not me, I don't like iDrive and the cabin looks better without the double hump IMHO). I have been surprised at how docile the engine can be at low revs around town. But thats not the reason I bought the car. I have found myself turning off the arterial roads whilst on business trips just to have a quick fix of smaller, less populous roads before re-joining the main carriageway a little later. If you choose the same course of action then you'll get a great reward of a car that feels truly planted and extremely rapid when pushed.
Positives? It's great as a car for getting the family about in, albeit two doors only in its lovely coupe form. Luggage capacity is fine, if not huge. MPG is acceptable, though with fuel continuing to rise it must become a consideration for none company expensed owners ... and performance when the wife and kids are out of the car is scintillating! It would be very easy to loose your license just getting a bit carried away for a very short space of time.
Negatives? The bonnet is quite low and suffers from stone chips quite readily. Over 115 there is cabin noise. And the neighbours all want
Owned for 3 years and 52k miles. Bubbling alloys, changed 2 of them under warranty. 54mpg average. Stop start fine. Changed away from runflats to Falken tyres and a tyre repair kit. £95 road fund licence. Cheap to insure. Cheap to run. Serviced at local garage now warranty expired. No significant issues, needed reprogramming within warranty, some rattles from seatbelt dispenser. Aircon seems to need recharging every year at cost of £78. Nice cheap motoring.
I have a 325i M Sport Auto Coupe as a temporary lease car, the engine, power delivery and sound is very good, looks nice and I am getting used to the small steering wheel, clear and simple instrumentation. Poor economy, 24 mpg for such a small car is not for this age. Small Fuel tank
Ridiculous to get in and out of in a parking space. Road noise from the tyres is significant but only to be expected with the Big wheels and tyres, look great but at a huge expense in comfort, tram lining can be alarming. Current generation E220 diesel with the AMG kit and 7 speed auto is frankly awesome. Much better drive and comfort, my choice any day.
After having driven Audi a4 2.0 tdi s- line for 4 years needed a change and glad I did . This engine is not for the real speed merchants out there but provides ample driving pleasure with good mpg . I thought the audi would take some beating but I think I might be hooked already after about 5 days driving this car .
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