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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
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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39 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Coupe.
  • 320d M Sport xxx 2dr

    James Luckhurst Date: 16/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47.8

    My car

    I have had 2 of these cars, the original and then the face lifted model. Generally an okay car, looks good, quality is good, running costs and performance are good. It has some presence and looks good in the car park. Had a couple of issues, the infamous 'covers on the headlamp washers fly off' issue and needed the turbo replaced on the original under warranty. As a motorway cruiser, it works, quite refined, gave good mileage and had some good in gear acceleration for overtaking. Cruise control is handy and well thought out. On A and B roads though, I'm sorry but this car is just not good enough. The suspension is just too hard, especially when combined with the 19" wheels, sure they look good and you want them, but they make the handling awful. The car gets unsettled over anything other than perfect road surfaces, and it is skittish. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. If the suspension was just a little more pliant, it would inspire so much more confidence, and be way more fun. The other big issue is the 6 speed auto. Its rubbish. Its dim witted, and works more like an on off switch. Pulling out of small gaps in traffic at a junction is a scary experience, put your foot down, nothing happens for about 3 seconds, then you get full power and it buckaroo's up the road. Its just not good enough for a 35K car. Chopped mine in for a 125D with the 8 speed box. far better. Overall the 320D M Sport Coupe, is a good car, but its ruined by the auto box and iffy handling.

  • 335i SE 2dr

    Richard Burkitt , . Date: 18/04/2012
    • 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
      28.1

    My car

    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

  • 320d SE 2dr

    adam livett , . Date: 22/02/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      54

    My car

    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.

  • 325i M Sport 2dr

    Mark Thompson , West Sussex . Date: 07/02/2012
    • 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
      24

    My car

    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.

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