I ordered my 335i Auto in August. I attempted to collect the car on October 31st, but I was informed that there was a problem. BMW had built the wrong car - it had a manual gearbox instead of the auto I had ordered. While a new car was built, the dealer loaned a 325i Coupe for three weeks and then a 335i. My car finally arrived on 23rd December.
Driving the new car on Boxing day, with 250 miles on the clock, a 'Transmission Fault' was reported, advising me that the car is safe to drive, but it should be driven 'moderately'. The gearbox goes into a 'safe' mode where it seems to start in third and to 'slip' all gearchanges. I arrived at my destination OK. When driving home after 4-5 hours, the car was fine.
I took it to the dealer the following day and they ran a diagnostic check on it, telling me it was OK and that the problem 'may' not occur again, but if it does, a new gearbox will be required. Not happy.
The iDrive is poor. My main complaints are that it is slow, inconsistent and it is slow to navigate between menus. It wouldn't take much to fix the annoyances, but they need fixing.
On my 18-inch wheels, the ride is quite good, but on the loan cars 19-inch varieties, it was poor over typical, broken, road surfaces.
I'm not happy with the customer service I've received from BMW. My previous car was a Lexus, and whilst not perfect, they are miles better than my BMW experience so far.
In summary, the car is great to drive, with a great engine and gearbox, bu
I replaced a 645i coupe with this new 335d SE coupe. It is the first car I'd ever ordered and bought unseen before launch. It's faster over the road than the 645 because it's more agile.
Sadly it doesn't have the sound track of the 645, but now I'm 60 I guess I had to grow up some time. Mid-range torque is fantastic, which makes for great overtaking. I have done 4500 miles now, and average fuel consumption is 40.7mpg, but that's without nursing the thing.
Those 'run flat' tyres are a pain - I sold my 530d as it was so dreadful and caused fatigue on long cross-country runs - it has already picked up one puncture (which seems common).
This is a great performance car and that diesel engine is refined smooth and powerful, but it's very practical since the rear seats fold forward. Its' expensive - £41,000 with usual options - but as fast as an M3!
If you fancy one, go for it - you can pretend it was well thought through with good fuel economy and long service intervals, yet you'll be able to consume rear tyres like they're going out off fashion!
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