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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.
  • 330d SE 2dr

    james fairman , lincolnshire . Date: 26/03/2008
    • 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

    I had to hunt around for a late coupe with a manual gearbox, leather and prof. sat. nav. but the hunt was well worth it. They all seem to be autos. I am not quite an old man yet. Thanks Tim from Soper Lincoln. Quality great, looks great, I-Drive a bit fiddly .I cannot set the default screen. Why do I have to keep going through screens to get the perspective view every time I start the car? My 407 coupe was much better in this dept, drives me mad. Tried the auto but not as exciting. 500 n/m through direct cogs and rear wheel drive is as much as the M3. If a manual box is good enough on a mates DB9 its good enough for me in the 330d. At least 5mpg advantage over the auto. and lower CO2 band as well. People don’t seem tell you that. 335d only came as an auto so I discounted it. Really quick, 45mpg+, hard to fault. First service at 22,000 miles, just needed oil. Brakes don’t seem to have worn at all. tyres still ok despite every one telling me it would munch rears-(expensive 19 in run flats, I wish I had 18 in ones as 19in rubber bands hunt curbs out), Sounds fantastic. A modern marvel, much crisper than the A5 Coupe I tried. I love it.

  • 325i M Sport 2dr

    Graeme Robson Date: 09/03/2008
    • 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

    This car is an absolute dream to own. I said I loved it when I test drove it and I love it even more owning it. The criticisms with the I-drive are unreal, it is far easier to use that Mercedes' and Audi’s sat nav units. I-drive also lets you control everything about the car from the follow me home lights to the stereo. A few minor niggles regarding hand-over and the lack of communication from the dealer, but the car is here now and it is brilliant. The drive in Audi’s is appalling. My company car is an A4 S-Line; it is rough, hard and unforgiving on the road. It has 18” wheels and no run flat tyres .Yet my wife’s Bmw has 19” run-flat tyres and is unbelievably smooth. The Audi judders at any speed in the range; it really is shocking for a so called “prestige car” manufacture. The interior design is un-logically designed and to bare standard, for instance the rear door panels have no storage. I really wish I had never got it because I’m lumbered with it for another 2/5 years. I think next time it will be a 5 series Bmw or an E class Mercedes. I would advice this new 3 series to everyone. Audi are not a threat to Bmw neither.

  • 335i SE 2dr

    James Pitts-Drake , Wiltshire . Date: 08/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased a 1 year old 56 BMW 335i SE from my dealer in Swindon 2 months ago. On the first lookes the BMW looked an amazing car. After owning this for 2 weeks it set in that the built quality of the new 3 series is rubbish. Having owned an old shape 330ci (55 plate) I thorght this would follow suit and be just as good. Every time I go over bumps in the road the whole car rattles and vibrates.

    I took the car back to the dealership in Swindon and they ordered some new parts for me which included a new offside air vent, 2 new light washers, the lining under the 2 front wheels, and also they fixed a rattle coming from the parcel shelve. (it took them 2 weeks to get these parts in).

    The car still rattles and develops faults like, when you have your foot on the brake and have the windscreen wipers on you can feel the relay on the brake pedle!! My whole experience has been damaged by this car.

    I took the car back to the BMW dealership and they purchased the car back off me for the full amount I paid as it was not merchantable quality.

    All this aside the performance, drive and the looks are second to none, I just wish the build quality was the same.

    I have now purchase an Audi A5 3.0 Diesel - If you are looking for build quality, performance and looks this is the car to buy.

  • 330d SE 2dr

    J OT Date: 29/02/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I would agree with everything Peter Russell has said.

    And add that

    I recently drove down to the French Alps and back and the effort involved was like popping down to the shops...

    But what I think I like most about this car is it's understated classy looks... and of course the o-60 in 6.7 secs and the fact you get 40 to the gallon... excellent.

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