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.
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.
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.
I have a 335i coupe, after owning an M3 convertible SMG. I must admit the performance is as good as the M3, with a lot more comfort.
The iDrive is still fiddly, so having voice control is a benefit. The 335i engine is a marvel! The 3.0-litre and 306bhp is a must!
It's an excellent car, but if you're buying second-hand, beware - most have needed a high-pressure fuel pump change.
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