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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40 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Coupe.
  • 325i SE 2dr

    Haig Dalton , West Sussex . Date: 09/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've long been a fan of the 3 Series Coupe and, boy, what a car it is.

    I have driven a lot of BMWs of late and frankly they haven't been all that good, but this is a different story. Quality is back to what it should be and to drive it's simply stunning.

    Performance is rapid and instant, and comfort throughout is first class. Coupled with beautifully balanced handling and enough space for four, it's hard to find fault.

    Price is up on the last model but then you get more equipment as standard and the looks - well, I love them. Just enough to be modern yet still a 3 Series Coupe.

    All is not perfect, though, as the run-flat tyres damage ride comfort, but worst are vibrations that filter through the wheel at various speeds, making heavy-minded concentration a must.

    That said, I still love it.

  • 320i SE 2dr

    Simon Duffy Date: 28/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my new 320i auto Coupe for 4 months now. My 6th BMW and the first one I've had problems with.

    It's great to drive (apart from the electric power steering, which is a bit vague) but the engine sounds clattery at idle, almost like a diesel but not quite so loud. Apparently that is just the way the new 2 litre petrol engine is. Might as well have bought a diesel, then. Great economy, though-it quite easily exceeds 40mpg on the motorway.

    More seriously I have problems every time I drive in town traffic. The car starts to vibrate, so much so you can feel it through the steering wheel. And when at a standstill at traffic lights or just in a queue, the car gives out a judder, as if it's going to die. Happens every time I drive in town now. My dealer has been very helpful but cannot identify any problem. So I will have to carry on juddering round town until one day the car conks out for good.

    I have to say I am now wishing I had never bought the car. Very disappointing, especially after having shelled out £30,000. Maybe I'll get a Japanese car next time, they don't tend to go wrong...

  • 330d SE 2dr

    Alan Silvester , Staffs . Date: 25/10/2007
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Picked up my 330d Auto yesterday, what can I say.......it's brilliant!

    So much power, so smooth and returning 40mpg with a heavy right foot!

    Really happy with everything except for the i-drive, it's good, but can be fiddly just to do simple things like changing the radio station, maybe I'll get used to it in weeks to come.

    Looking forward to my next long drive!

  • 335d M Sport 2dr

    Peter Green , . Date: 13/09/2007
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What a car! I have owned my 335d M Sport coupe for two weeks and it is awesome.

    Having tested all the big petrol and diesel engines, the 335d was the one for me, providing the right balance of power and reasonable running costs - 40mpg from a 286bhp coupe is amazing.

    The power delivery is stunning and smoothly delivered throughout the rev range and the gear changes through the standard auto gearbox are imperceptible.

    Having had the iDrive before in a 530i I was used to it and actually quite like it. The optional sat-nav, Bluetooth and voice control systems are brilliant.

    I only have a couple of minor niggles; the seatbelt is 'offered' up to the driver and passenger by way of a retractable arm, which is flimsy and not sturdy enough. Also, the seatbelt has a tendency to hit the door glass when released.

    Overall a highly recommended car! My local dealer at Bateman BMW in the South Lakes is also highly recommended - it's my third BMW from them.

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