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!
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.
Practical, frugal, rapid. A contender for the most complete package on sale today.
This is the third BMW I have owned and the last. I bought the car from new, and was not happy right from the first day.
I'm not sure if I just got a 'Friday' car or if this a relection of the model. I kept the car for 18 months in which time it went back to the dealership 15 times for warranty repairs.
First it had massive oil consumption, which BMW promised me was within tolerance (one litre every 1000 miles). Finally the car had new rings fitted which solved the problem.
The second problem was leaking door seals - the water poured in when it rained! It was finally sorted after three visits to the garage.
Next was thermostat failure - I had to months wait for a new one. Lastly, the electric windows failed - the first indication was that the lights went dim when you used the windows. This led to eventual failure. The car went in nine times for this problem. Yes, 9 times.
Only when I demanded my money back from BMW did they sort it out.
When the car was not in the garage, it was a reasonable drive, although it suffered from excessive understeer and is underpowered. The interior is bland and in truth it felt like a small car.
Finally, the BMW dealership and BMW GB: their service was by far the worst I have ever had; they just failed to take responsibility for the poor quality of the car.
The final straw was when they gave me a courtesy car whilst my car was yet again in for warranty repairs - a Ford Focus.
I wouuld never buy BMW again
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