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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.
  • 320i SE 2dr

    M Stevens Date: 15/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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

  • 320d SE 2dr

    craig campbell , stirlingshire . Date: 05/08/2007
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I got the 320d se with a few extras, auto lights, auto wipers , 18" alloys, bluetooth phone etc.

    I found this car an absolute delight to look at and great to drive. The mpg is good - I'm not getting anything less than mid 40s. Okay, it's only 177bhp but what more do you want from a two litre diesel? It's bulletproof so far on reliability and build. again what a great looking car. thinking about it? don't, just go get it!!!!

  • 335d SE 2dr

    Jim Fulton , Lanarkshire . Date: 13/07/2007
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I took delivery of this car after a few years running an E46 330Ci. With a few options, including Sat Nav, its significantly more expensive than the earlier car, even allowing for the few years gap.

    Having said that, it has some really good advances. The sat nav is excellent, though speed camera locations with an audible warning is a major ommission, something that Tom Tom has. iDrive does take some getting used to, but is fine unless you are a technophobe.

    Overtaking is, well, explosive! Much quicker than the 330, but fuel economy is disappointing so far. My non ragged driving has only achieved 32mpg so far, well short of the advertised 37mpg, but the engine is still tight, so it remains to be seen how this develops.

    I paid £205 plus the Sat Nav option, only to find that I had to shell out a further £40 for the correct cable to allow full iPod operation via the steering wheel, and display on the Sat Nav screen.

    Apart from the plastic (?) wings, overall quality appears to be better than the earlier car, and the hifi speakers are at least as good as the E46s Harmon Kardons - I'd suggest the HK Logic7 option on the new car probably isn't worth it, though I haven't heard it in direct comparison.

    Apart from a couple of niggles, this is pretty much all the car most folks would ever need. I'll post again on fuel economy after I've covered a few thousand miles.

  • 335d SE 2dr

    Gordon Carey , Herts . Date: 18/06/2007
    • 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

    My last car was a Mercedes E500. Pretty dam fast. This 335d se is 0.2 seconds slower (0-62) but with the sports suspension pack and 427ft/lbs torque it seems faster. I purchased the car new and only have one point to make, the suspension is very hard. Other than that the 5600 miles in 6 months have been without any problems what so ever. I know the 335i is faster on the 0-62 dash by 0.4 seconds but at 30 mph press the on the gas and you will out accelerate the petrol. I dont get less than 29 mpg and I don't get more than 47 mpg. I average 30 to 32 mpg, and it wont cost £400 per year road tax in 18 months time! Great car all round.

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