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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
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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89 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 330d Sport 4dr

    Toni Evans , Shropshire . Date: 09/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We owned a BMW 330Diesel Sport with a steptronic gear box. At first owning the car was fantastic, it felt luxurious and had a lot of power to be able to overtake when needed. However running the car was another thing. It is heavey on diesel and the servicing charges are not cheap. You also need to change the brake fluid every 2 years which we were not told which was again expensive. The car has only done 80,000 miles and started missing and something was not right with the gears. After taking it into BMW they said one fuel injector had gone (costing £607 to fix). Then they found that there was still a problem and found residue in the gear box. Even with a BMW discount this was going to cost £3000!! We were sold the car by saying it was like a tank and practically bomb proof. We did question the gear box but was told that being a diesel it would be okay for thousands of miles. We found the dealership very dissapointing and always wanting money and a lot of things were having to be done on the car. I wish we were warned of the costs we may of experienced with car before paying out such money. The customer service of BMW is also poor considering the money you spend.

  • 316i 1.9 4dr

    jhu jio Date: 08/10/2007
    • 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

    Come rain or shine,gailed force winds with near zero visibility,due to rain or hail on the M1, and the 316i (1998-2007) reigns superior to most family saloons. True, an experienced driver with a set of Pirelli 6000 tyres, would help...but the 316i is truely an idiot proof car with excellent reliability, responsiveness and sturdiness with a simple enough package for servicing at Kwik Fit.Running costs are relatively cheap and parts are a dime a dozen, given the robust machine that BMW has created. From personal experience and a neutral point of view,this car is a step ahead of Audi's A4 and Mercedes C-Class given the fact that it will become "one" with the driver and goes exactly where the driver points it. Safety standards are probably equivocal. Maintained correctly, this car could easily become Man's best friend....Well done BMW!

  • 316i SE 4dr

    Chris Shackleton Date: 27/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have a 316i SE and the car is a diamond!

    I am a sales manager, so you can understand the 127,000 miles on the clock, but don't let that fool you, because this car has been fantastic from the day I bought it.

    I will admit the dash and interior are nothing special but then neither is an Aston Martin.

    The one problem I found was how expensive everything is to replace. I always used to take the car to the BMW dealer, but I found a garage that save me 60% of the costs, so I am happy with that.

    The drive is fantastic and smooth, and there is loads of room in the front and back.

    I will be very sad to leave her when I replace her with a VW Golf R32 later next month, but to all you lot thinking of buying? Buy it now - you will love it.

    My boss has an A4 and, yes, it may be nice inside, but the engine is not so great.

  • 320d SE 4dr

    Mike Tufnell Date: 19/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Last weekend I borrowed an 07-plate BMW 320d SE from the local dealer for an extended test drive, as I am looking around for a replacement of my Audi 2.0 TDI SE which will be three years old in January next year.

    On the basis of my experience, I will definitely not be buying the BMW. Since my Audi has servotronic power steering (not available, even as an option, on the BMW), driving the BMW was like driving a tank, though my muscles no doubt got some much-needed exercise.

    The interior of the cabin, as opposed to the opinion of this magazine that it is 'while the cabin materials are top quality', in my opinion, is 'cheap' and, when I returned the car to the dealer, I said: 'engine made by BMW, instruments provided by Woolworths'. The handbrake was the cheapest-looking I have seen in a long time.

    Whilst I was waiting for the car to be made ready for me, I had a look inside a 5 Series and, to my surprise, the instrumentation was just the same.

    Over the country as a whole, there may be more BMW 3 Series than Audi A4s (there certainly is in the south of England), but my experience here in Yorkshire is that there are at least six or seven times as many A4s as there are BMW 3 Series.

    No doubt it could be said that since the total number of BMW 3 Series is higher than that of Audi A4s, it must be a better car. No doubt a psychologist could give a different interpretation of the data.

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