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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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186 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 318i M Sport 4dr

    Tony Price , Notts . Date: 19/02/2009
    • Overall 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I chose this car as an opt out of the company car scheme having previously had a Golf GT TDI and before that an Accord iCDTI. I got the car last November and having read some of the reviews was a little concerned. My concern has now evapourated and I can say that this is the best carI have driven in terms of handling, ride and refinement. The engine is not as "torqe-y" (if such an expression exists) as the TDi at low revs but it makes up for it at top end performance. The tramlining does occur but I got that on the Golf and Accord - it is a feature of the motorways we have to drive on these days - and the effects are minimal anyway. The car looks great; it regularly get comments on how nice it is and the fuel economy is just about as BMW stipulate - those who can't get 50mpg on a motorway with this car aren't trying hard enough. A recent trip from Bridgend to Nottingham yielded 52.8 mpg and I drove it as I would usually do. The average mpg taking into account motorway and then town driving to work is around 39. I would recommend this car to anyone who is looking for a tax efficient alternative ot a company vehicle.

  • 320d ES 4dr

    paul christofi , essex . Date: 11/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having read the "what car" report was expecting great things only to be disappointed. Whilst fun to drive the ride was harsh and the cabin a real let down with an austere appearance with seats that are a real pain to adjust and a level of kit more akin to a base level small car than an executive. This is a car you will either love or hate. great shame.

  • 320i ES 4dr

    Tim Sweet , North Somerset . Date: 10/02/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    Having now owned my first BMW for almost 2 years, I am still totally impressed by the overall quality and driving experience. Although I have had minor problems such as a warning light coming on when it shouldn't (but soon went off after a few days), a squeeky clutch return spring (solved myself with a little grease) and an occasionally juddery clutch (only when cold) the car has proved totally reliable and a joy to drive. Having read reports of harsh ride and tramlining at low speeds, I can report that on 16 inch run flats the ride feels no firmer than any other (sporty driving) car I have owned (bigger wheels will naturally give a harsher ride and you should stick to smaller rims if this bothers you) Tramlining can occur, even with the smaller wheels, but only at very low speeds & over VERY poor surfces (this trait doesn't bother me as it happens only occasionally) Am looking forward to collecting my coupe in March and I hope it proves as reliable & enjoyable as my saloon has.

  • 320d M Sport 4dr

    Conn Ryan , dublin . Date: 02/02/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    I have had what I consider to be a few good cars at this stage, 99 320i, 99 318is, 98 C180, 03 E240, 02 TT, 05 CLK, 03 520i, 05 A4 1.8T. Mostly all new or max 2 yrs old when I was driving them. I have to say my 08 320d 4 door Auto 177bhp beats them all for driving experience, fuel economy, performance and build quality. Its also really quiet and looks good. It was a toss up for the A4 / A5 or this and I'm happy I went with the BMW. My Audi was starting to give a little trouble and my New TT had lots of problems. No more Audi for me.

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