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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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187 reader reviews for BMW 3 Series Saloon.
  • 318i Sport Plus 4dr

    chris hobbs , . Date: 18/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I have just come from an A4 Sline. The BMW is probably the wost car I have ever owned. It looks very pretty but thats where it stops. I have the 318d sport plus (replacement of the Msport). As a high milage driver BMW dont give the tools that we need to do the journey. Bluetooth phone prep, this doesnt pickup missed, dialled, recieved calls, it displays all information on a tiny screen on the radio. It is easier to pickup the phone and dial the number, defeating the object of it. There is no autoheadlights, no autowindscreen wipers, no boot open (from inside the car). the start/stop button doesnt work without inserting the key, pointless having it! boot doesnt fit a standard buggy in, no split rear seats, so I can either take my son out or his buggy! no Xenon lights, so night driving is poor. I have been driving the car at 70mph on the motorway without ranting it, and dont get above 45mpg (apparently it goes up to 70mpg?????). All of these things should be part of the heafty 30K price tag! Audi A4 comes with it all for less money!!! When spec'ing out a BMW perhaps the idiots who choose what should be in there as standard may want to do some miles in the car first and not just pick off a list. Leather seats really dont need to be standard over the more basic tools.... I am now trying to return my BMW and wont be gettig another one. Oh yes for those of you that might still want to buy one, you will need to spend another 5k to get these functions, dont bother buy an Audi instead

  • 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.

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