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.
  • 320d SE 4dr

    Anthony Gant , Suffolk . Date: 02/12/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have driven a BMW 320d SE recently. The test car was fitted with 19-inch wheels with very low profile wheels tyres, but despite this it was still very quiet and rode wheel. Compared to my 325Ci, the performance felt as good - just don't expect the same sound track.

    The test car also had wood and lemon yellow leather which looked very upmarket. My overall impression was of a very impressive all-round car, it's just a shame the extras cost so much. The only gripe is the height adjustment on the front seats. Also, unless large alloys are fitted and the colour is right, the new shape 3 Series can look awful!

  • 320d SE 4dr

    Andy Bartholomew Date: 24/11/2005
    • 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

    I have owned this car for just over a week, its six months old with 7k on the clock, I picked it after having a bad experience owning a Saab 9-3 Vector sport.

    I find it excellent, the quality is there, unlike the Saab. It feels very solid on the road, the steering gives good feedback, the engine is fantastic, powerful and the smoothest/quietest diesel I have driven (unlike the the tractor engine fitted the the Saab!).

    Fuel economy is very good, I've covered 1500 miles already, returning over 50mpg. As you would expect from a BMW, the interior is well designed and everything falls to hand when required. I like the push button start, but it did make my wife panic when she stalled it! -

    Still, maybe she won't want to drive it again!!!

  • 320d SE 4dr

    Brian Love Date: 14/11/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I first wrote a review back in November a couple of months after taking delivery of my new 320d SE and stated that the "jury was still out".

    Well, having driven the car for about 6 months now, I have to say I am regretting every minute of my decision not to stick with my Volvo S60!

    My intial thoughts that it would get better just haven't materialised and I am seriously thinking of taking it into the garage for a considered opinion, as surely a car at that price and reputation (never owned a BMW before) would hug the road and be a dream to drive.

    I have no confidence whatsoever in the car and especially when I'm going reasonably fast round a bend I feel as if the car is sliding all over the place and I'm going to end up in a ditch at any time. I could hammer round a bend in my old S60 without bricking myself! Although, I don't know if I want to go into the dealer and make a fool of myself when they tell me that's the BMW's are with their rear wheel drive! The rest of the car is fine, especially economy, but should it really be that bad?

    Is anyone else out there having similar problems, if you are please tell me? I've even had 2 rear punctures and so I've got 2 new tyres so don't think it's them. Unless something drastic happens I certainly won't be buying another BMW!

  • 330d SE 4dr

    Richard Hine Date: 12/11/2005
    • 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

    Have now had this car for 130K miles and it has been fantastic. A real drivers car, but practical enough to carry 4 adults and their kit for a weekend.

    Have towed bikes and horseboxes with no bother. It's that engine! Why would you ever use petrol again? Torque is what it is all about, it is this and not power that makes for a relaxed drive. Switch off the DSC, and see how easy it is to spin up the back wheels ;-). Am shortly to replace it with a new model, can't wait.

    Bad points.... Engine can be intimidating, engine pushes on at low speed without throttle - have to cover brake and the dealer says that the tickover is as low as it can be. Fine when you are use used to it. I have had 4 replacement hoses that link to headlight screen wash, and have had to get rain sensor for lights and wipers reset a couple of times. I tried the sports suspension on another model, and suggest that you stay clear of it as the ride was hard. The ride on my standard SE was quite firm enough.

    There is no better diesel on the market! Get an IPOD mount and not a 6 CD autochanger!

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