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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.
  • 320d SE 4dr

    Mark Gibbs Date: 16/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have test driven a new 320dSE for the last couple of days and will not be choosing one as my next company car.

    The ride was harsh with little travel, it was noisy, the wipers I could get used to, but the starter button is pointless and takes longer to use than a key. If you want to copy a 5 year old Renault idea then do, but do it better BMW!

    Frankly, I hated the car and the prospect of paying tax on £25000 when I do not get a hatch, cruise, climate, a quiet comfortable ride, anything other than gloomy colours and with no one prepared to let me out of side turnings, I must say no. £1800 on top to put the wheels on it that it should come with is an insult and no-one should buy this car.

    My new Saab 93 SW 150 vector sport has everything for less and is better in every way. No one is likely to run a key down the side just for the sake of it either.

  • 320i SE 4dr

    Paul Soper , West Yorkshire . Date: 15/09/2005
    • 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

    Cracking motor. After owning and driving a Vectra for the last three years, this is something special.

    When you move the steering wheel, the car actually goes where you want it to.

    The ride is firm and reassurring. The looks of the interior and exterior are worthy of the BMW badge and I would definitely recommend this car to colleagues.

    In answer to somebody who thinks the indicators are dangerous: I recommend driving a Vectra for a few days and this should change your mind.

  • 320d 4dr

    Steven jones , Somerset . Date: 08/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car for just 2 days and covered over 500 miles already and I have to say what a huge disappointment it is. The ride is quite simply terrible!

    The road noise is excessive, and the seat is really uncomfortable. In all the reviews I read it is claimed to have a quiet almost serene cabin - what a load of rubbish it seems far louder than my previous 320d. You hear and feel every bump and change in road surface.

    The constant bumping has probably made the seat feel more uncomfortable than it is. Unfortunately I have to keep this car for two years and I shall be counting down every day!

  • 320d SE 4dr

    Gordon Macdonald , Warwickshire . Date: 19/08/2005
    • Overall 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

    My car

    Upside - Good fuel economy, interior headroom, exterior shape, road holding, quiet at motorway speed.

    Downside - Loss of wrap around instrument panel/controls, indicator switch is dangerous, no confidence in run flat tyres, sticky synchromesh going into 3rd gear, dislike starter button, tyres look small in relation to body shape. no document retainer in sun-visor, no rear arm rest in base.

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